Rosemount, Minnesota Family Lawyers

Joseph M. Flanders
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Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(612) 424-0398 2600 Eagan Woods Drive
Suite 270
Eagan, MN 55121
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of North Dakota School of Law
A Dakota County, Minnesota lawyer focusing on probate, estate planning, Wills, Trusts, family law, business law, and litigation.
John T Burns Jr
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Burnsville, MN Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(952) 898-6834 14300 Nicollet Ct
Ste 200
Burnsville, MN 55306
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals and Divorce
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
John grew up in Bloomington, MN and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1985. He attended Mankato State University on a football scholarship before attending Indiana University School of Law and receiving his JD with honors in 1992. He moved his office to Burnsville, MN in 1994 and has remained in the same location for over 20 years. At Burns Law Office our practice is limited to family law matters such as divorce/separation, child custody, child support, father's rights, alimony/spousal maintenance, prenuptials and related matters. John is one of the most respected and experienced attorneys in...
Robert Douglas Kane Jr
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Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(612) 701-7767 1795 Carnelian Lane
Eagan, MN 55122
Family, Business, Criminal and Employment
Hamline Univ School of Law
Rob Kane's practice consists primarily of counseling and representing individual and business clients on matters involving general business law, government relations, employment law, and contracts. He has over seven years of experience practicing law. He works with established businesses as well as entrepreneurs and growing businesses to assist with their legal requirements. He prides himself on understanding your business needs and responding promptly, efficiently and effectively. Rob can assist you right from the beginning, when you are deciding on a business form (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or another business entity), as well as during business growth. He can negotiate...
Julie Oney
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Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(612) 432-1707 3345 Lexington Ave S #203B
Eagan, MN 55121
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
William Mitchell College of Law
Julie is a founding member of Oney + Kim, PLLC, where she empowers each client to take an active role in making legal decisions that will affect his or her future. Her approach is to be strong, knowledgeable, and readily available to advocate for each client.

Julie has experience both in and out of the courtroom where she effectively advocates for clients dealing with divorce, custody/parenting time, third party custody, adoption, support/maintenance, and domestic violence.

One client described working with Julie as follows: "Ms. Oney handled my divorce. I would describe Julie as friendly, knowledgeable of legal matters, and an excellent...
Matthew J Gilbert
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Burnsville, MN Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(612) 564-3622 2801 Cliff Rd. E., Suite 200
Burnsville, MN 55337
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Employment
In 2012 and 2015, Minnesota Super Lawyers recognized Matt as a “Rising Star,” which is an honor that less than three percent of Minnesota’s young attorneys earn. In 2014, the National Trial Lawyers recognized Matt as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for his exemplary leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil trial lawyer.
Jennifer Evans
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Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(651) 882-7886 4660 Slater Road
Suite 250
Eagan, MN 55122
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Estate Planning and Probate
William Mitchell College of Law
Jay Tentinger
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Apple Valley, MN Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(952) 953-3330 15000 Garrett Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55121
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Hamline University School of Law
Jay has been a licensed attorney since 1980. He began his career as a public defender before transitioning into insurance defense work where he gained valuable experience and knowledge of the insurance industry and insurance practices. After founding Tentinger Law Firm in 1997, Jay practiced in family law as well as continuing his insurance defense work. Today, Jay focuses his time to working with small businesses and their litigation needs. Jay is a member of the Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska State Bar Associations and a no-fault arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is admitted to practice before the...
Jeffrey Priest
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Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(651) 294-2023 3348 Sherman Court
Suite 2
Eagan, MN 55121
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Michigan State University
Eva Cheney-Hatcher
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Apple Valley, MN Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(952) 314-1814 14800 Galaxie Ave
Suite 301
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Eva Cheney Hatcher is a respected Family Law Attorney and Qualified Rule 114 Neutral with 19 years of experience. She graduated from Sioux Falls University in South Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, with degrees in English and Business. She was a member of the Honors Society, and named as an Outstanding College Student of America. She attended the University of South Dakota School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate, was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Research and Writing, a Law School Foundation Academic Scholarship, and was recognized by the Who's Who Among American Law Students. Eva brings...
Michelle Horn
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Burnsville, MN Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(952) 882-1227 12400 Portland Avenue South
Suite 180
Burnsville, MN 55337
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Lyndsay Howard
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Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(952) 224-9410 3348 Sherman Court
Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Elder
Specializing exclusively in areas related to Family Law. Call to schedule a free 30 minute consultation (952)224-9410
Dennis Felix
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Burnsville, MN Family Law Lawyer
(952) 894-8380 200 East Travelers Trail
Suite 215
Burnsville, MN 55337
Family and Divorce
Laurie Cylkowski
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Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(651) 882-7808 4590 Scott Trail
Suite 210
Eagan, MN 55122
Family and Divorce
Laurie’s practice is focused primarily on family law, including complex issues pertaining to divorce, child custody, property division, modifications of divorce decrees, orders for protection, enforcement, paternity matters, and domestic abuse. Ms. Cylkowski also devotes a portion of her practice to issues of civil rights, discrimination in the work place and special education law - advocating for children with Individual Education Plans (IEP's), negotiating special education services with School Districts and enforcement.

Laurie A. Cylkowski is an experienced trial attorney who is diligent in her practice and dedicated to her clients. She is admitted to practice in all courts in the...
Eva Cheney Hatcher
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Apple Valley, MN Family Law Lawyer
(952) 334-1181
Ext. 4
14800 Galaxie Ave
Suite 301
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Family
Eva Cheney Hatcher is a respected Family Law Attorney and Qualified Rule 114 Neutral with 19 years of experience. She graduated from Sioux Falls University in South Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, with degrees in English and Business. She was a member of the Honors Society, and named as an Outstanding College Student of America. She attended the University of South Dakota School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate, was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Research and Writing, a Law School Foundation Academic Scholarship, and was recognized by the Who's Who Among American Law Students. Eva brings...
James Lofstrom
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Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer
(651) 454-2500 4635 Nicols Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Sonja M. Nyberg
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Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(952) 955-8009 2626 East 82nd Street
Suite 355
Bloomington, MN 55425
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Hamline University School of Law
After graduating law school in 2010, Sonja secured a judicial clerkship in Hennepin County Family Court. She worked on high asset divorce cases with complex financial matters as well as high conflict custody disputes. Sonja learned firsthand how judicial officers decide cases and what makes a family law attorney effective inside and outside of the courtroom. After clerking, Sonja worked for a large, national law firm where she gained a tremendous amount of experience. Sonja is empathetic, detailed, and aggressive when necessary.
Lisa Watson Cyr
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Oakdale, MN Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(651) 288-2844 7825 - 3rd Street N.
Suite 204
Oakdale, MN 55128
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
Lisa Watson Cyr has devoted her practice to the area of Divorce and Family Law since being admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1998. Her experience and depth of knowledge ensure that her clients receive the highest quality of representation in dealing with all aspects of family law matters including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, marital and non-marital property, alimony, and paternity. She is an effective negotiator and skilled litigator, always keeping the best interests of her clients as her sole focus. Although Lisa believes her clients are best served by a negotiated settlement and strives to settle matters...
Matthew Majeski
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Lake Elmo, MN Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(612) 638-6752 8530 Eagle Point Boulevard
Suite #102
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
Hello, my name is Matthew (Matt) Majeski. I founded and own Majeski Law, LLC. I focus my work on divorce and other family law issues. I serve across Minnesota, however a majority of my clients live in the following five county area: Washington, Dakota, Anoka, Ramsey, and Chisago. Please check out my website at www.majeskilaw.com. Thank you. I'm happy to give a free phone consultation to determine if Majeski Law can help you with your family issue, and give you an up-front price estimate.
Andrew Merrill Ayers
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Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(612) 294-6982 6800 France Avenue South
Suite 190
Edina, MN 55435
Family, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Before starting my own law firm, I worked for law firms in New York City. I represented people and businesses in lawsuits in court. Other clients needed help with transactions for themselves or their businesses. Some of my favorite clients were young families and small business owners and working with them inspired me to start my own law firm in 2011.

WHAT I LEARNED

Starting my own business helped me understand the challenges and opportunities that confront business owners at all stages of their entrepreneurial journeys. I was immediately amazed at the creative and innovative ways that these businesses worked with their customers. We...
Alex De Marco
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St. Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(651) 503-8394 6 West 5th Street
Suite 700G
St. Paul, MN 55102
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
Alex De Marco is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has represented clients charged with everything from traffic offenses to murder. Adult felony cases are his specialty, particularly assault and drug cases, and he handles them for affordable fees. He has experience in Child Protection and termination of parental rights cases. He has also handled hundreds of juvenile delinquency cases. He remains active in local politics and public advocacy. A devoted athlete, he has competed nationally in Strongman. Alex is a big personality who balances professionalism with a down to earth edginess that endures him to his...
Eric C Nelson
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(800) 323-9436 250 Marquette Ave, Suite 540
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Minnesota Law School
Eric graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 1990. In 1994 he received a Doctorate of Law (JD) degree from the University of Minnesota. Following that, he spent the next two years as a judicial clerk for the distinguished Honorable Lois J. Lang, Judge of District Court, with a workload that primarily involved the drafting of divorce decrees, orders, and legal memoranda on a host of issues pertaining to divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, spousal maintenance, distribution of marital and non-marital property, valuation of property, domestic abuse and harassment, and the like....
Gerald O. Williams
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Woodbury, MN Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(651) 332-7650 652 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 202
Woodbury, MN 55125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Jerry has devoted himself exclusively to the practice of divorce and family law in Minnesota since 1993. He practices in all areas of family law including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, grandparents' rights, mediation, appeals, and same sex cases. Jerry is particularly experienced in representing clients in interstate and international divorce and child custody, and frequently advises other attorneys on these issues. Jerry's practice includes collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution. He is the author of the first Minnesota divorce and family law blog in the state, a recurring author for the Minnesota Association for Justice Magazine, and...
Courtney J. Schneider
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Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(763) 259-3655 5201 Eden Avenue
Suite 300
Edina, MN 55436
Family and Divorce
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
As a family law attorney, my primary focus is to support clients through the legal process so they may transition into the next chapter of their lives. Prior to representing clients, I worked as judicial law clerk in Hennepin County Family Court. Working side-by-side with judges, I gained an immense understanding of family court procedure, and how judges decide cases. I translate that experience to my practice every day, assisting clients in making the best decisions for their families. I have experience representing clients in all aspects of family law cases, including divorce proceeding, child custody and support matters,...
Jeffrey Robert Arrigoni
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Woodbury, MN Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(651) 738-1400 1811 Weir Drive, Suite 160
Woodbury, MN 55125
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Jeff has been a lawyer for 34 years, practicing family law exclusively for 28 years. For the first six years of his career he was a staff attorney at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He has handled hundreds of cases and has the experience dealing with substantial marital estates in the millions and has tried and litigated many cases, including lengthy custody matters. He is also a trained mediator and ADR neutral on the Minnesota State Roster and is a FENE and SENE neutral in Ramsey County, Anoka County, Washington County, Scott County, Carver County, Pine County, Chisago County, Isanti...
Daniel Homstad
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Bloomington, MN Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(612) 875-6574 7900 International Drive, Suite 300
Bloomington, MN 55425
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Hamline University School of Law
MSBA BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST (612) 875-6574. I represent clients charged with serious felony and misdemeanor crimes, DWI and Implied Consent matters, and juvenile court delinquency and child protection matters. I have practiced criminal law for over 20 years. I started as a staff attorney in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office (Minneapolis, MN) where I represented indigent defendants charged with the most serious crimes including homicide, sexual assault and economic crimes. Then I worked as an Assistant County Attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (Minneapolis, MN). As a prosecutor I was assigned to major felony divisions...
Mary Hahn
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Northfield, MN Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(507) 645-9358 311 Water Street South
Northfield, MN 55057
Family, Business, Construction and Divorce
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
PRACTICE AREAS
Civil Litigation, General Business, Contract Disputes, Appeals, Family Law, Employment Law, Construction Law

Mary Hahn has honed her skills in the courtroom over the last 25 years, specializing in civil litigation and appellate law, in particular multi-party business litigation, construction law, business contract disputes and divorce proceedings.

She practices in State District Courts and in Federal Court. She has substantial appellate law experience. She serves as the firm’s primary practitioner at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Prior to moving to Northfield in 2000, Hahn practiced law at the Atlanta construction law firm of Shapiro, Fussel, Wedge, Smotherman, Martin & Price.

Hahn...
Ryan S McLaughlin
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South Saint Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(320) 318-0430 153 4th Ave South
Unit 1
South Saint Paul, MN 55075
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Wyoming College of Law and Carleton College
Hello! My name is Ryan McLaughlin and I'm the founding attorney at McLaughlin Law. I focus primarily on Family Law and Estate Planning. In addition to a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, I have extensive training as a therapist, which has proven invaluable in my work as a divorce mediator.

McLaughlin Law a next-generation law office: flat-fee, mobile, and client-centric. Flat fee means that, from wills to custom contracts to divorce representation, you can see all of my prices in advance. No surprises or hourly-rates that keep accumulating without results. Mobile means that in lieu of...
Jennifer M Macaulay
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St. Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(651) 231-1237 649 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
William Mitchell College of Law
Cindy Perusse
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Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(952) 921-5878 Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
I have practiced family law my entire 24-year career as a litigator and a mediator. I am licensed in Minnesota, California and Colorado. After spending time in courts in 3 states, nothing surprises me anymore. I enjoy being an advocate for my clients and guiding them successfully through the legal process be it a divorce, child custody, spousal maintenance or property matters.

I received my Bachelors degree from UCLA, and my law degree from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline School of Law). I attended advanced training in litigation skills through the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute held at...
Geri Napuck
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St. Louis Park , MN Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(612) 746-4162 5775 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 700
St. Louis Park , MN 55416
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Hamline University School of Law
Minneapolis family law attorney Geri Napuck delievers personalized representation to the Twin Cities. She practices exclusively in the area of family law and has extensive experience representing clients in divorces, child custody issues, parenting issues, property division, spousal maintenance, post-divorce matters, paternity and most recently has added pet mediations to her list of mediation services.
Amanda Swanberg
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Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(952) 746-4111 7900 Xerxes Ave S, Suite 220
Bloomington, MN 55431
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
I help my clients create creative and detailed divorce and co-parenting solutions that will help prevent future conflict and reduce the need to come back to court in the future.
Corwin Kruse
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(612) 231-9865 120 S. Sixth St.
Suite 1240
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Corwin R. Kruse, Esq.

EDUCATION

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, magna cum laude
Editor: William Mitchell Law Review

M.A., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Major: Sociology

B.S., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Sociology

B.B.A., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

Honors: Dean's List

Major: Business Administration


BAR ADMISSIONS

Minnesota, 2004

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2005

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

Katz & Manka, Ltd., Family Law Attorney, 2010-2019

William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2016

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Associate, 2005-2009

Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk to...
Kristen Bullock
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Saint Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(651) 270-6484 332 Minnesota Street, Suite W1272
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Criminal and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
Bruce N. Crawford
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(612) 216-3510 222 South 9th Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Crawford Law Office is committed to providing skilled and effective legal representation in divorce and other family law and civil litigation matters throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. At Crawford Law Office we employ exceptional legal expertise with common sense in our work. We offer our clients the advice and counsel they need in order to make informed decisions about their legal matters while making every effort to cost-effectively resolve their case. We understand that each client we represent faces a unique situation and with that in mind we...
Mary P. Mooney
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(612) 721-6749 3148 38th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Juvenile
Hamline University School of Law
Many times in life each of us come to a crossroads or encounter an issue in which we need to get legal advice on how best to proceed forward. At such times it is important to obtain guidance from someone who can act like a beacon in a possible sea of doubt or confusion. Mooney Law Office is committed to providing you with top notch legal representation. Mooney Law Office has represented hundreds of clients over the years in the ten county metropolitan area as well as out-state Minnesota. Every client is approached with a focus on integrity, advocacy and understanding....
Kristy Rodd
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(612) 767-7300 333 South Seventh Street
Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Family and Divorce
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Julie Wilcox
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Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(651) 895-2945 4940 W 77th
Edina, MN 55435
Free ConsultationFamily and Estate Planning
Julie Wilcox founded Blue Owl Law because she wants to do good work for good people. She wants to listen. To give answers, and ideas. To guide strong people through tough situations. And because she has powerful personal experience within estate planning and family law and wants to use those experiences to help and connect with others.
Lee Hacklander
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Savage, MN Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(952) 894-6400 4200 County Road 42 West
Savage, MN 55378
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Hamline University
Matt Gilbert
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney
(612) 564-3622 3300 Girard Ave. S. #25
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Free ConsultationFamily and Business
William Mitchell College of Law
Todd Bagby
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Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(612) 424-1624 1624 Harmon Place
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free ConsultationFamily, Business and Estate Planning
University of Iowa
Todd handles matters in Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Family Law; and Civil Litigation. He also provides pro bono representation to youth in foster care in association with the Children's Law Center of Minnesota. Before moving to Minnesota, Todd practiced law in Denver, Colorado in the areas of Municipal Law and Litigation. He also gained experience in Civil Rights Law while interning with the United States Department of Justice and the University of Iowa Clinical Law Programs. Todd is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Iowa College of Law. He was born and raised in Independence, Iowa.
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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