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Derk Karl Schwieger

Estate planning Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

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  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 23 years
    Iowa - IA 24 years
    Missouri - MO 25 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2001
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Derk

Learn Derk’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills; Trusts; Health Care Directives; Power of Attorney; Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust.

    17 years

  2. Probate
    Informal and Formal Probate; Small Estates; Decree of Descent.

    12 years

  3. Agriculture
    Certified Farm Succession Coordinator through the International Farm Transition Network.

  4. Business
    Business Succession Planning for tax and litigation avoidance.

I hope you review my case successes, credentials and accomplishments detailed on this website. I counsel my clients on every option available by conducting a thorough investigation of their individual situation and the law.


Lawyers are not allowed to guarantee success, but I can guarantee that I give clients every possible advantage in their legal situations. I ensure that each client is charged only for legal work that is performed by utilizing refundable fees.


I have been honored in my law practice by receiving awards for my litigation efforts, being re-elected as prosecutor before choosing to leave government office to start my own practice to help individuals, and receiving appointments to leadership positions with legal and political organizations.


My greatest successes have come through satisfied clients and referrals from fellow attorneys. After reading the information on my web site please contact me for assistance on your legal matters.


Schwieger Law Firm, PLLC
7760 France Avenue South
Suite 1100
Minneapolis, MN, 55435

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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Schwieger Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • County Attorney
  • Humboldt County, Iowa
  • 1999 - 2002


  • Western New England College School of Law
  • LL.M. - Master of Laws in Elder Law and Estate Planning
  • 2022
  • Boston University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws in Taxation
  • 2016
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Drake University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • USA v. Sagataw
  • Hung jury, led to plea offer for reduced charges and reduced sentence.
  • State of Iowa v. Anderson & Frayne
  • Not guilty verdict for criminal defense client.
  • McBounds v. McBounds
  • Husband awarded full physical child custody, majority of assets, and attorney's fees.
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  • Elder Counsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
  • Father's Pilot Project Panel Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral Oversight Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • State of Minnesota
  • Mediator, Family and Civil Cases
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Defender's Office of Minnesota
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Certified Farm Transition Coordinator
  • International Farm Transition Network
  • 2017
  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in Family Law
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Who's Who in Criminal Defense
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Gold Seal Award
  • Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning with a Heart
  • Estate Planning: Health Care Directives; Power of Attorney; Wills; Trusts; Estate Tax Avoidance.
  • 2017
  • Get Your Ducks in a Row
  • Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Criminal and Family Law Basics
  • Criminal Law & Family Law
  • 2009
  • Starting Your Own Practice
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2008
  • Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm: Whether You're Planning To or Not
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2007
  • Starting Your Own Practice: Tips and Traps
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2007
  • Starting Your Own Law Practice: Tips and Traps
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2006
  • Starting Your Own Law Practice
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Derk
Tax Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Friend
"Derk is a fantastic lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derk is highly skilled as an attorney. He has recently completed his master's program in tax law which will add to the expertise he can bring to bear for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derk. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I met Mr. Schwieger when we were opposing counsel in a contested hearing in Washington County in 2007. I was very impressed with how well prepared he was for the hearing. He had obviously spent a great deal of time with his client and witnesses. He had an excellent grasp of the facts of his case. He made compelling and persuasive arguments on behalf of his client. At the time, Mr. Schwieger was new to the area. I was so impressed with his abilities that I decided to learn more about him. I discovered that he had been a district attorney (prosecutor) in Iowa and a public defender in Minnesota. I realized that despite his youthful appearance, he had a great deal of courtroom experience. And that experience certainly showed that day in court!"
Minneapolis Estate planning Lawyer Derk Karl Schwieger
Derk Karl Schwieger
Estate planning Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 25 years