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I was born in Chicago Illinois.  My mother was a waitress and my father was a carpenter.  No one in my family had a professional degree.  I graduated from Villanova Law School in 1982.  I started my legal career clerking for Federal District Court Judge Miles W. Lord.  After working for a consumer protection group for four years I started my own practice in 1987. 

In over 25 years of divorce practice I understand the cases that can and need to be settled and those that need to be fought.  I understand the dynamics of abuse, control and chemical dependency.  I pride myself in the ability to prepare my clients to present their position before evaluators and the court.

The client's who come to me for a divorce already have a broken family.  I believe my job is to help my client to provide a structure to mend the family.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    28 years, 2.1 thousand cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 15%
    28 years, 200 cases
  3. Child Support: 15%
    28 years, 300 cases
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    28 years, 300 cases
  5. Mediation: 5%
    5 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($150-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kevin Christopher Gleason

    I endorse this lawyer. Carla has always brought her inner peace to chaotic situations and assisted those in crisis to realize a solution which is win-win. With her infectious personality and intelligent insight, you can trust Carla to defuse judgments clouded by emotions and lead mediating parties to logical resolutions.


    Kevin Gleason Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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  • Julianne Marie Markiewicz

    I endorse this lawyer. Carla is thorough, well prepared, fair, reasonable and well respected in her field. She zealously advocates for her clients, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of her case.


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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

230 Specialty Bldg
2356 University Ave W
St Paul, MN, 55114


MNAuthorized to practice198207/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the CoifVillanova Law School1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKjellberg Law Office1987 - Present
Staff AttorneyMinnesota Pulblic Interest Group1983 - 1987
Law ClerkFederal Court Judge Miles W. Lord1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982