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In August of 2008, I was selected by fellow members of the Minnesota State Bar Association ("MSBA"), General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section to Chair the Section's governing Council.  In addition to the involvement with the General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section, I am also actively involved with the MSBA Real Property Section and its Legislative Committee. This committee is charged with reviewing proposed changes to statutes involving real property in one way or another.


I am also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Community Association Institute, the leading advocate for responsible community living; and, I am actively involved in the White Bear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce where I was previously elected to its board of directors and currently advise the leadership in a limited capacity.  


Additionally, I have taught numerous classes through White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Education, South Washington County Community Education, Saint Paul College Community Education, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SCORE® "Counselors to America's Small Business."


As a practicing attorney, I have experience in both civil and criminal matters, both in public sector, and private. In the public sector I have worked in the Washington DC office of a U.S. Representative, the capitol office of a state representative, the administrative hearings division of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (where I assisted the administrative law judges), and the chamber of a district court judge (where I worked on both criminal and civil matters before the court). I was also appointed as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow and offered fellowship opportunities in the U.S. Department of Defense, the IRS, and the FBI, to name a few.


In the private sector I have worked for a Fortune 500 international corporation, at first within the human resources department, and then later in the legal department.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
    14 years
  2. Business: 30%
    14 years
  3. Bankruptcy: 20%
    7 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    12 years



Hourly ($100-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN, 55110


MNAuthorized to practice200308/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys2014
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashinton State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Board Certified Real Property Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorWilliam Mitchell College of Law2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationChair, General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Section2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Automation Arts. Inc. v Erasmus M. James, et al.Prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bench & BarHomeowner Association Liens2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette UniversityN/AMBA for Business, Government, and Not-for-Profit Management2002
Minnesota State University, MankatoPolitical Science & Technical WritingBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
William MitchellBusiness Law2010
Side-by-Side Comparison of Practice Management Software ApplicationsLaw Practice Management2010
Do's and Don'ts in the Courtroom | The Judge's PerspectiveSucceeding in the Courtroom2010
QuickBooks Boot Camp: Year-End Matters, Trust Accounting, & Tracking Billable TimeTrust Accounting Using QuickBooks, and More2009