Carl E. Christensen
Carl Christensen founded Christensen Law Office PLLC. Previous to that he clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Sandvik in the Sixth Judicial District, Lake and Cook Counties and had a short stint as a prosecutor in greater Minnesota.
Carl’s scholarship includes multiple presentations and publications on foreclosure, collection, and consumer law. As a student, Carl also contributed to various textbooks on intellectual property and domain name law. He acquired his extensive knowledge of intellectual property and domain name law while a student law clerk at the National Arbitration Forum, a ICANN-designated domain name dispute resolution provider. While in law school, Carl’s trademark and property research enabled him to study land reform law in South Africa, a country he first visited under the auspices of the U.S. Peace Corps as a member of the first volunteers in post-apartheid South Africa. Carl has worked as an adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law, his alma mater, teaching the Intellectual Property Foundations course.
Prior to law school, Carl worked for various non-profits, including Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., contributing to the renovation of Minneapolis’ historic Band Box restaurant, as well as the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.
Carl received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. from Washington University.
When not in the office, Carl enjoys cross country skiing and spending time outdoors with his partner, Karin, their daughter and their dog.
Membership & Affiliations
Awards & Recognition
Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rated
2017 – 2021
2017 – 2022
Super Lawyers Rising Star
2014 – 2015
Cases and Orders
Engstrom v. Whitebirch, Inc., Case No. A18-0366 (Minn. July 31, 2019) unanamously reversing the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff’s complaint alleging two counts under the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act, Minn. Stat. § 325F.69, holding that a person who is targeted by a fraudulent demand and consequently pays an attorney to investigate his liability in response to that demand has been “injured” within the meaning of the private attorney general statute, Minn. Stat. § 8.31, subd. 3a.
Munster Real Estate, LLC v. Webb Bus. Promotions, Inc. et al., Case No. 18-cv-2120-DWF-ECW (Minn. Dist. Ct. Oct. 26, 2018) granting prelimary injuction for trademark infringment.
Langer v. JP Morgan Chase, et al., 27-CV-15-21901 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Oct. 3, 2017) denying Defendants’ motions for summary judgment, in part, and allowing Plaintiffs’ claims for declaratory judgment and quiet title to proceed to trial.
Nutraceutical Corp. v. Affordable Naturals, LLC., 2:14-cv-00907-JNP-PMW, 2017 WL 4564739 (D. Utah Sept. 9, 2017) granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s claims for trademark infringement, false advertising, declaratory relief, and trademark cancellation.
JAGER OUTDOORS, Reg. No. 5,225,730 (Jun. 20, 2017) successfully overcame Section 2(e) descriptiveness refusal and USPTO request to disclaim the word “JAGER.”
Bajwa v. Chateau Edina Condo. Ass’n, 27-CV-17-2573 (Minn. Dist. Ct. May 2, 2017) denying Defendant condominium association’s motion to dismiss claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, and malicious prosecution all related to assessment of association fees; also granting Plaintiff’s motion to amend the pleadings to include claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against association counsel. Further, granting temporary injunction enjoining association from conducting a foreclosure sale. (Minn. Dist. Ct. May 8, 2017).
Articles & Publications
Carl E. Christensen, “Legal QuickSheets on Defenses to Foreclosure Actions” (MN CLE 2012).