Charles S. Ferrell

Senior Counsel


Charlie Ferrell draws from more than four decades of experience to help clients tackle complex, high-value, high-impact real estate projects. His practice covers all facets of commercial real estate.

Charlie has been the primary lawyer for the development and operation of millions of square feet of space of office, retail, hotel and industrial projects. He has acted as lead outside counsel on major office developments, hotels, mixed use facilities, sports facilities and sale-leaseback projects.


Bar Admissions



University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (1977)

Cornell University
B.S. with distinction (1971)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Practical Answers to Common Insurance Questions
    Real Estate Institute, November 9, 2007
  • Commercial Leasing - Change of Use, "Going Dark," Large Remodels and Other Major Changes to the Property
    Real Estate Institute, November 18-19, 2005
  • Insurance Clauses in Your Real Estate Developments
    Real Estate Institute, November 19-20, 2004
  • Assignment and Subletting in Commercial Leasing
    Real Estate Institute, November 14-16, 2002
  • The Business Deal and Beyond - 10 Things You Need to Know About Work Letters
    Real Estate Institute, November 10-11, 2001
  • Mixed Use Developments - Key Decision Points
    Real Estate Institute, November 9, 2001
  • Economic Development and Site Selection Conference
    RE Journal

    St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, October 6, 2001
  • Real Estate Math
    The 2001 Real Estate Convenience Series, June 11-13, 2001
  • Legal Issues in Valuation ("Leases" Session)
    MS in Real Estate Appraisal

    University of St. Thomas, January 26, 2001
  • Commercial Leases, Annotated Document Series
    Real Estate Institute, September 6-7, 2000
  • Rent, Operating Expenses and Taxes
    1999 Real Estate Institute, November 19-20, 1999
  • Annotated Commercial Lease
    Business Start-Up and Commercial Transaction (Document Series), February 4-6, 1997
  • The Priorities of Lease Negotiations and Other Negotiable Lease Clauses
    Commercial Leasing Conference, 1996
  • Analysis of the Business Deal in a Commercial Lease
    Real Estate Institute, November 3-4, 1995
  • Real Estate Insurance Law Primer
    Real Estate Law and Practice, 1989
  • Form of Commercial Lease
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Environmental Law
  • Lease Representation for Civic groups
  • Counsel to Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization

Professional Associations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Certified Real Property Law Specialist
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group

Civic Activities

  • Downtown Council of Minneapolis — Past Chair
  • Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization — Past Chair
  • Downtown Circulator Task Force — Chair
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice — Treasurer, Past Chair


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Real Estate, "Senior Statespeople," 2019-20 
  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Real Estate, 2003-18; Star Individual, 2012-18
  • The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2011
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Real Estate, 2003-19 (Minnesota's Top 100, 2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Real Estate Law, 1987-2015, 2017-20 (Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2009)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Diversity Award for Individual Attorney, 2007
  • Lawdragon — 500 Leading Dealmakers in America, 2007
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