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Robert William Gadtke

also known as Rob Gadtke

About Me


When I was 12 years old, I used to hold mock trials in my parents' basement.


It’s really weird, I know. My friends and I would literally spend hours arguing about made-up fact patterns. Usually, we couldn’t find enough kids to play along, so it would just be two lawyers and a judge – a little like family court today. My brother (who went to college at Caltech – one of the nation’s best science schools) used to tell me that I was the nerd.


People say that I don’t seem like the typical lawyer. That’s a compliment, I guess. The truth is that I am as comfortable in a coffee shop or cooking class as I am in a courtroom. I like to read – a lot. Don’t tell anyone, but I like romance novels. Yeah. Yeah. I know . . .


Exercise and physical fitness are also important to me. This past winter, my wife and I both finished Tony Horton’s new P90X3 extreme fitness program. Never in my life have I been so sore for so long.


Professionally, I have served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for children at risk for abuse or neglect in Hennepin County. I have been an Adjunct Professor at the Minnesota School of Business and was a member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.


In 2008, I argued (and won) the case of Beardsley v. Garcia before the Minnesota Supreme Court. In 2010, I was featured on the front page of Minnesota Lawyer and articles were written about me in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wisconsin Law Journal, and elsewhere.


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
  2. Workers Compensation: 50%



Hourly ($285/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Marcus Paul Beyer

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Marcus Beyer Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Gadtke & Beyer, LLC

6800 France Avenue South, Suite 125
Edina, MN, 55435-1814


MNAuthorized to practice200306/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Client Distinction AwardLawyers.com2014
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyGadtke & Beyer, LLC2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMinnesota School of Business2008 - 2010
AttorneySoucie & Bolt2004 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMembership CommitteeN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Beardsley v. GarciaAffirmed Court of Appeals decision
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Publication NameTitleDate
HearsayProtecting the Children: The Role of Court Appointed Guardians ad Litem in Juvenile and Family Court Proceedings2007
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Drake UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000