Deb Mackay assists clients with negotiating and drafting all types of construction and commercial agreements. For more than 20 years, Deb has worked with a range of industry clients to meet their business needs. 

Deb has a deep background in litigating, arbitrating and mediating commercial and construction disputes. She brings this knowledge to her transactional work. She has significant experience in insurance coverage and risk management and advises clients in these areas as well.

Deb previously was a partner with FaegreBD (currently Faegre Drinker) from 2003-09. From 2008-16, she taught business and construction law as well as risk management at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere.

Personal Interests

Outside of her practice, Deb is involved with music and swims with a masters team. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She is a native of Birmingham, England.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota




Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. cum laude, Law Review (1995)

University of Cambridge
M.A. in French and German (1991)

University of Cambridge
B.A. in French and German, with honors (1989)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Construction Financial Management Association, Twin Cities Chapter, 2007-08 — Board Member, 2000-09 (Vice President, 2005-06)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Construction Law Section (President, 2005-06; Council Member, 1997-2008)
  • Construction Management Advisory Board, Minnesota State University, Mankato — Past Chair


Chambers USA — Minnesota, Construction, 2023
Awards Methodology
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