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About Me

Trial attorney 22 years experience, criminal defense and family law.  Award winning novelist, Cold Lonely Courage.


Aggressive defense and representation, all felonies, Gross-misdeamenors, misdemeanors and traffic cases.  Drugs, assault, criminal sexual conduct, theft.


Divorce, custody, child support, child protection, termination of parental rights adoption


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Family: 45%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 3%
    24 years, 100 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 2%
    24 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($200-225/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

710 Co Rd 75 E #101
St Joseph, MN, 56374


MNAuthorized to practice199106/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best FictionBest Fiction Fade In Magazine 15th Annual Competition2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerPetrek Law Office1992 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minnesota State barN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Minnesota v. James SchellerNon-prison settlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Black Rose WritingCold Lonely courage2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell college of lawLawJ.D.1991
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Author SeriesCold Lonely courage2011