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Zachary Adam Kretchmer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

4.8   16 reviews

also known as Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC

  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Zachary

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Zachary A. Kretchmer is the founding member of Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC. Mr. Kretchmer’s practice is 100% devoted to family law, representing clients on cases involving divorce, complex business valuations, non-marital property, spousal maintenance, paternity, custody, and adoption matters.

Mr. Kretchmer advocates a pragmatic, sensible and cost-effective approach to family law, and utilizes the courts only as a last resort. To that end, Mr. Kretchmer regularly participates in mediation in order to mitigate legal costs while still obtaining a result consistent with his clients' wishes. In the event litigation is necessary, Mr. Kretchmer is a meticulous practitioner who will use his command of the law and the particular facts of the case to protect his client's interests. Mr. Kretchmer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, a  Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, and offers family mediation services. Mr. Kretchmer is also regularly invited to speak on a wide range of family law issues. 

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Location

Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC
1600 Utica Avenue S
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN, 55416

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2022
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Exceptional Attorney
I would unequivocally recommend Zak for anyone going through a divorce or that is involved in any family law issues. Zak was professional, extremely knowledgeable, practical, and empathetic in helping to drive successful results in a very challenging and contentious divorce. Zak not only helped bring resolution, but he created value through the process with creative solutions and honesty that allowed me to make the best decisions for myself and my children. Zak was highly recommended to me and now I understand why and I would similarly recommend Zak to family and friends that are going through this process.
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Posted by Amy | July 20, 2022
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
Zak helped me through a difficult divorce that took over a year to finalize. There were some complicated assets to divide, three children involved and selling of a home. Zak was incredibly responsive. No question was a dumb question. He was clear with his legal advice and provide options if they were available. He would give me recommendations as to the best decision and why. My kids went through difficult situations and he was always available to consult as needed. In addition to his prompt responses and strong legal advice he walked me through the process with care knowing he understood the impact of a life changing decision such as this one. I highly recommend Zak. You will be in excellent hands should you choose to hire him.
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Posted by Jon | January 6, 2021
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Divorce
Zak represented me in my divorce. I was dealing with a difficult ex and her equally difficult lawyer. He always remained calm and professional directed me wisely to do the same. He kept me informed and posted as progress was made. He was aware of opposing counsels tactics and countered them well.
Posted by Richard Fisher | April 26, 2020
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A Kind and Emphathetic Leader and Friend
Zachary helped me through a time when I was blinded by the reality of my divorce. He kept me focused and always used a gentle approach with me and my ex. He is a very skilled at handling all related matters in a professional manner. His demeanor is calm but persuasive when necessary which makes him a great advocate for your best interests and that of your children. He would always tell me "Goodness and Light". In the beginning this was not something I could see, but now I clearly understand. He is someone I will always consider a friend.
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Posted by Jenessa | April 16, 2020
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Professional, Ethical, Patient, Open and Honest
Professional, Ethical, Patient, Open and Honest, are ALL qualities that I would use to describe Zak Kretchmer. Nothing about my divorce was “normal” or “easy,” if divorce is ever that. However, if you want an Attorney who will have your back, Zak is your counsel. From the date of hire, Zak was great at preparing me for the process both as it related to our financial situation, child support and custody and spousal maintenance. My focus was my daughter and to receive equitable assets of my 15 year marriage. Zak's patience in answering custody and financial questions cannot be surpassed. The financials in my marriage were complex and mostly taken care of by my ex-husband, so this process was relatively new to me. However, Zak was there to provide detailed explanations, guidance and recommendations that I am forever thankful for. When things got heated, Zak was quick to respond and remind me of his role and our goals in the divorce. Even after the Decree was signed, Zak has provided further assistance and referrals that have gone above and beyond my expectations as a Divorce Attorney. Not only would I recommend Zak but I am grateful that I had him in my corner during the most challenging time of my life. With his help, I have successfully navigated divorce and done so with dignity and grace.
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Posted by Jason | August 8, 2019
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Helpful, respectful, direct and realistic!
From day one, Zak's demeanor and attitude towards my case was extremely professional. Not only did he treat me like a client, but he treated me like a person -- respected by feelings, my emotions, my POV and my situation. By nature, his work is very sensitive and things can be complex when feelings are involved. He "dumbed things down" for me when needed, he was able to articulate and clearly lay out a gameplan for my case, and kept me apprised of the status of my case continuously. Zak was also very timely and thorough in his responses, both to me and opposing counsel. I appreciated that he kept things moves as expeditiously as possible. He made sure that I had realistic expectations, wasn't afraid to give me his professional opinion and told me if/when I was out of line. Most importantly, I always felt like Zak had my back and had my best interests in mind. I would definitely refer Zak on to others seeking professional advice surrounding divorce and separation.
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Posted by Steve | March 4, 2019
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Tough case
I found Zak to be a good, honest and compassionate lawyer. I had a very difficult case to handle dissolving a 41 year marriage. I also really appreciated the fact that he was available when ever I needed him (witch was often). He guided me to the best possible outcome all things considered. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone!
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Posted by Howard | April 25, 2018
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Top Notch Family Law Attorney in MN
Zach is super professional, extremely knowledgable in the area of family law and very warm and personable. I had a very complicated divorce. Zach handled it superbly! Many people I meet are astonished that he was able to get for me, a father, total custody of my minor daughter. I recommend Zach and his firm to anyone who needs help in the area of family law.
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Posted by Jonah | June 14, 2017
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I Highly Recommend Zachary Kretchmer
Going into my divorce, I had many concerns. My children and wife’s well-being, custody/child support, and financial settlement were at the top. Zak’s goal setting, game planning, and execution exceeded my expectations on all accounts. Through the entire process, Zak and team were very professional and I always felt I had the best representation in my corner. I would highly recommend Zachary Kretchmer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2017
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Look no further - hire Zak
I was referred to Zak by a trusted friend, and I am beyond thankful for his guidance and support as I navigated through my divorce this past year. I had many concerns regarding my financial well-being, child custody and support and spousal maintenance, as I was transitioning from being a stay-at-home-mom to a single, working mother to a 3-year-old little boy. Zak made me feel comfortable right away and took the time to prepare me for every step in the process, paying extra attention to details that were of highest importance to me. He advocated for the best interest of my little boy and I, and was by my side for every financial and child custody mediation appointment. He promptly responded to all of my phone calls and emails and patiently answered my questions in a way that made sense to me, without making me feel inferior or overwhelmed with lawyer jargon. I could not be happier with the end results of my divorce and my experience with Zak. He is an incredible lawyer - but equally as important, he is a trustworthy, loyal, stand-up guy. Look no further - hire Zak.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2016
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Experienced and Astute Guidance
Mr. Kretchmer provides a very transparent and clear view of the case at hand and has a great step-wise approach to dealing with the multiple, and at times, unique aspects of the legal process. In my specific case, Mr. Kretchmer along with his team provided excellent guidance and advice throughout the course of the proceedings and and integrated my feedback at every step. Great attorney with access to a great knowledge base.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
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divorce experience
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for Zak's help in a divorce that I had attempted to get for many years and was terrified. Everything went smoothly with Zak, my ex's control issues never even surfaced. The funny thing was that Zak advocated so competently on my behalf, but he also showed concern for my ex! I feel so satisfied with the settlement, because to me it was fair, and I think I can take it from here. Zak kept his eye on the ball, at times seeming singlehandedly to keep it all moving forward. He caught mistakes (big ones), he listened, he counseled, he explained (usually over and over, I was so nervous I had difficulty concentrating), he strategized how best not to antagonize my ex and make it as easy as possible for him to agree to a settlement. He just brought a lot of skill to a difficult endeavor. And it was all done calmly and kindly. If you need help, I can assure you, you need Zak
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2016
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Exceptional Advocate
Zak did exceptional work to help me navigate my way through a difficult custody matter. He listened to my concerns and was an exceptional advocate for my children and me. I had a very difficult case but Zak always maintained his integrity and professionalism. This paid off in the end and I was extremely thankful I won the right way. Throughout the entire process, Zak was always there to answer my questions and remind me that there is a lot to be said of taking the high road and being the bigger person even if it’s hard at times. I highly recommend Zak to anyone needing assistance with a family law problem.
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Posted by Mary Barbara Wongel | June 22, 2015
Trustworthy and Knowledgeable Lawyer
Zak Kretchmer is the lawyer you want to represent you if you are going through a divorce. He is professional, a very good listener and will counsel you in what are the best steps you need to take going through a marriage dissolution. He will always get back to you and keep you informed as to what to expect next. He is very personable man, very knowledgeable and interested in doing the best job he can for you. He kept me positive and was able to work an outcome for me that was very fair. I appreciate all the hard work he did in my behalf to make my Divorce as painless as possible. I rate him a very Honest and Excellent lawyer.
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Posted by J | June 8, 2015
Single Father Of Two
He is a great lawyer and I feel he became a friend! This man helped me in my time of need when I didn't know where to turn! He does wonderful work for single fathers!!! After everything we have been through together I still can't thank him enough! From the bottom of my heart, Thank You So Much Zachary!!! There were two people who kept me strong and helped me be the father that I am today, and you were one of them!! You are the best!!! And if anyone is wondering, he is worth every cent!!! Listen to him, he works with you for you!! You are in great hands with Zak in your corner!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2018
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I hired Zach as my divorce attorney
I read all the positive reviews and I hired Zack for a very difficult divorce. My ex-husband owned his own company. I provided Zach with bank statements showing several questionable cash withdrawals. I was under the impression that Zach addressed this but I was wrong. I received minimal child support payments. I would not recommend Zach.
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Response from Zachary Kretchmer October 29, 2018
I am sorry you had a bad experience with our firm. I strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Partner
  • Niemi, Jerabek & Kretchmer, Pa
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Niemi, Barr & Jerabek, PA
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Fogel Law Offices, PA
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • M. Sue Wilson Law Offices, PA
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Ramsey County Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Saint Thomas (St Paul, MN)
  • Master of Business Communication
  • 2001
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Minnesota chapter)
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Minnesota Family Law Bush League
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Award - Legal Practicum
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • 2002

Publications

  • Family Law Quarterly
  • Working with Difficult/Deceptive Opposing Counsel
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute
  • Handling Your First Divorce
  • 2015
  • Family Law Institute
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2015
  • Family Law Institute
  • Handling Your First Divorce
  • 2014
  • Family Law Institute
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2014
  • Family Law Institute
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2013
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Child Support Modification Best Practices
  • 2013
  • Family Law Institute
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2012
  • Family Law Institute
  • Annual Case Law Update
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Mr. Kretchmer on a high conflict divorce. Mr. Kretchmer was a skilled and zealous advocate for his client. I endorse this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked on a post-decree custody modification case with Zak. He was a strong and effective advocate for his client while always being professional and courteous."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."

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Minneapolis Divorce and separation Lawyer Zachary Adam Kretchmer
Zachary Adam Kretchmer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 20 years