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When I was 12 years old, I used to hold mock trials in my parents' basement.


It’s really weird, I know. My friends and I would literally spend hours arguing about made-up fact patterns. Usually, we couldn’t find enough kids to play along, so it would just be two lawyers and a judge – a little like family court today. My brother (who went to college at Caltech – one of the nation’s best science schools) used to tell me that I was the nerd.


People say that I don’t seem like the typical lawyer. That’s a compliment, I guess. The truth is that I am as comfortable in a coffee shop or cooking class as I am in a courtroom. I like to read – a lot. Don’t tell anyone, but I like romance novels. Yeah. Yeah. I know . . .


Exercise and physical fitness are also important to me. This past winter, my wife and I both finished Tony Horton’s new P90X3 extreme fitness program. Never in my life have I been so sore for so long.


Professionally, I have served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for children at risk for abuse or neglect in Hennepin County. I have been an Adjunct Professor at the Minnesota School of Business and was a member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.


In 2008, I argued (and won) the case of Beardsley v. Garcia before the Minnesota Supreme Court. In 2010, I was featured on the front page of Minnesota Lawyer and articles were written about me in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wisconsin Law Journal, and elsewhere.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 70%
  2. Divorce: 30%



Hourly ($250-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Gadtke Law Firm, P.A.

11210 86th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN, 55439


MNAuthorized to practice200307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Client Distinction AwardLawyers.com2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGadtke & Beyer, LLC2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMinnesota School of Business2008 - 2010
AttorneySoucie & Bolt2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMembership CommitteeN/A
Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beardsley v. GarciaAffirmed Court of Appeals decision
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Publication nameTitleDate
HearsayProtecting the Children: The Role of Court Appointed Guardians ad Litem in Juvenile and Family Court Proceedings2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Drake UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000