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Michelle R. Jester - Minneapolis, MN

100 South 5th StreetSuite 1400 Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Updated: 03/17/2023

Minneapolis Banking & Finance Lawyer


There is always something cooking in Michelle's kitchen and her office. And, over the years, Michelle has perfected her recipes and her approach, recognizing that each transaction is unique and calls for a different type of client advocate.

Real estate transactions, oftentimes, require basic ingredients - a mixture of strong business sense, a practical approach and her easy-going nature...

About Michelle R. Jester

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Banking Operations
  • Commercial Financing
  • Creditors’ Remedies
  • Tax Credit Financing
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Acquisition & Sales
  • Commercial Leasing

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Specialties and Certifications

  • Real Property Law Specialist, Real Property Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association

Other Affiliations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (Member)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers (Member)
  • Minnesota Bankers Association (Member)


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1994
  • St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Finance
    Major: Economics

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Chi Theta

Past Positions

  • Gurstel & Gurstel, Ltd., Associate Attorney, -
  • Gurstel & Gurstel, Ltd., Law Clerk, -

Pro Bono Activities

  • Independent Community Bankers Association
  • Minnesota Regional Chamber of Commerce

Classes and Seminars

  • Panelist, “Real Estate Financing” – St. Thomas School of Law, June 2015


Other Sources of Feedback About Michelle R. Jester

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
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michelle R. Jester on Super Lawyers


  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2004 - 2008
  • Top Women in Finance, Finance and Commerce, 2006 & 2012
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics and Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability


Office Information


100 South 5th StreetSuite 1400 Minneapolis, MN 55402


  • (612) 672-3777



  • Author, “Hot Topics in Construction Lending” – MBA News, November/December 2019
  • Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Commercial Lending” – MBA News, March/April 2016
  • Co-Author, “A Regulation E Refresher” – MBA News, November/December 2014
  • Co-Author, “Co-Borrower or Guarantor? A Distinction with a Difference” – ICBM News, July 2014
  • Co-Author, “Understanding When to Use Form Versus Custom Loan Documents” – MBA News, Nov/Dec 2014
  • Co-Author, “Need a Loan? It Helps to See Finance from the Lender’s View” – Upsize Magazine, July 2013
  • “Top Women in Finance Circle of Excellence” – St. Cloud State University Outlook Magazine, Spring 2013
  • Co-Author, “Loan Workouts – Take Back Control from Borrowers” – MBA News, July 2011

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