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Stephanie J. Hill

Divorce and separation Attorney at Edina, MN

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Stephanie Jean Sternke

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I am Stephanie J. Hill, the founding member and managing partner of Hill Crabb Law firm. I grew up in small-town Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After graduating high school, I went on to obtain my bachelor's degree in American Law and Legal Systems from Hamline University in Saint Paul, and then my law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Prior to attending law school, I was introduced to the court system as a party in a family law matter. After nearly two years of litigation, five days of trial and more than $50,000 in legal expenses, I prevailed. I became an attorney to help others who face divorce and related family law issues.

No one understands the stakes better than someone who has stood in your shoes and knows firsthand what you stand to lose. I will approach your case with a fierce advocacy and understanding compassion. In my personal and professional experience in the family law system I have learned that what clients want is a strong advocate who is a responsive and empathetic listener. For that reason I make myself available to clients beyond normal business hours to ensure their concerns are promptly addressed and their needs met.

Licensed for 14 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2008
Updated 04/24/2023

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

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Hill Crabb Law Firm
7300 Metro Blvd, suite 585
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2022
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Exactly what we were looking for in a lawyer
Stephanie thank you so much for everything you did for my family! We had a complicated case with a very difficult person. Stephanie answered every call, directed me on how to handle situations. My children's safety was on the line and you could tell she cared about my family. When it came to the trial she was very prepared, incredible attention to detail. Without Stephanie walking us through this process I don't know where we would be right now. I would recommend her to everyone that goes through the system. Thank you again for everything!
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Posted by Brian | September 18, 2022
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Great attorney
Can't say enough about Mrs. Hill. I retained her for a custody hearing 2 weeks before the hearing and she was fantastic. I have had couple of attorney’s, but not one as professional, caring and sharp as Stephanie. Do yourself a favor and call her first, she will not let you down.
Posted by Amy | December 20, 2021
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Professional and reliable
Stephanie is an exceptional listener - from the initial phone consultation for initiating a divorce - to addressing many concerns through the difficult process. She is responsive, extremely professional and was a calming force through issues I was unable to navigate without her guidance. As a client it was apparent from the beginning I was in knowledgeable, experienced hands. I am grateful for her sensitivity coupled with a strong desire and ability to achieve the best outcome possible for me. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone needing an expert lawyer who is a great listener.
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Posted by Kendra | March 21, 2021
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A True Blessing !
When I hired Stephanie as my lawyer, she surpassed My expectations! She handled my case with compassion, care, and diligence! She found common ground with me, & made me feel comfortable to trust her with proceeding with my divorce case. She is very knowledgeable, and won’t back down to fight for you. She made this process stress free and was there for me when I needed her. She was my advocate & we were able to get everything I asked for & MORE, she is a true blessing and thank god for her being my lawyer! My life has taken a complete 180 & I couldn’t be happier! Thank you Stephanie !
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Posted by Maria | March 7, 2021
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Military wife
Hired Stephanie Hill to give me the best outcome from my military spouse who was adamant about not giving up any part of his pension. Separating other assets in our marriage was equally difficult whereby, I wanted to settle for less just to end two stressful mediations. She was confident and convincing that I would get what is fairly mine, and she was right. Our case was fairly divided and settled without any confrontations. Thank you Ms. Hill.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2021
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I recently was heading in the direction of a divorce when I was referred to Stephanie Hill thru a neighbor. I reached out to her and heard back immediately. She was extremely helpful and accessible thru phone calls and text messages the entire time. I greatly appreciated being able to reach out and text any and all of my questions and uncertainties day and night during such a difficult time. She always responded in a timely manner. She was always very professional but also caring and encouraging on the tough days. Considering the circumstances and being such an emotional time my experience with Hill Crabb was excellent. They not only helped walk me thru the beginning stages of divorce and court ordered issues they also help me negotiate and reconcile with my husband.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2021
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Great to work with!
Although it wasn’t fun needing a lawyer, Stephanie was the best I could have asked for. She is easy to work with, very kind, and compassionate. She is also very tough and does what it takes to get the job done. Can’t thank her enough.
Posted by Craig | December 31, 2019
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A trusted advisor
In this day and age, it is hard to find people that have a great moral compass, good values, and high ethical standards. Stephanie embodies those as an attorney. She has an amazing knowledge and understanding of the law as well as a dominating presence in a court room. She made complex issues easy to to understand and has a great sense for strategy with difficult matters. Legal issues can be very emotionally draining, emotionally difficult, and emotionally taxing. Stephanie's direction made navigating the journey so much easier. There are lots of attorneys out there but few great ones. Stephanie is one of those great attorney's. You will be happy to have her on your side.
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Posted by Robert | April 27, 2019
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Great lawyer
Where to start, Stephanie was wonderful to have on my side during the divorce. Our first phone call was over an hour long where she took time to get to know me and what I wanted out of the process. Not once during this call did she lose interest. She would always let me know if something I wanted was feasible or not. After she was retained she was very clear and concise on what she needed from me to move forward. She was very punctual when we set up phone calls to discuss issues, not once did she not answer when we had a scheduled time. She returned phone calls on the same day that I left them. Several times she went above and beyond what I would have expected from a lawyer. She would call to check in after opposing counsel would send over a less than favorable proposal. Make sure you actually listen to her when she tells you something because she is right. Several times I did not listen to her and it just made her job harder so when she says to do or not do something listen to her. As for price she was fair and reasonable with her hourly rate and honestly I would have paid her a lot more if she would have let me. Overall she made the process as painless as a divorce can be. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Hands down one of the best lawyers in MN.
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Posted by Zachary | August 22, 2017
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Oh, geez... Where to start?
I guess starting at the beginning makes sense... Before I contacted Stephanie I was completely lost, hopeless, and very confused about my future, having been blindsided with a divorce service while serving on Active Duty with the USAF half-way across the country from my now, thanks to Stephanie, ex-wife. Plainly put, I had no idea what to do as my spouse was asking for the world, and I didn't want to go through a "messy divorce", so giving in to her demands just seemed like the easier route to go. Thankfully, I listened to my family and started searching the Twin Cities area for an experience attorney who understood the challenges of dealing with these life changes while serving in the military, and the special issues that come up like the G.I. Bill, TriCare, etc. I used my Google and found Steph right away, swallowed my pride, and gave her a call. She answered the phone herself and talked with me for almost two hours just at the drop of a hat because I needed the help. It’s probably the best two hours I've ever spent, as I felt such an immense sense of relief that my future would be alright and we'd get through this together, in one piece, and that my spouse wouldn't get even close to what she was asking in her divorce petition. My ex was betting on me not hiring a lawyer. I hired Steph the same day and she got right to work on my case, absolutely without hesitation. Right away, I could tell Steph was smart, kind, and very understanding of my predicament, not to mention extremely knowledgeable about divorce law. I was stationed in Maryland while my spouse and kids were living in Minnesota, so not only could I not deal with this in person, we had to deal with the time difference and my night-time work schedule. Steph handled these issues as the ultimate professional. She gave me so much time and patience in getting all of my paperwork done, getting back to her, and figuring out all of my positions I wanted her to articulate in our response to my spouse's original petition. I can’t say enough about Steph and her staff’s communication, they were ultra-responsive to my many calls, emails, texts, etc. and were available 24/7, it was awesome… as awesome as going through a divorce can be anyway. She was a rockstar in our one mediation session, and finally got my ex to see the light that she wasn't going to get the world like she was asking. She plays hardball and plays to win, it's fun to watch, but she's very compassionate and nice about it, Minnesota nice, don'tcha know? Hiring Stephanie to help me with this most difficult of life issues is one of the smartest things I’ve ever done; words can’t describe how much better I felt after our first talk on the phone. She saved me from making a huge mistake in just going along with what my ex-spouse wanted, and talked me through all of our available options along the way with a ridiculous amount of expertise. I wanted to go to law school before I met Steph, but now I’m dead-set on it just to get as smart as her. If you’re in the military, or not, and going through a divorce in Minnesota I can’t recommend Stephanie highly enough, she’s simply the best and will change your life. And she’s really funny. Thanks, Steph! I'm sure we'll talk soon.
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Posted by David | August 11, 2017
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Military and veteran friendly
I consulted with Stephanie after doing a search for military lawyers. Stephanie is very up front and honest about all of the cost, and procedures. I am a 20 year veteran of the Navy, she treated me with that level of respect. Whenever I had questions all I had to do was contact her and the answers were on the way. All of my dealings with her were over the phone and email due to me living in another state. The whole court process was painless and easy, like it should be. I give her my highest recommendation to any person seeking representation.
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Posted by Jesse | April 10, 2017
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Efficient and Effective...Stephanie is a rock star!
I was referred to Stephanie by a friend and she came highly recommended. From the initial consultation about my case through my divorce being finalized, she lived up to the praise. She brings energy, knowledge, experience and common sense approach to law that made the process more understandable and smooth. Our case presented some challenges and at times became stalled. Stephanie did an excellent job advancing the process and moving us toward settlement. I would highly recommend Stephanie to anyone who needs a divorce or family lawyer.
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Posted by Brian | December 14, 2016
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Smart, responsive, supportive, and professional.
Stephanie was an amazing find when it came to picking a divorce lawyer. From her consolation to the final signature she made sure she understood my objective and worked hard to get me there. As a dad struggling to get more time with my son Stephanie was extremely helpful in explaining my options and how to move forward at each step. I would whole heartedly suggest you meet with Stephanie if you are in need of a divorce lawyer.
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Posted by Michelle | February 19, 2016
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An Attorney with a Heart
Stephanie is dedicated to helping her clients in tough and unfortunate circumstances. She maintains a professional relationship while still making herself available when you need help. Stephanie understands the importance in keeping her clients at ease through the process. I feel there were times during my divorce that she went above the expected duties of an attorney to help me achieve the results I wanted. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family if they ever find themselves in need of legal services.
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Posted by Ann Marie | June 28, 2015
Ann Marie's recommendation for Stephanie Sternke
During scary and difficult times for our family relating to custody and parenting time that our son was experiencing with his daughter, our family began a partnership with Stephanie. Stephanie provided understanding, reviewed the process and provided solid direction. It was very clear that her knowledge was strong and our comfort became immediate. She was our strength. Our situation had many turns and at times there were difficult conversations, our trust continued with Stephanie. She was professional, skillful and took immediate action. Her communication with all involved was strong and confident. She was available when we needed her, always a text or phone call away, even on weekends. Our family is fortunate to have this trusted relationship with Stephanie. Without hesitation, I recommend Stephanie to others
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Posted by Gary | November 25, 2014
Stephanie took the time to listen to all of my concerns and thoroughly answered questions that I had. She was genuinely concerned for my well being during the difficult time of my divorce, even offering connections to support groups. She returned my phone calls promptly and filed necessary paperwork in a timely manner. She is familiary with the judges, referees, and arbitrators in the area. She helped reach a reasonalbe agreement for child support that I would receive to care for my daughter. I appreciate the work she did and would have no trouble recommending her.
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Posted by Ronnie | November 13, 2014
Amazing Lawyer!!
Stephanie was very eager and happy to assist me in my case. She was 100% on my side but also told me exactly what I needed to hear. She was very motivated and helpful. Walking me through the process the whole way. She communicated with me on several occassions to keep me informed either via in person or phone or email. She is a true professional and one that I would recommend to anyone seeking custody rights for their child. She will fight for you.
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Posted by Andrew | June 5, 2013
Attorney Stephanie Jean Sternke is a proficient, humane, and impeccable family lawyer.
Attorney Stephanie Jean Sternke is a caring, devote, and impeccable Lawyer. One of great knowledge and understanding of the law. With an exceptional professional tendency, Attorney Sternke meticulously helped me to be aware of the parameters of family law approximately 12 months ago, when she served as my legal council in my divorce/seperation case. Her acumen in family law demonstrated formidable skills during the case in review to the extent that my wife and her attorney had to withdraw the case from the court system. Attorney Sternke understands the nuances of family law in greater depth and how it relates to, and/or interprets the fundamental factors of human relations. She has a keen sense of responsibility, and exhibited great empathy for me. When the case newly started, at which time I was deeply frustraded, Attorney Sternke will polite say to me "Andrew, you can vent on me all you want, I am your attorney and I am here to listen but do not vent on your wife, for that will not legally help our case." Stephanie is a very good listener, and a proficient communicator in all ramifications. She is very friendly and funny, sometimes she makes me to forget the pain of going through divorce, while at the same time she will skillfully make me to see the big picture of what lies ahead. When my wife's attorney communicated their withdrawal to Stephanie, she immediately called me and told me the good news. However, she did not take things for granted. Stephanie focused on the legal implications, and instantly advised me that we must legally update the divorce papers to reflect the new position of my wfie and her attorney in the divorce case, and that was done before 12 mid-night against the next business day. Attorney Sternke is a genuine people person, a critical thinker, and one that consistently kept me informed of all issues old as well as new when she was my attorney in my divorce case. She respects people, and she deserves to be greatly respected. There will never be an iota of hesitation on my part, to recommend Attorney Stephanie Jean Sternke to anyone that needs a real good lawyer. My experience with Stephanie makes me feel good whenever I think of a good lawyer who is also a good person.
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Posted by Todd A Crandall | April 9, 2013
Stephanie was wonderful to work with throughout my entire divorce proceedings. She fully understood my personal circumstances and kept in constant communication with me throughout this trying process. I highly recommend Stephanie’s legal services and would not hesitate to consult her services again should I find myself needing expert legal advice.
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Posted by Eric | April 9, 2013
Difficult divorce made simple
Stephanie made the process very simple for my ex-wife and I. She helped me understand how to make the best decision about home, finance, and property. She emailed copies of the documents well in advance to let me review and confirm their accuracy. She was available day and night, week and weekend for questions. If she wasn't able to take my call, she responded promptly to any voicemail. I would recommend her services or use her again if needed in the future.
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Work Experience

  • Founding Principle
  • SJS Family Law
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Kaess Law LLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Attorney
  • The Law Office of Stephane J. Sternke
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Voigt, Klegon & Rode, LLC
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Bock & Battina, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • White Earth Tribal Court
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Hamline University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006


  • Hennepin County Self Help Center
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Mentorship Program at the University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Mentor
  • 2017 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Ramsey County Social Early Neutral Evaluation Roster
  • Provider
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Judge - American Bar Association Law Student Competition
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota 4th Judicial District Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Founding Member - Dudley Ryan Chapter (UST)
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Minnesota Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 Minnesota Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Parenting Consultant Training Certificate
  • Mediation Center
  • 2017
  • 2016 Minnesota Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Certificate - Civil Mediation and Family Mediation
  • Hamline Dispute Resolution Institute
  • 2009
  • Presidential Fellow
  • Hamline University
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Stephanie on a recent divorce. Her client was struggling with the concept of being divorced and letting go of the relationship, which made it difficult for him to work through the financial aspects of the divorce. Stephanie worked with him well, ensuring that he properly understood everything we were agreeing to, while be understanding of his reluctance to participate. She did great advocating for her client even when he wasn't ready to participate himself."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephanie is a sharp attorney that is fiercely committed to obtaining the best possible results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephanie is a good advocate for her client, yet remains committed to productive and reasonable settlement discussions."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer, she is one of the most hardworking, diligent and detail orientated lawyers in the State of Minnesota. I have worked with her for quite some time and I find her immensely qualified."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephanie is bright and enthusiastic family law advocate. She is extremely adept at collaboration and low conflict dissolutions. I strongly endorse this lawyer."