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Jacob Thomas Erickson

also known as Jake Erickson

About me

As a member of the Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell and Erickson team, I work with highly skilled attorneys, including a certified real property specialist and a certified labor and employment specialists, to provide comprehensive care to the needs of my clients.


I am a seasoned trial lawyer with over a decade of courtroom experience.  I welcome complex family law matters including, but not limited to, divorce, child custody, child protection and child support. 


As a former prosecutor I offer my criminal defense clients aggressive, and highly competent, protection of their constitutional and statutory rights. 


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    12 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    12 years
  3. General Practice: 3%
  4. Appeals: 2%
    11 years



Hourly ($280/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin Josef Colburn

    Jake will explore every possible way to advocate for his clients. He seems to have limitless energy and willingness to go above and beyond to obtain the best result for his clients. He does not shy away from difficult cases. Jake is a sharp tactician with a fine understanding of the law and the legal system.


    Benjamin Colburn Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Julie Lynn Fisk

    Mr. Erickson is an experienced, well-respected attorney practicing in the criminal defense and family law practice areas throughout Minnesota. He vigorously represents his clients and has both the expertise and the skill to get them the best possible result.


    Julie Fisk Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell, and Erickson, P.L.C.

201 West 7th Street
Monticello, MN, 55632


MNAuthorized to practice200307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
"10 Best" 2 Years Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
"10 Best" 2 Years Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
"10 Best" Attorneys for the State of MinnesotaAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
"10 Best" Attorneys for the State of MinnesotaAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Lawyers2014
Top 40 under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith, Paulson, O'Donnell and Erickson, P.L.C.2015 - Present
PartnerSmith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, P.L.C.2013 - 2014
AssociateSmith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, P.L.C.2012 - 2013
AssociateVermeulen Law Office, PA2005 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
John E. Simonett Inn of CourtMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Minnesota v. J.A.T.Case dismissed by State prior to trial
State of Minnesota v. D.W.J.Dissmissed by State prior to trial, but after OPS
Kalenburg v. KleinOur clients preserved thier summary judgment award.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000