You want expert advice, efficient work, fair billing, and timely completion for your real estate and business matters. Whether you are a local or national client needing help in purchasing a $240,000,000 office building in downtown Minneapolis or in selling a small business or home, having a good attorney at a fair price is important to you. I have experience and can help you.

I have been a real estate and business lawyer for over 35 years-25 years as a partner at Maslon LLP (one of the largest law firms in Minnesota) and more than 10 years as an independent practitioner and business owner beginning in January 2010. I was a Director of a nationally chartered Bank and served for 6 years as a Trustee of Washburn Center for Children, one of the nation’s leading mental health care centers for children.

I currently serve on the Board of Dovetail Partners, an internationally respected environmental non-profit. Past and present clients include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Hines Interests Limited Partnership. Call me at 612 963 7707 or email me at ed@chaninlaw.com for a free initial consultation.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Formation and Counseling
  • Business Contracts
  • Real Estate Acquisitions, Property Management, Sales and Exchanges
  • Real Estate and Business Financing
  • Real Estate Leasing-Office, Industrial, Restaurant, Retail and Ground Leases
  • Title, Zoning and Land Use Matters
  • Development Contracts
  • Design, Engineering and Construction Agreements


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. 1984
  • Class Valedictorian
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Law Review
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. 1980
  • Clerkships
  • Federal District Court Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Alsop 1984
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Clerk to the Honorable Justice Todd 1984-1985

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1985
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Member
  • Real Property Section Member


Mr. Chanin bills for his time on an hourly basis. He is willing to discuss flat fees for specific matters and to consider alternative fee arrangements.

Your trusted Real Property Specialist, as certified by the Minnesota Bar Association for more than 35 years.

Experience, Expertise,
Integrity and personal
service for your
important legal matters.

"The best part of practicing law is the people I've met. Many of my clients have become good friends."
Ed Chanin

"Ed is the only lawyer I would trust with anything I have."

Greg LeMond LeMond Companies

"I’ve worked with Ed for more than 25 years on real estate matters for Hines. He is a first rate lawyer and a great guy."

Bob Pfefferle, Director Hines

18171 82nd Place North
Maple Grove, MN 55311


612 963 7707