Steven P. Katkov



(612) 260-9037

(612) 260-9080

Steve represents and counsels clients in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including financings/commercial lending, acquisitions, dispositions, sale-leaseback transactions, commercial leases, rights-of-way and easement agreements, and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions around the nation ranging from $50 – $900 million. He also advises builders, developers, and landlords seeking government approvals to pursue project entitlements and in defending alleged regulatory violations.   He represents a variety of borrowers in varying financing transactions, including mezzanine loans. Steve regularly represents national industries in leasing across all product types and leads the firm’s real estate initiatives for clients engaged in the cannabis industry in 13 states. 
Steve is first and foremost a business lawyer and applies his strong business sense to a practice focused on real estate, both during times of economic prosperity and during downturns and times of crisis. He has substantial experience with  foreclosures, loan workouts, complex lease and joint venture restructurings, and pursuing borrowers and guarantors for deficiencies and for fraud. For example, Steve was a member of a team of lawyers who represented Resolution Trust Corporation in creditor remedies against borrowers and guarantors of commercial real estate loans following the savings and loan crisis, resulting in workouts; foreclosures; negotiated settlements; and state, federal, and bankruptcy court proceedings.
Coming from a family of successful entrepreneurs, Steve has an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. He is familiar with accounting, tax, economic, and risk management concepts, and has held significant management positions in two public Fortune 300 companies with an emphasis in real estate, banking, and finance. His diverse business and legal experience allows him to understand clients' objectives and help them develop creative and efficient strategies for achieving them.
Steve received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He was a staff member and then managing editor of Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and a graduate research assistant to Professor Carol Chomsky (professor of American legal history). He holds a M.S. in justice studies from Arizona State University, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in sociology, magna cum laude, from Macalester College.



Steven Katkov Appointed Member at Large of the Landlord Tenant Section Council of Hennepin County Bar Association

May 22, 2020

Steve Katkov, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Real Estate Practice, has been appointed a member at large of the Landlord Tenant Section Council of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

COVID-19 And Marijuana: Can Cannabis Municipal Bonds Help Government Budgets?

April 07, 2020

Steve Katkov discusses how Cannabis Based Municipal Bonds (CMBs) could offer relief for governments and financial institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Forbes.

Leasing Considerations Landlords Should Keep in Mind When Their Properties Serve as Delivery Pick-Up Points

October 17, 2018

Steven Katkov authored an article in National Real Estate Investor on challenges confronting landlords when their property is used as a package pick-up point.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Steven Katkov to the Firm’s Real Estate Practice in Minneapolis

October 26, 2015

Steven brings over 25 years of experience representing a wide variety of closely held corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses, lenders, and individuals throughout the United States.


Are “Fair Chance” Housing Ordinances an Unconstitutional Infringement on Landlords’ Rights?

April 07, 2020

Steve Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss fair chance housing ordinances in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Oakland Calif., and the case Yim v. City of Seattle challenging the constitutionality of these ordinances.

Minneapolis’s Great Experiment: An Introduction to the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan [Bench & Bar of Minnesota]

March 06, 2020

Steve Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss components of Minneapolis’s urban planning initiative designed to combat the affordable housing crisis.

Rent Control National Momentum [Alert]

February 26, 2020

Steven P. Katkov and Jon Schoenwetter discuss rent control measures throughout the United States.

Recent Federal Court Decision Adds Clarity to “Ordinary Wear and Tear” Lease Provisions [Real Estate Alert]

March 15, 2017

Steven P. Katkov discusses a recent federal court decision in a case involving a landlord-tenant dispute regarding the Woolworth Building in St. Paul, Minn., in which Foot Locker Foot Locker was the tenant under a lease from 1920. The landlord claimed that Foot Locker failed to keep the building in good repair, and the court considered the measure of damages for the landlord’s claims.

Text Messages Add New Layer of Risk to Deal-Making in the Modern Age [Real Estate Alert]

June 09, 2016

Steven P. Katkov discusses a recent decision in Massachusetts Land Court that text messages between two real estate brokers regarding the purchase and sale of a commercial building may constitute a “writing” sufficient to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Statute of Frauds.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference

October 24, 2018 - Orlando, FL

3 Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate Leasing

June 28, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

16th Annual RealShare Net Lease Conference

April 05, 2018 - New York, NY

Net Lease & 1031 Exchange Summit

October 19, 2017 - Golden Valley, MN

2016 Real Estate Institute

November 03, 2016 - St. Paul, MN


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1989
  • Arizona State University, M.S., summa cum laude, 1986
  • Macalester College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Wisconsin

Minnesota State Bar Association