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200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Carla J. Pedersen Shareholder

Carla J. Pedersen joined Barna, Guzy & Steffen after practicing for more than 27 years at the law firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chtd., in Minneapolis, where she began as an Associate in 1997.  Carla practices in commercial real estate development and leasing, financing, governmental law and multifamily housing.  She has more than thirty years of experience in real estate law which encompasses all aspects of real estate deals including purchase, sale and development of real estate; landlord and tenant leasing; real estate and public financing; governmental matters; and multifamily housing matters.  Carla has also been involved with continuing education seminars, keeping herself and colleagues abreast of important legal developments and changes in the real estate field.

Notable local projects Carla has worked on include Allianz Field, Downtown East, Palace Theatre, Target Field, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, CHS Field, Midtown Exchange, Guthrie Theater and the Chambers Hotel.  She also has experience working on multi-family housing developments, both market rate and affordable.  Her client base is diverse, and she has experience in many sizes/types of real estate deals.  Clients rely on her extensive experience negotiating and completing complex business transactions of all types across numerous industries.

Outside of work, Carla enjoys spending time with family at the cabin and on the lake, gardening and doing yard work, and watching sporting events, especially hockey.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate and Business Law 
  • Public and Private Financing
  • Governmental Law
  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Minnesota, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1992
  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1991, cum laude; Silver Gavel Honor Society
  • B.A., Political Science, St. Olaf College, 1988, cum laude
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW)
  • Fellowship of Christian Business and Professional Women (FCBPW)
  • 2005 MNCREW Deal of the Year – Midtown Exchange Project
  • 2005 CREW Network Deal of the Year – Midtown Exchange Project
  • 2009 MNCREW Economic Improvement Award – W Minneapolis- The Foshay
  • 2010 MNCREW Economic Improvement Award – Mill District City Apartments
  • 2011 MNCREW Economic Improvement Award – Target Field Project


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