I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in grade school. All I really knew about lawyers back then, though, was what I saw on L.A. Law. When I entered college at St. Olaf, a liberal arts school, I did so with an open mind. If another discipline piqued my interest more than law, I would pursue that. Nothing ever did. My constitiutional law classes in college cemented my decision to go to law school.
It was in law school at William Mitchell that I first became aware of family law. It never occured to me that there was so much law - and so many rules - that applied to people going through a divorce. Clerking for a Judge right out of law school, I saw first hand how much of an impact the lawyering can have on the results of family law cases. That inspired me to pursue a career helping people in family law.
Outside of the office, I am a sports nut. I curl in the winter (think rocks on ice) and I play softball in the summer months. I am also a music lover. I enjoy classic rock (especially Lynyrd Skynyrd - I've been to 20 concerts or so) and I play trombone in my church's brass choir. I also enjoy traveling with my wife and two sons.
Licensed since 2000
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|MN||Authorized to practice||2000||06/04/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2015|
|Nation's Top Attorneys||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|Attorney||Gadtke & Beyer, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Attorney||Steffens & Rasmussen||2002 - 2005|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Anoka County District Court||2000 - 2002|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|St. Olaf College||Political Science and American Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|