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I hope you review my case successes, credentials and accomplishments detailed on this website. I counsel my clients on every option available by conducting a thorough investigation of their individual situation and the law.


Lawyers are not allowed to guarantee success, but I can guarantee that I give clients every possible advantage in their legal situations. I ensure that each client is charged only for legal work that is performed by utilizing refundable fees.


I have been honored in my law practice by receiving awards for my litigation efforts, being re-elected as prosecutor before choosing to leave government office to start my own practice to help individuals, and receiving appointments to leadership positions with legal and political organizations.


My greatest successes have come through satisfied clients and referrals from fellow attorneys. After reading the information on my web site please contact me for assistance on your legal matters.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 45%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
  4. General Practice: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ste. 220
7800 Metro Parkway
Minneapolis, MN, 55425


MNAuthorized to practice200107/31/2015
IAAuthorized to practice law199910/24/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199801/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Criminal Trial SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2012
Who's Who in Family LawMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Who's Who in Criminal DefenseMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Gold Seal AwardIowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneySchwieger Law Firm, PLLC2003 - Present
County AttorneyHumboldt County, Iowa1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hennepin County Public Defender's OfficeFather's Pilot Project Panel Attorney2012 - Present
Better Business BureauN/A2010 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationLawyer Referral Oversight Committee2009 - Present
State of MinnesotaMediator, Family and Civil Cases2006 - Present
Federal Defender's Office of MinnesotaCriminal Justice Act Panel Attorney2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USA v. SagatawHung jury, led to plea offer for reduced charges and reduced sentence.
State of Iowa v. Anderson & FrayneNot guilty verdict for criminal defense client.
State of Minnesota v. MitchellNot guilty verdict for criminal defense client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawJuris DoctorJuris Doctor1998
Drake UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal and Family Law BasicsCriminal Law & Family Law2009
Starting Your Own PracticeLaw Practice Management2008
Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm: Whether You're Planning To or NotLaw Practice Management2007
Starting Your Own Practice: Tips and TrapsLaw Practice Management2007
Starting Your Own Law Practice: Tips and TrapsLaw Practice Management2006
Starting Your Own Law PracticeLaw Practice Management2005