Representative Matters

Michael Hatting focuses his practice in business transactions with particular emphasis on commercial real estate, commercial lending, general corporate and regulatory law, including commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, project development, historic rehabilitation tax credits, joint venture financing, property management and leasing.

Mr. Hatting has represented a number of large commercial real estate lenders in the Twin Cities market, and he serves as outside general counsel for a number of real estate development and investment companies. Mr. Hatting was instrumental in the formation and management of an asset fund that invests in and turns around distressed properties.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Mr. Hatting was an attorney in a firm headquartered in Saint Paul. He also previously served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Exeter Realty Company.

Mr. Hatting has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has presented continuing education seminars on a variety of real estate topics, including commercial real estate loan documentation and closing, real estate agency law, environmental liability assurances, utilizing tax credits and grants to finance development projects, and case studies of historic rehabilitation tax credit projects.

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

  • Urban Land Institute

Representative Matters

Mr. Hatting's representative matters and transactions include:

  • Developer's counsel for historic mixed-use Custom House apartment and hotel redevelopment project in St. Paul
  • Lender's counsel in many real-estate and asset based loans in multiple states for national and regional banks, and community bank lenders
  • Developer's counsel for historic C&E Lofts apartments in St. Paul
  • Developer's counsel for mixed-use Cobalt Condominiums and retail center in Minneapolis
  • Many transactions representing landlords of leases with national retailers, large office, and medical office clinic tenants
  • Formation and management of real estate investment and development funds

Community/Civic Activities

  • St. John's Episcopal Church, Past Volunteer
  • Burroughs Community School Site Council, Past Volunteer


J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 2000

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Macalester College, 1993