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Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell

Family Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 5 years
    New Mexico - NM 17 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2018
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Elizabeth

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Practice area

Elizabeth is an attorney at Best & Flanagan LLP in Minneapolis. Her practice is focused exclusively on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, post-decree matters, domestic violence, and third party custody.

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), comprised of the top family law attorneys in the nation who are recognized as having the highest levels of knowledge, skill, and integrity. Elizabeth is also a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and has frequently worked as a Parenting Consultant, custody evaluator, and court-appointed neutral. A skilled writer and negotiator, she enjoys crafting creative solutions and is always prepared to advocate for her clients and their children both in and out of the courtroom. 

Elizabeth graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College and earned her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas, where she was an editor of the Law Journal. She is currently serving her second term on the University of St. Thomas School Alumni Advisory Board.

Elizabeth previously practiced at Heimerl & Lammers. Before moving her practice to Minnesota, she practiced family law for nearly 12 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was Managing Partner of her former firm. She is experienced at handling parental child abduction cases and is a member of the International Child Abduction Attorney Network and the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts. Elizabeth is also trained in collaborative divorce.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and is a freelance singer and cellist. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of Cantus and Lutheran Summer Music.

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Best & Flanagan LLP
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


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Posted by Martha | May 22, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Recommendation for Elizabeth Hartwell
I worked with Elizabeth on cases for years as an opposing counsel. I found her to be smart, organized, persistent and a fine advocate for her clients. More importantly, to me anyway, is that she took the long view, especially in child custody cases, and worked hard to find long lasting solutions that benefitted the children. You won't go wrong hiring her for your family law matter. Listen to her advice- she knows what she is talking about.
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Posted by Chad | April 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased with the level of commitment & personal interest taken with my case!
Elizabeth is extremely knowledgeable. She takes the time to make sure things are done correctly. Very compassionate. I would recommend her to anyone looking to retain her services. She helped my family in ways I could never repay - "Thank You Liz!" I've known Elizabeth for many many years. She knows her stuff!! As long as I've known her she has always done for others... That's what makes her so good - commitment to good! The level of commitment with Elizabeth as your attorney - she will fight for you as if you are her family. Absolutely the best attorney & person I've had the pleasure of knowing. Again, "Thank You so much Liz - I cannot say it enough!
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Posted by John | April 8, 2019
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Liz Hartwell's calm and supportive professionalism throughout a difficult and otherwise emotional divorce process helped reach a very favorable financial settlement reasonably quickly.
Posted by Jessica | April 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
Ms. Drotning Hartwell is easily the best family law attorney you can ask for. Her unparalleled knowledge, fierce representation, and ethical professionalism were a guiding light in a very difficult situation. We would have been unimaginably lost without her. Thank you for everything!
Posted by Jeri | April 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate guidance
Elizabeth Hartwell guided me through my divorce with compassion and professionalism. She listened to my needs, concerns and priorities always making sure we were safe. Most importly she gave me and my girls my life back. I can never thank her enough for her excellent help in such a challenging time. I highly recommend her.
Posted by John | March 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Stong and ethical representation
Ms. Hartwell helped me through a difficult and ugly child custody case. Her advise was always spot on and helpful. She never "sugar coated" anything and provided a calm and ethical approach even through some difficult court appearances.
Posted by Bob Galligan | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Hartwell is outstanding!
I worked with Liz in New Mexico as a court appointed special master. She is an excellent attorney. Wonderful with her clients and for her clients. And as a court appointed guardian for children she was the ultimate. Her decisions in the best interest of the child are spot on and always child centered. As someone that's worked in the field of high conflict custody matters for over 30 years I was ALWAYS very impressed with Ms. Hartwell.
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Posted by Karina | March 28, 2019
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Wonderful & Experienced Attorney!
I hired Elizabeth when I was dealing with some very difficult family law problems, and hiring her was one of the best decisions I could have made. She was truly a zealous advocate who helped me navigate the legal system with expertise and ease. She is dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable, attentive, and professional. If you need a family law attorney and want someone who provides outstanding services, I highly recommend Elizabeth!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Best & Flanagan LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Heimerl & Lammers LLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Shareholder
  • Geer Wissel Levy & Hartwell, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2018


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Saint Olaf College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Oldham v. Oldham
  • Nixon v. Nixon


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2023 - Present
  • AAML Divorce Camp
  • Planning Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Cantus Vocal Ensemble
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Lutheran Summer Music
  • Chair, Advisory Council
  • 2019 - Present
  • Lutheran Summer Music
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Family Law League
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Education Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Alumni Board
  • Secretary
  • 2020 - 2021
  • New Mexico Supreme Court Domestic Relations Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • New Mexico State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2018
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • North Star Lawyer
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Supreme Court of New Mexico
  • 2017
  • Editor, Law Journal
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • 2004
  • Dean's Scholar
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Finding Boundaries and Balance in Legal Practice
  • 2022
  • Minnesota Family Law Institute
  • School Law 101 for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Divorce Camp
  • Facilitator
  • 2022
  • Mentorship Externship
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2021
  • Solo & Small Firm Course
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2019
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Death and Dissolution: Oldham, the Probate Code, and Beyond
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Elizabeth
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Liz is very kind and empathetic towards her clients, and she is zealous in the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Liz is a skilled, compassionate, knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is a skilled negotiator, who will reach reasonable settlements when compromise is appropriate, and an accomplished litigator, who will fiercely advocate when necessary. Liz is respected by her clients, other attorneys, and the Court, without exception."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Liz for about 8 years, and we had many cases against each other as opposing counsel. She is a true professional and very easy to work with. We had a 100% settlement rate which is very great for the parties. I am happy to endorse her, and would recommend her services."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Liz for over a decade and worked with her on many cases. She is great to work with both as an opposing counsel and as a guardian ad litem. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has handled difficult cases with the utmost professionalism."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I'm an attorney in New Mexico that worked with Elizabeth Hartwell for approximately 10 years before she relocated to Minnesota. Elizabeth has an impeccable reputation as a leading expert in family law. She handles the pressures of family law gracefully, with compassion for the parties, respect for the Court, and devotion for the law. She is well respected by her colleagues who trust her to stand by her word. I enthusiastically endorse this attorney."
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Minneapolis Family Lawyer Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell
Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell
Family Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 17 years
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