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Experienced. Compassionate. Collaborative.
These three words define who I am and what I offer to my clients. I have been practicing law in the Twin Cities area since 1986, helping families and their children find positive solutions to their problems.
I started my career as an associate attorney with Strusinski & Associates, P.A. in St. Paul. I handled the firm's family law practice, gaining extensive experience handling divorce cases. After several years, litigating these cases began to leave me and my clients feeling dissatisfied and disillusioned with the adversarial court system as a means for resolving the complicated, unique and often emotional issues presented in divorce cases. Fortunately, Minneapolis attorney Stu Webb, conceived of the Collaborative Law Process, whereby attorneys, along with trained financial and mental health professionals, assist parties positively restructure their families, while supporting the emotional landscape of their divorce. Conflict is reduced and you avoid the economic and emotional strain of litigation.
I became increasingly interested in Collaborative Law, and left Strusinski & Associates, P.A. to train in and focus on this process. In 1991, I founded my own firm devoted to helping clients through the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area resolve their family and marital disputes through more peaceful methods. I have spent the last 26 years developing my Collaborative Law Practice, earning a reputation for excellence among clients and colleagues alike. Collaborative Law is now practiced in 24 countries and has been a groundbreaking method of alternative dispute resolution.
|MN||Authorized to practice||1986||10/08/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|25 Years Serving Tubman||Tubman||2016|
|Twin Cities Finest||Best of Minneapolis||2012|
|Attorney and Owner||Leslie L. Kimes, Attorney at Law||1991 - Present|
|Associate||Strusinski & Associates, P.A.||1986 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Divorce Professionals||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|The Doherty Relationship Institute||Member||2014 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2004 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota||Member and 2 Term Board Member||1992 - Present|
|Tubman/Chrysalis||Volunteer Attorney||1987 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Hennepin County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota||Board Member||2013 - 2016|
|Hamline University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Hamline University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|Collaborative Practice: A Better Approach To Conflict Resolution||Collaborative Practice: A Better Approach To Conflict Resolution||2017|
|Divorce Options Workshop||Divorce Options Workshop Collaborative Practice: A Better Approach To Conflict Resolution||2016|
|Basic Collaborative Law Training||Basic Collaborative Law Training||2016|
|Basic Collaborative Law Training||Basic Collaborative Law Training||2006|
|Basic Collaborative Law Training||Basic Collaborative Law Training||2005|
|Basic Collaborative Law Training||Basic Collaborative Law Training||2004|
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