Marty Law Firm

The Marty Law Firm offers its clients personal attention and expertise in Land Use Law, Municipal Law, and Real Estate Law. Ms. Marty has helped clients achieve their dreams for over 35 years, representing individuals, land developers, and cities. Recently, Ms. Marty has focused her practice on complex cases where she can co-counsel with another law firm.

Karen Marty is pleased to announce the publication of her book, Minnesota Land Use Law. This seminal work collects and reconciles all Minnesota law on land use in a single book. Through careful organization and concise text, plus extensive footnotes, it gives lawyers and judges the information they need to expertly handle land use matters. Copies of the book may be purchased through CreateSpace, found at

Ms. Marty served as an in-house city attorney for cities in Minnesota and Missouri for 15 years before entering private practice. Through this experience she learned the internal processes by which cities reach decisions, as well as the details and traps of zoning, development, and municipal law. Since entering private practice, she has often worked for developers and has come to fully appreciate the financial and time constraints that developers and property owners face in dealing with government. Understanding both sides enables her to find the fastest and most cost-effective solution to many land use and government issues.

Ms. Marty’s background and experience enable her to provide clients with practical advice for handling matters outside the courtroom, as well as representing clients in litigation and appeals. In addition to this traditional legal work, Ms. Marty has conducted special investigations for cities, and regularly serves as an administrative law judge, hearing appeals from city actions.

Practice Areas

LAND USE LAW - Zoning, conditional use permits, development agreements, subdivisions and plats, and variances.

MUNICIPAL LAW - Administrative law, personnel and employment issues, eminent domain, open meeting law, and real estate issues.

REAL ESTATE LAW - Adverse possession, boundary disputes, deeds, easements, homeowners' associations, purchase and sale of land, restrictive covenants, and title problems.

SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS- Investigation of allegations of employee misconduct, sexual harassment, and conflicts of interest.

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS - Liquor license suspension or termination, tobacco license issues, dangerous dogs, employment termination, and rental assistance (Section 8 housing).

LITIGATION AND APPEALS- Motions, trial, and appeals in civil matters, with emphasis on land use, municipal, and real estate cases.

GENERAL PRACTICE MATTERS - Simple and complex contracts, and simple wills and trusts.

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About Karen E. Marty

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Karen E. Marty began her legal career as an assistant city attorney in Springfield, Missouri. As one of only five attorneys for a rapidly growing city of 140,000, she quickly was immersed in land use matters. She had primary responsibility for planning and zoning issues, right-of-way acquisition, land development issues, and condemnation. She also prepared all contracts, drafted ordinances, and handled business license issues. When n…