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Personal Interests:

  • Animals

  • Kick-boxing

  • Quigong

  • Traveling to Iceland, Guatemala, Ecuador, China, India, and South Africa


Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
    36 years
  2. Animal Law: 30%
  3. Entertainment: 10%



Hourly ($240-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Carol M Grant

    I have known Barbara Gislason professionally since approximately 1980. I discuss legal issues with her from time to time for our mutual professional development. I see her in court zealously defending clients. She is a very experienced and dedicated lawyer. She cares about her clients and knows the law to advance their points of view. She is in a leadership position in the American Bar Association as well, which is an unusual honor. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Gislason to a client. - Carol Grant, Kurzman Grant Law Office. Minneapolis, MN


    Carol Grant Family Attorney
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  • Carla C Kjellberg

    I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is smart, knows the law and does her homework.


    Carla Kjellberg Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Barbara J. Gislason

7362 University Avenue NE
Suite 120
Fridley, MN, 55432


MNAuthorized to practice198006/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics MagazineN/A
Leading American AttorneyLaw & Politics MagazineN/A
American Bar Foundation FellowAmerican Bar FoundationN/A
Two ABA-TIPS Innovation AwardsAmerican Bar AssociationN/A
Two MSBA Exceptional Leadership/Outstanding Achievement AwardsMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Arbitrator/Referee PanelHennepin County District Court1987 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Barbara J. Gislason1985 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMinneapolis College of Art and Design1985 - 1990
Adjunct ProfessorHamline University School of Law1983 - 2004
AssociateBabcock, Locher, Neilson & Mannella1980 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA-TIPS Guide to Litigating Animal Law DisputesAnimal Law: A Significant Journey2008
TortSourceVeterinary Malpractice: Leading the Evolution of Animal Law2005
The Tort Trial & Insurance Law JournalRecent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2005
The BriefThe Animal Law Committee: A New Commitment for TIPS and the ABA2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Carleton CollegeLawBA1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
First International Animal Law Conference in CanadaThe Animal Within the Sphere of Humans’ Needs2009
MSBA Family Law InstitutePets in Family Law Cases2008
ABA-TIPS National Trends, Emerging Issues and Cutting Edge Medical Disability DeterminationsProtecting the Good Samaritan (Who Would Save Dorothy and Her Little Dog, Too)2008
Hamline UniversityHot Topics in Animal Law2007
Future of Animal Law Conference at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) ConferenceMaking It in the ABA: A Personal and Institutional Journey2007
American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) 14th Annual ConferenceConquering Legal Quicksand2007
American Bar Association Annual MeetingAnimal Enterprise Terrorism Act: Designing a Poison Pill for a Social Movement2007
Lewis & Clark Animal Law ConferenceAnimals in Crisis2006
Humane Society of the United States National Conference on Animals in DisasterDisaster Relief Efforts of ABA-TIPS and its Animal Law Committee2006
University of Minnesota Department of Animal ScienceAnimal Law and Guardianship2005
Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law InstitutePet Custody: Do Best Interests Standards Apply2005
Minnesota State Bar Association Annual MeetingNational and International Trends in Animal Law2004
Minnesota State Bar Association Animal Law Committee MeetingAnimal Law: An Overview2004