Mark W. Westra

Mark W. Westra

Of Counsel


Practice Areas

  • Finance, Lending and Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy, Workout and Loan Restructuring
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate and Commercial Finance
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Banking
  • Leasing

Representative Transactions

Construction loans for office, industrial, apartment and retail projects

Revolving credit, acquisition, term and asset-based loans

Workouts, restructuring and bankruptcy representation for problem loans

Purchases, sales and development of office, industrial, rental and residential properties

Representative Clients


• U.S. Bank National Association
• Bank of America, N.A.
• Dougherty Funding LLC
• Associated Bank, National Association
• TCF National Bank
• The PrivateBank and Trust Company
• PNC Bank, N.A.

Owners and Developers

• Cargill Financial Services Corp./CarVal Investors
• Tanurb Developments Inc. (Shopping Center Owner)
• Eagle Ridge Partners LLC (Investor; Developer)
• Alatus LLC (Investor; Developer)
• Stewart Capital Partners LLC (Investor; Developer)
• Unilev Capital Corp.
• MW Developers (Developer)

Professional Organizations and Achievements

Inducted into the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Selected as Best Lawyer “Banking Lawyer of the Year” (2009 and 2010)

Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys

Minnesota “Super Lawyer”

Selected for “Best Lawyers in America,” Banking Law and Real Estate Law

Recognized in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses

Individually Ranked 1 in Real Estate by Chambers USA

AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, Top Rated Lawyer, Real Estate (2013)

Real Estate Board of Advisors, St. Thomas Opus College of Business

Member, Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations

Member, American Bar Association

Real Property Financing Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Other Information

Former instructor, Hamline Law School, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Legal Writing and Uniform Commercial Code, 1975-1979

Lecturer on Banking, Financing, Loan Documentation and Real Estate subjects for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, Professional Education Systems and CES Education Services, Inc.

United States Navy, 1968-1971


  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1974
  • Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; Managing Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • B.A., Macalester College, (Economics) cum laude, 1968
  • Honors Program-Highest Distinction, Omicron Delta Epsilon honorary, Economics Fraternity, Wall Street Journal Award


  • United States District Court, Minnesota
  • State of Minnesota


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  • Direct: 612.359.7616
  • Fax: 612.359.7602

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