As a native of Southeastern Minnesota, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve this legal community for the past three decades. Early in my career, I was drawn to the practice of family law, which is my exclusive area of practice. Few other issues impact an individual the way that a family law issue does. Chief Justice Warren Burger said, “Lawyers can be healers.” This quote has been with me since law school. Family law attorneys must listen and hear each client’s individual values and goals. We must provide legal advice in an honest and respectful manner. We must zealously advocate, advise and negotiate, and must understand that this may be the only experience that an individual has with the legal system.
Family law attorneys must consider all tools available to assist clients to achieve their goals. This includes judicial and non-judicial processes (i.e., mediation, early neutral evaluations, and moderated settlement conferences). I am trained and experienced with judicial and non-judicial processes. As a family law attorney, I share my clients’ goal of having a better future for themselves and their children. I thank God for paving my path to the practice of family law.
I enjoy time at home with my family (including pups), supporting our adult children in their respective life paths, and supporting community causes, such as the Salvation Army and Paws and Claws Humane Society. I enjoy sharing the gift of laughter, as it often is the best medicine.