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Kaitlyn Joy Andren

Family Attorney at Maple Grove, MN

5.0   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2015
    Status
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About Kaitlyn

Learn Kaitlyn’s areas of practice.

Kaitlyn J. Andren is a partner at Terzich & Ort, LLP, who devotes her practice exclusively to family law. She brings a thoughtful and practical approach to helping clients with a wide range of family law issues, including divorce, legal separation, physical custody, legal custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, property division, debt allocation, paternity, contempt, domestic abuse, harassment, and step-parent adoption.

Before joining Terzich & Ort, LLP, in 2019, Kaitlyn developed her family law practice while working for several years as a family law attorney at another small family law firm. Kaitlyn also worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward T. Wahl at the Family Justice Center in Hennepin County and worked as a Special Assistant County Attorney in the family law division of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. Kaitlyn’s previous positions allowed her to gain meaningful experience handling family law issues and develop first-hand knowledge of the court system and the judicial decision-making process.

Kaitlyn also practices family law at the appellate level. She wrote a brief as amicus curiae with Standpoint (MN) in support of appellant’s position in Pooley v. Pooley, A20-1250 (Minn. 2022), which was a case regarding omitted assets in a divorce. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of appellant, which was a huge victory for making sure financially abusive spouses are prevented from forcing their victims to agree to extremely inequitable divisions of property while leaving them no recourse to challenge those divisions.

Kaitlyn also helped a client successfully appeal an Order for Protection matter in 2018. In re the Matter of Hansen v. Richter, A17-1063 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018) (nonprecedential opinion).

Kaitlyn has earned consistent recognition as being among the top 2.5% of lawyers in her region, and she has received “Excellent” client ratings on Avvo along with the site’s Clients’ Choice Award. She is honored for her outstanding professionalism and stellar client service.

Kaitlyn has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® publication in 2021 and 2022. While up to five percent of the lawyers in Minnesota are named to Super Lawyers®, no more than two and a half percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Kaitlyn has also been recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hour of pro bono legal services to low-income individuals at no fee and without expectation of a fee.

Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association (Family Law Section), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the Family Law League, and Minnesota Women Lawyers. In addition, Kaitlyn serves as a volunteer attorney and is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Kaitlyn serves as a Class Engagement Officer to the University of St. Thomas School of Law Class of 2015. She also serves as a mentor to a law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law through their Mentor-Externship program each year. In addition, Kaitlyn volunteers as a mentor to an undergrad student at Gustavus Adolphus College through the Gustavus Mentoring program each year.

In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys traveling, baking gluten free goodies, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends and her dog, Stanley.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
2019

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2024
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Great Divorce Attorney
Kaitlyn is detail oriented, thorough in her communication, and incredibly knowledgeable. I felt I was in good hands as I navigated through the difficult process of a divorce. She outlined every detail of the process for me. She has a calm and patient demeanor which I appreciated during a time of high stress in my life. Before selecting Kaitlyn to represent me I consulted with other attorneys and couldn’t be happier that I worked with her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2023
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Trusted legal support
Kaitlyn is efficient and moved through multiple issues with ease and understanding. She was extremely knowledgeable and provided the guidance needed for my family. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to work with her!
Posted by Rena | June 14, 2023
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Difficult Divorce
Kaitlyn was very kind and patient in this difficult process. She explained things thoroughly and always had time to talk with me about anything I needed to know or needed clarification about. I had complete trust and confidence in her knowledge and would hire her again without hesitation.
Posted by Casey | March 14, 2023
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Communication in a time of strife
Kaitlyn was very helpful and professional in a difficult time of dealing with a custody matter. She was knowledgeable, approachable, and understanding throughout the ordeal. Kaitlyn was able to quell my anxieties through frequent communication and would continually lay out what to expect for next steps. I don't think I could have navigated the custody case without her and would recommend her to anyone that needs help with family law.
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Posted by Beth | January 9, 2023
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Attentive, intelligent, reasonable, knowledgeable
Very knowledgeable about the law, I did not feel like I was paying her to research options. Understood my goals, willing to discuss options. Upfront about the cost and aware of not spending more time than necessary. Her written and oral testimonies were to the point and comprehensive.
Posted by Shari | May 3, 2022
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Calm, knowledgeable, and helpful
Kaitlyn provided help and guidance with a parenting issue post divorce. I was very pleased with the way the matter was resolved. She worked hard to keep represent me and provide a voice for me. She is willing to answer any questions and is a calm, knowledgeable presence during difficult times.
Posted by Tammy | February 10, 2022
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Divorce
Kaitlyn made this very difficult process as painless as possible. She provided me with options and gave me great advice when I asked. She also reassured me when I was in need. Not to mention, she is a great person and very easy to talk to.
Posted by Dustin | October 15, 2020
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Child Support
Kaitlyn was so great to work with. She was easy to talk to, very thorough, supportive, and knowledgeable. This was the third attorney I hired since I divorced my ex-wife in 2016, and I wish I would have started with her initially. I'll continue to use her whenever I need an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2019
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Great Lawyer!
Katie was great to work with! She was super efficient and quick at getting the task done and was super helpful in answering questions. She was very professional and got the entire process done a lot faster than I expected. She is worth the hire!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
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Legal separation
It took me 2 years to hire kaitlyn because I was wavering back and forth and after hiring her, it took another year to get all my documents together. She was extremely patient and supportive. She is very knowledgeable and gives good advice. I actually followed her from another law firm because I didn't want any other lawyer. She's a great lawyer.
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Posted by Brenda | June 10, 2019
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Relief from harrassment
Kaitlyn did an excellent job of helping me attain a 2-year HRO. She is very detail oriented and great at keeping up to speed as new events/information come to her attention. I felt very prepared and confident for our court appearance.
Posted by Phillip | May 12, 2019
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Very Knowledgeable
Kaitlyn was extremely knowledgeable and willing to work with my military divorce proceeding. She helped to make the process painless and timely. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Doug | May 10, 2019
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Spousal Support
We were one of the first to determine the Court's interpretation of the Minnesota Cohabitation law. Kaitlyn did an excellent job of getting the Court to agree with our reading of the new law. Good work!
Posted by Rose | May 10, 2019
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Professional and Supportive!
During the divorce process Kaitlyn helped me make the best choices for my situation and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome - thank you Kaitlyn❤️
Posted by Kaylie | May 9, 2019
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Great lawyer
Kaitlyn was a great lawyer and showed that she was very dedicated to our case. She would answer all my questions very fast and I never had to wait around for an answer from her. She went into great details about what was going to happen and what to expect.
Posted by Gretchen | May 8, 2019
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Compassionate and excellent in the field of Family Law
Kaitlyn is a very thoughtful, trustworthy, and knowledgeable attorney who will guide you through a difficult situation. I was impressed with her professionalism, and ability to get up to speed on the facts of my case. Even though we didn't get the outcome we had hoped for, I always felt confident and that I was in good hands. Kaitlyn valued my opinions, calmed my nerves, and made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. Thank you Kaitlyn.
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Posted by Susan | May 2, 2019
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Kaitlyn Andren
Kaitlyn, walked me through every step that need to be taken, regarding the custody of my Great-Granddaughter. With out her explaining all the details and answering all the questions I had, it would have been a very difficult time for us. She has made everything so much easier.
Posted by Luke | April 15, 2019
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Professional and detail oriented
Kaitlyn is a very helpful and professional person. She has a great eye for details and gave me great advice. She explained things to me and made sure I had a clear understanding of the situations we were making decisions on. Going through a divorce can be stressful to say the least and having had to go through it I really appreciate having Kaitlyn as my lawyer, I lost count of the number of times she put my mind at ease. I am extremely pleased w/ the way she handled everything. I have recommended her to a close friend, and will continue to recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer.
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Posted by Mark | April 14, 2019
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Professional and MN nice
Kaitlyn helped me navigate the process of reaching a settlement with my ex to end my alimony. Her and her support staff were professional and provided thoughtful advice through the entire process.
Posted by Kim | April 10, 2019
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Exceptional Attorney!!!
I hired Kaitlyn for my custody case. I'm a Grandparent who wanted permanent custody of my Grandson. Kaitlyn was above and beyond the knowledge of the custody laws. She is a true professional. She is so caring, polite and always one step ahead of the custody process. She always kept me informed as my case was going on through the months. Explained every aspect of the procedure and case as we went along. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a family law attorney. I consider her a great friend. Hard to find people like her who are well educated and so sincere. I can't ever thank her enough for her hard work and winning my case! Thank you so much Kaitlyn!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 315-315 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Terzich & Ort, LLP
  • 2023 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Terzich & Ort, LLP
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • Brown Law Offices, P.A.
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward T. Wahl
  • State of Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Special Assistant County Attorney, Family Law Division
  • Anoka County Attorney's Office
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Law Clerk & Certified Student Attorney (Volunteer)
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Richard Stebbins
  • State of Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk & Certified Student Attorney, Family Law Division
  • Anoka County Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Legal Extern
  • Dove Fretland & Van Valkenburg, PLLP
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Legal Intern (Volunteer)
  • Souther Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • University of St Thomas Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Gustauvs Adolphus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Third-Party Custody Granted
  • The court awarded Kaitlyn J. Andren's client sole physical and sole legal custody of her grandson and ordered both of the child's parents to pay child support.
  • Custody Modification Denied
  • The court denied the father's motion to modify custody and ordered father to start paying child support.
  • Successful Appeal of Order for Protection
  • The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed the district court's decision to issue an Order for Protection and remanded to the district court.
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Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota Family Law League
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Clients' Choice Award 2019
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Dean's Award for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Child custody Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kaitlyn is a smart and effective advocate for her clients. She comes to court and mediations prepared and ready to zealously represent her client's interests. I would refer my own friends and family to Kaitlyn."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Kaitlyn daily for over three years. She is personable, poised and possesses the skills necessary to effectively represent clients from all walks of life. Kaitlyn is confident in the courtroom and has obtained excellent results for our clients."