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D. Charles Macdonald

Senior Counsel


Chuck Macdonald represents lenders in loan and mortgage enforcement proceedings, including foreclosures by action and advertisement, property receivership actions and contract for deed cancellations. He also advises on real estate-related litigation, including mortgage foreclosure defense litigation.

Foreclosures and Workouts

Chuck represents lenders during workouts and foreclosures of loans secured by real estate. He negotiates:
  • Workout agreements, including those with forbearance periods
  • Voluntary mortgage foreclosure agreements
  • Deeds in lieu of foreclosure
  • Appointments of receivers 
  • Confessions of judgment

If and when remedies must be pursued, he pursues foreclosures (both by advertisement and by action), the appointments of receivers and the collection of deficiencies from guarantors. 

Real Estate Litigation

Chuck litigates real estate disputes including:
  • Representing clients in landlord-tenant disputes, commercial eviction actions and rent collection actions
  • Litigating quiet title and adverse possession actions
  • Representing lenders in disputes concerning mortgage priorities and title insurance claims
  • Representing both buyers and sellers in litigation over purchase agreements and contracts for deed


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Harvard Law School
J.D. cum laude (1983)

Moorhead State University
B.A. summa cum laude (1980)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Foreclosure Chapter 
    Debtor-Creditor Handbook, Minnesota CLE, 11th Edition, 2012 and 2014 
  • 2012 Real Estate Institute, A Guide to Foreclosures by Action
    Minnesota CLE, November 2012
  • 2012 Mortgage Foreclosure Conference, Basics of Foreclosure by Action
    Minnesota CLE, June 2012
  • Hot Issues in Debtor-Creditor Practice, Mortgage Foreclosures
    Minnesota CLE, April 2012


  • Best Lawyers® — Litigation - Real Estate; Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, 2024
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys — Fellow
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Real Estate, 2015-19
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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