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Jason Charles Brown

Divorce and separation Attorney at Champlin, MN

3.6   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2000
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., in 2003, after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced family law attorney who has handled a wide variety of cases. Jason has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, and a "Top 100 Family Law Attorney" by the Society of Legal Advocates.

Jason’s practice is dedicated almost exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He is a freqeuent guest speaker at continuing education courses, and authors a regular family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper. 

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason has been appointed as an early neutral evalutor in family court cases within the Tenth Judicial District. Judges routinely refer matters to him to help resolve complex custody and financial issues. He is a Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.

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Brown Law Offices, P.A.
11125 Zealand Avenue North
Champlin, MN, 55316-3595


3.6 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Tina | April 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Firm
I could not be happier with Jason and his firm. They made a difficult process easier to navigate. While my divorce was fairly simple it did have a few hiccups along the way, Jason and Pam were always on top of things. I would highly recommend Brown Law Offices.
Posted by Kristin Thomas | June 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Order of Protection Case
Jason Brown had prompt communication and follow up. The result of my case was great. Jason and his staff has timely action and support. I highly recommend Jason Brown.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Impressed
My divorce is ongoing, extremely contentious, and is 2+yrs in the making. It involves child custody issues, marital property division and a contested prenup agreement. I interviewed Jason 18 mos into it, searching for an additional lawyer to my current counsel, as the case load is enormous. I spoke with Jason very briefly on the phone, and sent him a few documents before our first meeting. When I arrived, I was extremely impressed that Jason was already up to speed with what I was facing, and had committed to memory some of the most intricate details of my case. His attention to detail far surpassed anyone I had interviewed at that point. He was and is, confident, poised and well versed in his field. We have been to a few court proceedings since Jason came on board, with more on the horizon. Jason's demeanor and presence in the courtroom is commanding, impressive and persuasive. It has been, and remains my experience, that Jason truly cares about his clients, and has their best interest at heart. He has the ability to stay on top of every detail, in a minimal time frame, thus keeping your costs down. Don't get me wrong, he's not a 'budget' attorney, but you get what you pay for. To date, it's been worth every penny!!
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Posted by Manuel | May 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney and Firm
Attorney Jason and his firm are great at what they do and know the law inside and out. My case, in my opinion, was a difficult one where lots of irrelevant details kept surfacing. Jason was able to cut through the nonsense and focus on what was important. His approach of respect gave me peace of mind knowing that no underhanded tactics were taking place, while at the same time knowing at my position was not compromised or hindered. In fact, I believe this style helped my case because those making decisions appreciated a fact based approach. Jason also has been in the industry for a long time. He uses this to his advantage because he knows how to formulate an argument tailored for each case and decision maker.
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Response from Jason Brown May 10, 2016
Manuel, I'm glad you are satisfied with my work, and the work of our support staff. So many decisions must be made about case strategy, which arguments to engage in, and how to engage. Honored to represent you.
Posted by jenibruwer | May 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical and Honest Family Lawyer
Jason was the kind of lawyer that I was looking to represent me during a difficult divorce. He helped me to stay focused on the issues that were important to the well being of my children and defuse all the petty arguments that occur during divorce. He takes an approach that allows you to feel good about how you behaved and one that is looking out for the best of the children. I would recommend Jason and his law firm to anyone who needs an objected opinion to help you through a difficult time in your life
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Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Thanks for the kind review, Jennifer. Much appreciated. It has been a privilege to represent you. I'm glad things are going well for you!
Posted by Jeff | July 27, 2015
Great lawyer, highly recommended.
I've retained Jason's services several times since 2007 for family court issues. He helped me with my divorce and two mediations that, ultimately, gave me 50/50 time with my daughter. He's patient, thorough, and his knowledge of the law combined with his experience in navigating the court system make him an excellent advocate for his clients. Not only is he able to use current laws to obtain the best outcome for you, he's able to piece together disparate aspects of your particular case into one complete picture. However, Jason's not a wizard. He doesn't have a magic wand, so don't expect magical outcomes if you've truly painted yourself into a corner. One of the best things about Jason is he's not afraid to tell you if an idea you have is a bad one. Jason's candor on whether the outcome would truly benefit you is one of his more valuable assets to you, the client. This is what makes a great lawyer. Lawyers are not there to do your bidding. This isn't a retail, service oriented business. If you don't listen to your lawyer, you roll the dice on what the judge may rule if you plan on going to trial. Jason is all about keeping things out of the courtroom as much as possible. This is because he's smart enough to know that once you're inside the courtroom, things get unpredictable. However, if you do go to trial, Jason is the guy you'd want in your corner. Jason is also very good at working with you in order to save costs. There's a level of trust that, understandably, needs to be built, but Jason would let me take the reigns on drafting quite a few aspects of my cases. This saved me a boatload of money and Jason would oversee the final preparations to make sure everything was good to go. Of course, he's more than happy to take care of everything for you as well. He's great at building a relationship with you, the client, which helps him navigate the best way to work with you. My one tip regarding Jason is that, unless it's an emergency, it may take him a few days to get back to you on something. He's usually very responsive, but if he's in court, expect to give him some time to get back to you. This isn't a negative ding, it's just the nature of his work. I've found that if I was prepared and planned ahead, I had absolutely no trouble getting in touch with him. Conference calls were always on time and he respected my time when the clock started ticking. I've recommended Jason to other people and will continue to do so.
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Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Jeff, a very thorough review. Thank you for taking the time to let others know about your experience. Has it really been nine years since we started working together? Time flies!
Posted by Paula | January 20, 2015
Impressed with Jason Brown's Law Office
Jason and his staff are very good at their jobs. Always available to answer questions in a timely manner. Jason is very fair and doesn't charge random fees for every little thing. He was willing to offer me advice when I had a court date regarding my divorce, when I couldn't afford a lawyer. He knows the law and has the experience to be the best lawyer a person would want. And he is a good person. I have referred him to many people and they have been happy with his service.
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Response from Jason Brown May 10, 2016
Paula, I'm thankful for your nice review, and the many referrals I've received from you over the years. Nice of you to mention our support staff as well. They work really hard, without a lot of recognition. I'll pass your note along.
Posted by David | December 30, 2014
Excellent divorce attorney!
I used Jason for my recent divorce and I have nothing but great things to say about him and his firm. They were responsive, kept me informed every step of the way, and were there for me as a solid resource during a difficult process. I highly recommend Jason and his team to anyone going through (or considering) a divorce!
Response from Jason Brown May 10, 2016
I realize you are quite busy, David, but I really appreciate you taking the time to offer a few comments. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Posted by Richard | November 25, 2014
A great teacher who knows his subject matter thoroughly
Not being familiar with all that is involved in the intricacies of divorce Jason was a great teacher and knows his subject matter thoroughly. I had a very difficult divorce, in my opinion, and Jason made sure we were always moving forward in a positive manner while keeping me informed of the process and what to expect next. I felt Jason also had unique ideas and solutions to problems that popped up and was always thinking outside of the box. He researched my case thoroughly and I felt I was very well represented by Jason. By the end of the divorce I was very well pleased with the outcome and feel that I have been able to move on with my life happier and quicker than if I hadn't been represented by Jason and his team.
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Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Richard, it's a been a long road for you, I know. Glad to hear that you were pleased with the outcome in your case.
Posted by Bobbi | November 25, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
I am grateful that Jason was on my side of my post-divorce issues. He was very knowledgeable, listened to what I wanted and advised me about what would/could happen. He calmed my (many) fears about all the unknowns of the legal process. I felt he truly cared about the welfare of my kids. I would (and have) recommended him to anyone who wants a compassionate, down to earth person to represent them. I would hire Jason again without hesitation if necessary.
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Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Bobbi, thank you, again, for the opportunity to represent you. I don't take that responsibility lightly. I further appreciate the referrals. That is the highest compliment a lawyer can receive. Best to you!
Posted by Evan | November 25, 2014
would recommend
Mr. Brown helped navigate me through a painful and unwanted divorce. I felt he listened to me and represented me well through what was a intimidating process.
Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Evan, thank you for taking a few minutes to offer your thoughts. Your situation was particularly difficult, given you didn't want things to move forward. It's always hard to strike a balance between attempting to reconcile and looking out for your interests.
Posted by Jennifer | November 14, 2012
Great to work with / Excellent Lawyer
Jason was very attentive and listened to what I wanted to accomplish with my divorce. He made it simple and helped me to minimize my costs and the length of time spent on my divorce. He is a very good lawyer and very knowledgable
Response from Jason Brown May 9, 2016
Jennifer, I appreciate the kind review. It was a privilege to represent you. As you know, every case is unique. I'm glad you felt listened to. That's so important.
Posted by Joseph | October 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Making Money With Inadequate Representation
While I respect Jason as a professional attorney, it became very clear early in our relationship that his first priority was collecting a lot in legal fees and not following through on my requests. Just prior to ending representation, he wanted to collect a $25,000 retainer. During our court proceedings, opposing counsel aggressively made demands. Jason failed to counter aggressively, which meant my pleas were never adequately heard by the court. And opposing counsel wasn't forced to provide support for their unsubstantiated claims. I would recommend you find someone who will aggressively fight for your rights. Jason unfortunately has other priorities.
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Response from Jason Brown November 5, 2018
Given the ethical rules surrounding client confidentiality, I am unable to respond in detail to Joseph's comments. What I can say is that our law firm was retained relatively late in the proceeding. A large number of decisions had been made by the court prior to our involvement, and we were unable to untangle the mess. Every issue in this particular case was disputed - including custody, child support, property division and spousal maintenance. A three-day trial was scheduled several months out, and we did request a retainer to cover the time and expense associated with it. Indeed, trials are expensive. It is for that reason that we work very hard to avoid the need for trial. In fact, more than 95% of the cases we handle are settled out of court. Joseph, if you want to discuss this further, I invite you to give me a call. It was a privilege to get to know you and I wish you well.
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Posted by Travis | September 16, 2014
Nice guy, but I would have been better off without a lawyer.
I hired Jason because he seemed like a nice trustworthy person. However, it was a huge waste of money. After spending close to $20,000 on legal expenses I realized that the judgment from the judge couldn't have been worse if I represented myself. Throughout the two-year process Jason reassured me that maintenance would not be an issue in a case like mine, however I ended up paying $500 a month. And that's on top of child support. In conclusion I wouldn't say that Jason is a terrible lawyer but I would say that having the lawyer did not help me at all
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Response from Jason Brown November 25, 2014
Foremost, I appreciate Travis' input. The firm did the best we could with the facts of his situation. The ethics rules preclude me from going into detail, but I think it is fair to say that every other issue in his matter (custody, child support, property allocation) was decided favorably. In this particular case, a trial was required on the issue of spousal maintenance. The trial went very well, but the court ultimately awarded some alimony. As I tell every client, you never know what the judge is going to do. For that reason, we strongly encourage clients to work hard in resolving matters outside the courtroom.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So many of Jason Brown’s other 1 star reviews are accurate!
Jason Brown struggles with being honest. Jason follows money is the money. He doesn’t follow his fiduciary responsibility as a Minnesota attorney. . Instead, he is consumed by greed from case after case. Instead of doing what’s right, he will follow his clients instructions regardless, if they’ve been convicted of child abuse. I noticed if you look at Jason Brown’s Google, Avvo and reviews, he has MANY one star reviews and in many of those he responds with similar zero accountability response. Thing is all of these cases are public record. Don’t take my word. So many one star reviews.. Instead, I encourage you to read his responses, pull up his cases, and you can read how instead of taking accountability, JasonBrown just denes it al. If you take the time, you can read and verify that is one star reviews have validity to them. Jason Brown is not a good MN lawyer, and I sadly have also seen fist hand the lengths Jason Brown will go to protect his now convicted child abusing client. Jason helped her get away with it for six years. It took CPS getting involved many times and then she was finally convicted.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Jason Brown Probably the worst divorce attorney [if you can even call him that] that ever existed. I started out at his firm with a wonderful female lawyer which was what i preferred. i did not want a male lawyer. also tried to save money by going with a Champlin firm vs a Minneapolis firm. so not the case!!!!! charged the same or more than Minneapolis lawyers. Apparently I was too emotional [which is entirely normal for a woman who is being dumped by her husband of 21 years] and she turned my case over to Jason Brown who did not even care about my case. All our calls were on speaker so i was made sure that i would not get emotional. he put me on hold to respond to another call which was to my husband's attorney.. when i asked him how the call went he said they were laughing together - not what you want to hear from your lawyer. Anyway, needless to say with this guy, he was not, so not there for me during the whole process. I literally felt like i was representing myself. Kinda wished I had my husband's attorney!! Message to women going through a devastating divorce. DO NOT GO TO JASON BROWN FOR LEGAL ADVISE!!!!! A HUGE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!!!! After the divorce was finalized [no help from him] I had to go to his office so he could read my entire decree to me. What, like I wasn't able to read it myself? And of course charged me for the time. Meanwhile construction workers were running around updating his Law Office at what looked like to be at a great expense.. Anyway - looser! Waste of money. Not a care to what you are going thru. Hugh waste.. Terrible attorney, if you can call him that.. Ladies, there are so many great lawyers out there.. Pay the extra, it is so worth it.. Good luck!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Lacks Real Estate Knowledge & Follow Through
I filed for divorce after my husband was arrested for domestic assault. Jason represented me in my divorce and in my order for protection hearing. I owned a condo that I purchased from my parents on a contract for deed. During the divorce process, we asked Jason multiple times about the condo, and his response was always, "Don't worry about it. Your husband has no legal claim on it because you bought it on a contract for deed and his name was never on the title." He was wrong. I recently sold my condo and at closing, the title company told me that my ex-husband still had marital interest in the property because Jason did not ask opposing counsel for a quitclaim deed. Jason also bungled my divorce decree and did not specify that ownership of the condo was being transferred to me. I explained to the title company that my husband was arrested for domestic assault and there is a permanent no contact order in place for my protection. They told me to ask my divorce lawyer to draft a quitclaim deed, send it to opposing counsel, and tell them to have my ex-husband sign it. We reached out to Jason twice and he never responded. I am truly astonished by his unprofessionalism. Jason's lack of real estate knowledge almost cost the sale of my condo. In the end, the title company generously drafted a quitclaim, and my parents reached out to my ex-husband, who agreed to sign it. We still haven't heard back from Jason. My divorce cost over $20,000 and we didn't even go to trial. One of my friends represented himself in his divorce and put the correct real estate wording in his divorce decree. This is extremely frustrating. I was very poorly represented by Jason.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not trustworthy
The following is a personal opinion. My case was started with a junior attorney on staff. I felt a connection and more importantly I trusted them. Part way through my case Jason took over. He led me to believe he could get better results. All I got was a larger bill and after many failing, I began to distrust him personally. Feeling like you aren’t getting good legal advice is one thing, believing you are being manipulated just to collect more legal fees is another. His goal seamed to be collecting a lot of fees and not following up on my requests. During pretrial the opposing counsel were aggressive. They asked for numerus documents and proof of income and most egregious my monthly expenses. Which Jason insisted I provided even though none of these were reciprocated by the other side. When I asked why it was anyone’s busines how much I spent on Gasoline, food, clothes etc. He said it showed openness. It took a lot of time to assemble and document these; more billable hours. I personally felt he was more worried about how the judge felt about him. He wanted to look good and let my case slide through the judge’s case load with ease. This would make both their lives easier; my case was secondary. Home studied, personality tests. My child was interviewed! My goal, from the beginning, was primary custody. The opposing side wanted 50/50, from the beginning. Very near the end (we were at the courthouse) my original lawyer (junior in the office) came to me and said the ‘word in the court house’ was that my judge always gave 50/50 unless one party was completely irresponsible. Why hadn’t he felt the judge out months ago? Jason insisted we continue in court, and was able to bill more hours. $$$$$$$ It all ended in 50/50 and the judge assigned how the time would be divided. The judge imposed every other holiday. Jason even screws this up. He made out the list and forgot to included Memorial and Labor Day on the list. Even though I had requested they be included as holidays. I could have gone before the court and got the same deal representing myself and saves +$20,000. Having a lawyer did not help me at all! Jason goes though the minimal effort just to billing hours. If you want someone who will aggressively fight for you, I recommend another firm. Jason’s priorities are in his self-interest not yours.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I wish I could put zero stars - Never Hire
I just wrapped up my case a month ago with Jason and "his team". Not only were they not helpful in my case, as they passed my case around their office, I had to spend money explaining the facts and updated circumstances multiple times, costing me more time and money to his firm. I did not receive timely responses and it was clear that they do not work well and their case load is far too large if you are looking for attention to detail. I regret using them as they are priced on the higher end, and should have went elsewhere for my resolution.
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Response from Jason Brown May 6, 2016
It is difficult for me to respond to this particular review, because the former client did not identify themselves. I can say that our firm is very responsive to any issues raised by a client concerning the nature of our work, and we take that responsibility seriously. As temperament and expectations change from client to client, we try to adapt to meet each individual's needs. It seems we didn't meet expectations in this instance. If this particular client wishes to discuss further, I invite them to please contact me.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brown Law Offices, P.A.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Minnesota's Tenth Judicial District
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Pritzker Olsen
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, PA
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Custody
  • After 18 months of contentious litigation, and a three day trial, our client was granted sole physical custody of the children.
  • Custody
  • The case settled on a full and final basis in favor of our client after our lawyers convinced the court to award joint physical custody at a temporary motion hearing.
  • Custody
  • After a three day trial, our client was allowed to remain in Arizona with the children and was awarded sole physical custody.
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  • Minnesota's Tenth Judicial District
  • Early Neutral Evaluator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Rule 114 Neutral
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2003 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • 10/10 Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 100 in Family Law
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • LawInfo
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5/5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 25 Blog
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2011
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  • Minnesota Trial Lawyer Magazine
  • The Intersection of Family Law and Wrongful Death Cases
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Lawyers Seminar
  • Family Law Summary
  • 2015
  • Law Clerk CLE
  • Custody and Parenting Time Amendments
  • 2015
  • Minnesota Paralegal Association Meeting
  • Parenting Time Schedules: Taking Into Account Religion and Culture
  • 2014
  • Tenth Judicial District Law Clerks
  • Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota: Historical Perspective
  • 2013
  • Minnesota Family Law Institute
  • Family Law Diversity: Holidays Across World Cultures and Religion
  • 2013
  • Hennepin County Bar Association CLE
  • Law Firm Marketing in the 21st Century
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Jason
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have mediated several family law cases for him and have found him to be well grounded in the law and highly prepared. He represents the interests of his client well."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jason fro several years. He is very knowledgeable in family law and reasonable is his handling of the cases. I understand that Jason will soon be adding mediation and I think he will be an excellent resource."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Jason on multiple contested family law matters and I have found him to be professional, knowledgeable and a good advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jason worked to find practical and reasonable solutions that made sense for both parties and their children."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation