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Carl E. Christensen - Minneapolis , MN

305 Fifth Avenue NorthSuite 375 Minneapolis , MN 55401

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Updated: 01/12/2024

Minneapolis Litigation Lawyer


Carl Christensen founded Christensen Sampsel 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 outstate 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...

About Carl E. Christensen

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Trade Secret
  • Technology Law
  • Real Estate


  • 75%


  • Sesotho


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • MSBA Consumer Litigation Section, Council Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    Honors: Research Assistant
  • Washington University

Past Positions

  • Honorable Kenneth Sandvik in the Sixth Judicial District, Lake and Cook Counties, Law Clerk, January 1, 2006 - February 1, 2007
  • Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., Economic Development Coordinator
  • Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Pro Bono Activities

  • Minnesota Return Peace Corps Voluteers
  • U.S Peace Corps

Classes and Seminars

  • Former Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Foundations course, William Mitchell College of Law
  • "Trends in Mortgage Foreclosure Law," (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Dec. 21, 2016).
  • "Obtaining Discovery from Large Institutional Parties," Winning Discovery (MN CLE Jan. 28, 2013)
  • "Distressed Real Estate: Legal Defenses and Workouts," (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Jan. 16, 2013)
  • "Representing Consumer Debtors/Substantive Defenses and Firewall Strategies," What Lawyers Handling Debt Collection Matters Need to Know (MN CLE Apr. 25, 2012)
  • "Helping Distressed Homeowners Rise from the Ashes of Foreclosure" (Henn. Co. Bar Assoc. Real Prop. Mar. 8, 2012)
  • "THE ANSWER," That Old Judgment or Claim May Have Value: Tips to Collect (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Dec. 1, 2011)
  • "Top Ten Defenses to Foreclosure Actions," 2011 Real Estate Institute (Minn. CLE Nov. 4, 2011)
  • "Foreclosure Defense Litigation," Debtor and Creditor Conference 2011, (Minn. CLE Oct. 10, 2011)
  • "New Cases in Foreclosure Defense" (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Sept. 21, 2011)
  • "Foreclosure Defense Litigation," Foreclosure Law & Practice -- Hot Issues in 2011 (Minn. CLE Mar. 22, 2011)
  • "Consumer Scams: Collection and Foreclosure" (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Creditor/Debtor Mar. 16, 2011)
  • Carl E. Christensen and Todd Murray, "Consumer Law Basics," Minnesota Continuing Legal Education New Lawyer Experience (Minn. CLE July 29, 2010)
  • "Foreclosure Defense Litigation" (Ramsey Co. Bar Assoc Real Estate Sect. Feb. 16, 2010)
  • "Foreclosure Defense Litigation" (Henn. Co. Bar. Assoc. Jan. 20, 2010)


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Included on the 2024 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Carl E. Christensen on Super Lawyers


Office Information


305 Fifth Avenue NorthSuite 375 Minneapolis , MN 55401

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Carl E. Christensen, "Legal QuickSheetsm on Defenses to Foreclosure Actions" (MN CLE 2012)

Representative Cases

  • Langer v. JP Morgan Chase, et al., 27-CV-15-21901 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Oct. 3, 2017)
  • Nutraceutical Corp. v. Affordable Naturals, LLC., 2:14-cv-00907-JNP-PMW, 2017 WL 4564739 (D. Utah Sept. 9, 2017)
  • Bajwa v. Chateau Edina Condo. Ass'n, 27-CV-17-2573 (Minn. Dist. Ct. May 2, 2017)
  • 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.”
  • TCI Business Capital, Inc., v. Five Star American Die Casting, LLC, 890 N.W.2d 423 (Minn. Ct. App. 2017)
  • Foreman & Airhart, Ltd. v. Haenke, et al., 27-CV-16-14183 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Dec. 19, 2016)
  • Bridgewater Bank v. Hessburg, et al., 27-CV-11-6954 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Nov. 3, 2016)
  • Stubby Strip, LLC v. Food Market Merchandising, Inc., et al., 5:15-CV-1410-GLS-ATB (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2016)
  • Food Market Merchandising, Inc. v. Stubby Strip, LLC, 27-CV-15-11442 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Sept. 7, 2016)
  • TCI Business Capital, Inc. v. Five Star American Die Casting, LLC, et al.,19HA-CV-14-2708 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Aug. 19, 2015)
  • Affordable Naturals, LLC v. Hidden Valley Group, Inc., d/b/a Designing Ducks, LLC, 0:14-CV-04527-RHK-BRT (D. Minn. June 4, 2015)
  • Glassick v. Wells Federal Bank, case no. 27-CV-12-2308 (Sept. 20, 2013)
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Nelson, case no. 48-CV-10-1496 (Jan. 8, 2013)
  • Cole v. Primary Mortgage, case no. 27-CV-09-16146 (July 1, 2010)
  • Peterson-Price v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass'n, 2010 WL 1782188, Civ. No. 09-495 (May 4, 2010)

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