Colleen MacRae practices with the firm's Business, Finance & Real Estate team. She represents both buyers and sellers in the negotiation and closing of mergers, asset purchases, and stock acquisitions. Colleen provides advice to businesses regarding formation, organization, restructuring, and contract negotiation.
Colleen also regularly represents real estate developers, purchasers, and sellers in a variety of commercial real estate transactions. She assists landlords and tenants in lease transactions for office, retail, and industrial leasing and provides counseling to clients on issues relating to zoning, permitting, land use, economic development incentives, and environmental regulatory compliance.
Colleen is very active in professional, civic, and nonprofit organizations and currently serves on a number of boards and committees in the community.
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section
1 of 5 real estate attorneys in the U.S. selected to be a 2018-2020 Fellow
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2021-2022
Real Estate Law, 2021-2022
Great Plains Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, 2020-2021
Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association
- Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
- Environment, Energy, & Resources Section
Iowa State Bar Association
- Young Lawyer’s Executive Council, 2013–2017
- Bench-Bar Conference Committee Member, 2013–2015
Polk County Bar Association
Capital Crossroads Capital Core
Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa
- Board Member, 2018–present
- Facilities/Capital Projects Committee, 2018–present
City of Des Moines Urban Design
- Review Board, 2013–2020
- Vice Chair, 2015–2017
City of Des Moines Comprehensive Plan DSM and Zoning Ordinance Steering Committee
Appointed Member, 2015–2019
East Village Neighborhood Association
- President, 2014–2015
- Treasurer, 2013, 2014
- Board, 2011–2017
Nominated Civilian Attendee, National Security Seminar, Army War College
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Community Leadership Program
Class of 2015
SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS
"Practical Pointers: The (Disappearing) Right of First Refusal and Other Potential Trouble"
Probate and Property Magazine, September/October 2020 (author)
"Advising Tenants in Co-Working Space 'Leases'"
American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Annual Conference, 2020 (moderator)