Paul Moe partners with clients to advance their business goals in environmental and real estate related matters, including remediation, development, financing, and the sale and leasing of contaminated commercial property.


Paul works with developers in land acquisition, governmental approvals, construction and financing for new projects. Paul has worked with regional and national real estate development organizations, retailers and venture capital firms involved in development. He advises clients on proposed acquisitions of potentially contaminated properties and using the Minnesota "Land Recycling Act" to facilitate development. He has represented "green developers" in the acquisition and development of "brownfield" and "greenfield" sites.


Paul works with both lenders and borrowers to finance new development, redevelopment, corporate acquisitions, and real estate transfers. He advises both lenders and borrowers in foreclosure and workout matters. He advises clients on multistate financing matters and negotiates construction and permanent loan financing for regional development projects.

Property Disposition

Paul acts as counsel in transactions throughout the United States. He has advised a broad range of property owners, including Target Corporation, Xcel Energy, H.B. Fuller Company and 3M Company.

Environmental Liability

Paul advises clients on liability associated with the ownership of real property, including matters related to hazardous waste, asbestos and lead-based paint.

Real Estate Law

Paul provides legal services in other areas of real estate law, including right-of-way issues and the rights of public utilities. He has experience with condominiums and other common interest communities, as well as in matters related to historic preservation and environmental review of development proposals. He counsels owners and developers of residential rental housing with respect to tenant rights and remedies. He negotiates commercial leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

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Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (research editor) (1986)

St. Olaf College
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1983)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Strategies for Green Real Estate Law
    Co-author, chapter entitled Helping Clients Navigate the Green Building Purchasing Process, Aspatore, 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Various Housing Organizations

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law, 2009-24
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-17, 2019
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys — Fellow
  • Certified as a real property law specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Real Estate, 2006-22
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