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Micaela A. Wattenbarger

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bloomington, MN

5.0   6 reviews
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  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2014
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Micaela

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Ms. Wattenbarger has extensive experience representing clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, parenting time, orders for protection, and child protection matters involving abuse and neglect. Ms. Wattenbarger’s practice includes uncontested divorce cases as well as complex interstate and international family law litigation involving Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America, and Australia. Many of these cases have also involved complex custody matters, including interstate and international relocations, Hague Convention issues, domestic abuse, as well as property divisions in high-income divorces with complicated valuation issues. Ms. Wattenbarger has also presented on jurisdictional and noncompliance issues in international and interstate custody matters.

Ms. Wattenbarger aims to help her clients reach fair and equitable agreements while keeping legal expenses at a minimum. If an agreement cannot be achieved, Ms. Wattenbarger ensures that her clients are passionately and expertly advocated for in the courtroom.

When she is not working, Ms. Wattenbarger enjoys volunteering at the Tubman Law Clinic and the Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Law Clinic, running, finding new restaurants and coffee shops with her husband, Adam, and hiking with her dogs, Mork and Minnie.


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Arnold, Rodman & O’Keefe, PA
2626 E 82nd St Ste 355
Bloomington, MN, 55425-1316


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ken | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prepared and Compassionate
Due to family issues I have unfortunately needed to contact and work with different attorneys over the years. I reached out to Micaela for a child custody matter. A minor child, who was a relative, was being abused and I needed legal advice and potentially an attorney. I am very happy I reached out to Micaela. In my first face to face meeting with Micaela I could tell something was different. She didn't just listen for key words or phrases. Micaela asked questions that demonstrated she was genuinely concerned. After the initial consultation I knew I wanted to hire her. During the family court process, Micaela was honest about what to expect and what actions were needed. Many times I would express frustrations with government officials, and sometimes the system. Micaela was always able to help me put thing into perspective. Working with Micaela I felt like I had a genuine advocate. She wasn't just an attorney I hired to help get a family member out of danger, she felt like a genuine partner. She always kept me informed about each step along the way. Micaela and her team were also very prepared when anything needed to be filed. Before any court appearances or filings, Micaela explained what motion was going to be filed and why. When I would ask questions about the judge, or the proceedings, or any other legal matter, Micaela was ready with an answer, or she would always get back to me in a timely manner. I appreciated her humility and honesty. The qualities I appreciated most about Micaela were - 1 - her honesty - she was upfront about expectations 2 - her humility - she was not afraid to acknowledge her own limitations 3 - her preparation - she always had a plan B (and sometimes C) and she always explained my options. Knowing she was prepared gave me confidence in court. 4 - communication - her office was quick to respond and open 5 - genuine - I felt like she genuinely cared about my case. 6 - tenacity - I felt good knowing I have a "bulldog" on my side. I felt comfortable hearing Micaela be my (and the minor child's) advocate. I felt as if she was fighting hard for the child's safety. I would hire Micaela again in a heartbeat. Hopefully I won't be in need of her services ever again. If I am ever in need of an attorney for child custody, Micaela will just be the first person I contact, she will be the only person I contact. I'm very thankful that Micaela was available when I needed her services.
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Posted by Rebecca | July 1, 2020
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Micaela did a great job helping me through my divorce. She made sure to keep communication open was helpful in working with the other attorney. I always felt that she has my and my children's best interests in mind. Micaela was a great asset in getting negotiations done efficiently and in a timely manner. I would definitely refer other to Micaela and her firm.
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Posted by Kristie | June 23, 2020
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Micaela was very understanding of what my needs were from the beginning. She took the time to explain in detail step-by-step the process and what the expectations were. She was very professional and courteous during a very difficult time. I would definitely recommend her and her team! Thank you.
Posted by Kendra | August 20, 2018
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Knowledgeable and goes the extra mile
My experience with Mrs. Wattenburger was superb in many ways. She is confident and thoughtful in her communication and it's odvious she has her client at the center of her work. I have a 3 and 1/2 year history of working with her firm and truly can't say enough good things about how well they accommodated my needs through my high conflict divorce. Mrs. Wattenburger was exceptionally helpful to me through both financial and custody pieces of my case. I highly recommend her and Mrs. Arnold, who she was an assistant attorney to at the beginning of my process. My time with the firm and the results of my case have resulted in a graditude beyond words. I highly suggest considering Mrs. Wattenbarger as your attorney for your family.
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Posted by Louisa | May 6, 2018
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Very professional divorce lawyer
Micaela represented me in my divorce proceedings. She was very knowledgeable, and handled the case with great professionalism. She was always available for any questions, and responded promptly, even outside of normal business hours in urgent matters. I'd highly recommend her.
Posted by Maureen | May 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Compassionate providing excellent Counsel!
I worked with Micaela regarding my divorce. She was professional, compassionate and focus on the best possible outcome for me when I initiated divorce proceedings with my former husband. Micaela was knowledgeable about the divorce process, what to anticipate based on the situation and any new details from the opposing counsel. She more than held her own with the opposing counsel, who frankly was condescending and unprofessional. Micaela handled the negotiations with strength, grace and very professional, direct feedback. She provided excellent information about what possibly could happen if the matter was taken to court vs. settling. Micaela provided straightforward feedback with pros and cons. Ultimately, the settlement and final divorce degree was smooth and pretty quick once settlement was agreed upon. Side note, there were no children with the marriage. I walked away from the marriage divorced with no additional financial or personal strings attached upon divorce decree! Many thanks to you, Micaela for your excellent counsel, support and guidance! I will definitely recommend, Micaela to friends and family.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer, PA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bridge Fellow
  • Judge Susan Richard Nelson
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Deckert & Van Loh, P.A.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Clinic
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Extern
  • Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan
  • 2012 - 2012
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  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Cedarville University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • 2022 Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • 2021 Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute
  • International Family Law: How to Approach 5 Common Issues
  • 2023
  • Family Law Series: Child Custody Deskbook
  • Interstate and International Jurisdiction
  • 2022
  • 100+ Sure-Fire Strategies and Tips for the Family Lawyer
  • 10 Issues You Need to Consider When You Encounter the UCCJEA
  • 2021
  • 2020 Advanced Family Law Series
  • Top Tips for Interstate and International Cases: COVID Edition
  • 2020
  • Divorce A to Z webcast
  • International and Interstate Custody - Jurisdiction and Noncompliance
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Micaela
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Micaela for various reasons, most importantly because of her professional demeanor and ability to empathize with clients in challenging family law cases."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am Micaela's co-worker and fellow associate attorney at Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC. Micaela joined our firm in early 2015, and over the course of the past year, I have observed her to be a compassionate and detail-oriented attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. I have also found Micaela to be approachable and professional, both in her interactions with clients and with other family law professionals. Call Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC today at 952.955.8008."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. Wattenbarger is experienced in child custody and parenting time matters as well as dissolution of marriage proceedings involving complex financial matters. Ms. Wattenbarger is a strong advocate for her clients, a creative thinker in settlement negotiations, and equally skilled in written and oral advocacy."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Family member
"Micaela is an intelligent, compassionate, and highly-skilled attorney. She has my strongest endorsement."