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I have been licensed as an attorney since 1980 and founded Tentinger Law Firm in 1997. I am admitted to practice before the state and federal district courts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. I have been a public defender, assistant attorney general for the State of Iowa, and also worked for several insurance companies. I am experienced in family law, including adoptions, child custody and child support, divorce (dissolution), legal separation, parenting/ visitation, spousal maintenance (alimony) and pre-nuptial agreements. I am a member of the Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska State Bar Associations and a no-fault arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

When representing clients, I listen to the facts of their case and advise and counsel them on how the law applies to their issue(s). I then proceed to work on the case to obtain the best results for the client based on the facts and the law. I have many years of litigation and appeals experience to handle small cases all the way up to complex litigation.

I am very active in my community, as an appointed commissioner for the Port Authority of Rosemount from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, I was a planning commissioner from 1994 to 2000. I am an active member of the Knights of Columbus, donating my time to charitable events that organization helps support.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
    1 year
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    1 year
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    1 year
  4. Business: 15%
    1 year



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  • Ross Nelson Tentinger

    I endorse this lawyer. Experienced and professional, Jay is an excellent attorney and advocate for his clients.


    Ross Tentinger Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Anna Mae Yakle

    Jay is an excellent attorney and is very knowledgeable, having worked in the insurance industry earlier in his career. I would definitely recommend Jay for someone looking for an attorney that will truly go to bat for them and provide excellent service.


    Anna Yakle Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Tentinger Law Firm, PA

15000 Garrett Avenue
Apple Valley, MN, 55124


MNAuthorized to practice198708/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney OwnerTentinger Law Firm, PA1997 - Present
No-Fault ArbitratorAmerican Arbitration Association1992 - Present
Task Force for Redevelopment of St. Joseph CampusCity of Rosemount2007 - 2007
Downtown Redevelopment CommitteeCity of Rosemount2004 - 2004
CommissionerPort Authority of Rosemount2003 - 2011
Planning CommissionerCity of Rosemount1994 - 2000
Associate AttorneyJohnson and Condon, P.A.1994 - 1997
Associate AttorneyGrannis, Grannis, Hauge, Eide, Anderson & Keller, P.A.1993 - 1994
Assistant Manager/AttorneyNational Farmers Union Insurance Companies1988 - 1993
Associate AttorneySodoro, Daly & Sodoro1986 - 1988
Claims AttorneyCarrier's Insurance Company1985 - 1986
Assistant Attorney GeneralIowa Attorney General1984 - 1985
Assistant Public DefenderWoodbury County, Iowa1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Dakota County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Nebraska State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Knights of ColumbusN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lieske v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 2000 WL 1664973 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000)Attorney successfully argued that post-judgment interest in amount of 15% was excessive and case was reversed and remanded on this issue.
Wycoff v. Menke, 773 F.2d 983 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit 1985)Attorney successfully argued that district court's dismissal of complaint against Penitentiary Official should be affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
NBI Farm Accident SeminarFarm Injury Litigation2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyN/AN/A1997
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Northern Illinois University College of LawN/AMBA - Master of Business Administration1973
Westmar CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBI Farm Accident SeminarPlaintiff's Guide to Farm Accidents2014
Reservation of RightsReservation of Rights2004
No-Fault Seminar: The BasicsNo-Fault Insurance2000
Slip and Fall Cases in Minnesota - Defense PerspectiveSlip and Fall Cases1998
Recent Developments Involving No-Fault, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist BenefitsNo-Fault Insurance and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Benefits1998
Insurance Coverage Law in MinnesotaInsurance Coverage1998