Daniel J. Gilchrist

Daniel J. Gilchrist

Senior Attorney


Dan's clients appreciate and draw upon his background in business and finance, which enables him to pay special attention to clients' business objectives while minimizing risks and unnecessary costs.

Dan focuses on commercial real estate law and real estate finance law, advising clients on acquisitions, dispositions, mortgage financing, foreclosures, leasing, development (including wind and solar energy development), and title due diligence. Before practicing law, Dan built a career spanning nearly 10 years in 3M Company's Finance Division, gaining experience in the areas of banking, credit management, and accounting.

Dan also dedicates his time and talent to benefit the legal profession and the commercial real estate industry. He served on the board of directors for the Hennepin County Bar Association for seven years, working on a range of issues affecting the legal community and its stakeholders. He previously served on the Executive Council and the Assembly of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and was the Chair of the MSBA’s New Lawyers’ Section. He is an active member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA), where he has served on the MSCA's board of directors and on various MSCA committees.

Dan is a board certified real property law specialist. He was a partner at Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where he practiced law for nearly a decade.

Education & Admissions

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 2003), Ranked 4th in his class, cum laude, Student Award of Merit

University of St. Thomas (M.B.A., 1996)

St. Cloud State University (B.S., Finance), cum laude


  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


Representative Experience

Dan has completed complex and sophisticated commercial real estate and real estate finance transactions throughout the United States, leading deals from acquisition through development, including leasing, financing and dispositions. He also developed an extensive real estate finance practice, assisting financial institutions with a variety of mortgage loan deals, as well as foreclosures, deeds in lieu, and related dispositions. Dan also assisted numerous energy companies with the acquisition, financing or disposition of a variety of energy projects, including wind, solar, hydro and ethanol. His expertise includes substantial experience in office leasing, industrial leasing, and retail leasing.

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, At-Large Director, 2011-2017
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Former Section Chair and Executive Council Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Delegation Member, traveling to Havana, Cuba to study the Cuban justice system, 2011

Community Involvement

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, At-Large Director, 2012-2015
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Mentor, 2004-2008
  • Minnesota Shopping Center Association, Director, 2011-2014
  • University of Minnesota civil-rights moot court competition, Volunteer Judge 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012


  • Minnesota “Rising Star": Selected by the Minnesota Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” 2011-2013
  • “Up and Coming Attorney": One of 16 honorees of Minnesota Lawyer in May 2006
Daniel J. Gilchrist