Paul W. Anderson




Assistant: Shawna Spindler



Paul Anderson is a shareholder in Messerli Kramer’s Commercial Real Estate group and has been with the firm since 1988.  He has spent his career negotiating and documenting transactions for his clients in all areas of commercial real estate, including sales, acquisitions, land use planning and development; construction, financing and leasing of retail shopping centers; student housing projects, upscale residential apartment complexes, charter schools, and senior apartments; and assisted living and skilled nursing care facilities.  Paul has strong connections with the industry’s leaders and service providers, and his reputation as a loyal and effective advocate for his clients is well known in the Twin Cities real estate community and beyond.   He is experienced in all areas of real estate law, skilled in managing complex, multi-party transactions and he listens carefully to his clients to identify their business needs in order to obtain the best possible outcomes. 

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Representative Experience
  • Represented client in the acquisition of land, development, construction, financing and leasing of multiple regional retail shopping centers throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

  • Represented national client in leasing a large retail shopping center in Woodbury, Minnesota to national and regional tenants.

  • Represented regional client in the acquisition and redevelopment of a multinational corporate headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota.

  • Represented client in the acquisition, development, construction and financing of three student housing projects located on the University of Minnesota campus and subsequent sale of the projects, with an aggregate value of more than $200 million, including formation of a Tenancy in Common structure to accommodate a tax deferred exchange.

  • Represented client in connection with the sale of an apartment project and simultaneous refinancing of a second apartment project, in which the mortgaged debt on the site sold was transferred to the second site and assumed by the site’s owner.

  • Represented clients in the creation of a Tenancy in Common ownership structure to accommodate a partial forward and partial reverse tax deferred exchange.

  • Represented client in the development of upscale apartment projects in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minnesota and negotiated construction financing for the projects totaling in the aggregate $80.5 million.

  • Assisted client in the redevelopment of a former downtown St. Paul retail building into a mixed-use project including a sports practice facility.

  • Represented client in multi-party transactions including simultaneous acquisition and sale of several parcels of property, partial reverse and partial forward tax deferred exchanges to redevelop and replat multiple parcels into a cohesive, mixed-use development.

  • Represented non-profit charter school in connection with acquisition and financing of several charter school facilities in the City of Minneapolis, including a recent multi-lender financing transaction involving employing traditional secured loans as well as new market tax credits.

  • Provides on-going real estate support for tax-exempt bond financing transactions for non-profit senior housing and skilled care providers.

Publications & Presentations
Professional & Community


  • Minnesota


  • Certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Shopping Center Association, Member
Honors & Distinctions
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000-2001