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Jessica Laural Portz Birken

Jessica Laural Portz Birken

also known as Jess Birken, Jessica Birken

Practice areas:

Government Contracts, Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance, Real Estate, Contracts & Agreements, Environmental and Natural Resources, Federal Regulation, Land Use & Zoning

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About Me

I help nonprofit organizations. With a true passion for the nonprofit sector, I'm provide value to my clients with through innovative solutions and personal attention.  I'm a serious "Grant Guru", a wildlife conservation devotee and a tireless foot soldier in the War Against Legalese (also known as the War Without End).


I hold a Masters in Nonprofit Management and have worked in-house for several years. 


In my role as an attorney and advisor to nonprofits I help with a variety of matters like:


- State, Federal or Foundation Grant Compliance

- Grant finance and audit matters

- Organizational best practices

- Land use issues, commercial leases, etc.

- Conservation real estate transactions

- Farm leases, landlord tenant issues

- Document review & creation

- Organizational development

- Change management


 I understand the nonprofit sector and I'm dedicated to helping my clients become world class organizations. 


Languages Spoken: English, American Sign Language

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Government Contracts: 30%
    5 years
  2. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 20%
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
  4. Federal Regulation: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Matthew Eugene Ludt

    I endorse the work and service of Jess and Jen; She is a great attorney in our community and I am glad to be able to refer friends and clients. Thank you.


    Matthew Ludt Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Lynn Urban

    Not only is Jessica a pragmatic problem solver, but she is incredibly fun, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Jessica is the absolute best at advising nonprofits about their government contracts, helping them with grant awards and related compliance, and assisting with environmentally-related land acquisitions. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!


    Jennifer Urban Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Urban Law Group

The Parkdales
5401 Gamble Drive, Suite 275
St. Louis Park, MN, 55416


MNAuthorized to practice200704/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Teaming for WildlifePheasants Forever2012
Magna Cum LaudeHamline Univesity School of Law2007
Dean's HonorsHamline University School of Law2007
Dean's HonorsHamline University School of Law2005
Dean's HonorsHamline University School of Law2004
CALI Award: Legal WritingHamline University School of Law2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyUrban Law Group2013 - Present
Grants & Contracts SpecialistPheasants Forever & Quail Forever2010 - 2013
OwnerBirken Law Office2009 - 2010
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Krista K. Martin10th Judicial District State Of Minnesota2007 - 2008
Certified Student AttorneyRamsey County Attorneys Office2004 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2007 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of BusinessNonprofit ManagementMA - Masters2011
Hamline University School of LawN/AJD2007
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001