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Shawn Melissa Vogt Sween

Shawn Melissa Vogt Sween

Practice areas:

Agriculture, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate

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About Me

Shawn is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School, consistently ranked one of the top two law schools in the country. She was admitted in part based upon her recognition as a Harry S. Truman Scholar for public service and her commitment to serving rural citizens and communities through the legal process.


 


While at Harvard, Shawn worked at a local Legal Aid Center, helping residents with business law and entrepreneurship; at the U.S. Attorney’s Office; at the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, assisting in both the criminal and civil divisions; and at the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, ensuring the protection of agricultural land in a highly urbanized state.


 


Shawn’s work history includes experience in agriculture, small businesses, real estate development, and youth vocational education. She has worked at the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC, as a Truman Fellow with the National Rural Development Partnership. She also worked for several years in the Minnesota Department of Education as a new program developer for the vocational youth organization Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. In addition, she served as private counsel for several years for a real estate development company in Minnesota. Shawn also worked for many years on her family’s corn and soybean farm in the Grand Meadow / Spring Valley area, so she is personally well-versed in the challenges facing Midwestern farm families.


 


Shawn is a native of Grand Meadow and a graduate of Hamline University. She and her family spent 14 years away from rural Minnesota, living in Washington DC, Massachusetts, and California, before returning to Southeastern Minnesota to set up her law practice. The law office is located in a 110-year-old historic downtown building, which was carefully restored by the Vogt and Sween families and local craftsmen, illustrating that small towns can indeed support vital businesses and services. She is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and California.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    5 years
  3. Agriculture: 30%
    5 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    5 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Ryan Alexander

    A colleague from Harvard Law School, I endorse Shawn as a brilliant and organized attorney who is dedicated to the service of her clients.

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    Ryan Alexander Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Shaun George Jamison

    I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is a knowledgeable, thoughtful lawyer. I've been impressed with my interactions with her through the bar association.

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    Shaun Jamison Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Law Office of Shawn Vogt Sween

104 Main St S
PO Box 35
Grand Meadow, MN, 55936-0035

104 S Main St
Po Box 35
Grand Meadow, MN, 55936-0035

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice200704/19/2015
CAInactive200505/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer2011
Harry A. Blackmun ScholarshipHarry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation2002
Harry S. Truman ScholarshipHarry S Truman Foundation1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Shawn Vogt Sween LLC2010 - Present
CounselWLV Enterprises Inc2004 - 2010
National Rural Development Partnership Policy FellowUnited States Department of Agriculture2000 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Agricultural Law Section, Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law SectionN/A2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 10th District Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
U.S. Small Business Association - Office of AdvocacyAdvancing Rural America2001

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJuris Doctorate2004
Hamline UniversityPolitical Science, Business Management, Communication StudiesBachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Grand Meadow Healthcare CenterEstate Planning2014
Farm Journal Legacy ProjectAgricultural Estate Planning2014