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Jacob Thomas Erickson

Family Attorney at Monticello, MN

4.9   12 reviews

also known as Jake Erickson


Licensed for 19 years

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About Jacob

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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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Licensed for 19 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2003
Updated 10/29/2022

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

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

Reviews

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Posted by Brad | May 10, 2012
I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Erickson.
Mr. Erickson been professional and courteous, and has handled my case vigorously and skillfully. I would not hesitate to recommend him as one of the best attorneys around. I have not had a lot of experience with attorneys, as I have never been in real trouble before, but my background in Criminal Justice has left me with some knowledge of the legal system, and I can honestly say that his representation and knowledge has been extraordinary. I had two attorneys prior to him handle my case, and Mr. Erickson's skills were far superior to either of them.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2013
Makes you feel protected!
Upon meeting Jacob Erickson I immediately felt comfortable during very uneasy time in my life. I can honestly say Jacob truly cares about his clients and thier story! He asks great questions and listens, he is knowledgable about different child custody laws and I can now breath easier knowing this stressful time of my life is almost over! I feel protected!
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Posted by Rachel | April 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Erickson was Superb- Truly Superior to all others in the MN family law industry
My experience with Jacob Erickson was excellent. This is a person who knows his craft and will walk the extra mile for you. He gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. He was a calming and confident presence during a very nerve-racking process.  He was completely understanding, and professional and worked very diligently to the end and I’m so grateful!
 Although my case involved fighting to maintain my current level of child support I receive, and I don’t make much money myself, I never once was treated as anything other than a valuable client by Mr. Erickson and the entire SPOE staff. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received. 
I will only recommend SPOE and Jacob Erickson for anyone looking for legal counsel and representation as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better in this industry. I am proud to be a client of Jacob Erickson and will continue to retain SPOE for all legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Being out of state client , and having a very complex case, I decided to hire Jacob Erickson. He is everything and more that one would want in a lawyer : Knowledgeable, Professional, Good listener , Kind and Personable. Always ready to respond . I never felt judged and felt comfortable sharing with him the details of my case . He has my best interest . I would highly recommend Mr. Erickson to my family , friends , and anyone I wish the best for. He is also surrounded with wonderful team . I can’t be thankful enough to have them by my side .
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Posted by Whitney | January 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional “Go getter” Family Law Attorney!
Jacob Erickson was a very professional, prompt, respectful attorney. He was always there to ensure I was getting all of my questions, and concerns addressed/answered throughout my divorce process. He has a “get er done” attitude and great advocacy for his clients! HIGHLY recommend him for any of your family law needs!
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best choice I ever made
Thanks for the best outcome imaginable. Your professionalism and expertise are second to none. You were so simple to work with and know exactly what your doing. My family and I cant thank you enough!
Posted by Aaron | November 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer who cares about you and your family.
I have major anxiety and depression disorders. Being on the phone triggers my anxiety but after talking to Mr. Jacob Erickson all of that subsided. He has helped me tremendously with my divorce case and also cares about me as a person and not as just another client. If anyone is looking for a great Lawyer then Mr. Erickson is the person you need. He is extremely thorough, always quick to respond and very well versed in different areas of law. I cannot thank Mr. Erickson enough for the help through my divorce.
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Posted by Rick | August 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family Law
Jacob was quick to respond to my message, and when we spoke on the phone gave me clear input to strategy and steps needed to move forward. I will definitely use him to represent me.
Posted by Erik | July 22, 2015
Knowledgeable and Professional!!
I was very much impressed with the expansive knowledge that Jake was able to bring to my case. While most family cases are complicated, he was able to easily explain the process and set expectations for me in a way that helped to take some of the angst out of the process.. I felt extremely comfortable with Jake guiding me through this process. A few years back, I retained an attorney for a related family matter, and I can honestly say the difference was night and day. The attorney from a few years back was nowhere near the caliber, nor provided the level of service that Jake brought to my case.....but interestingly they were still priced similarly. I had a MUCH better experience with Jake as my counsel and was very pleased with the outcome. I have no doubt whatsoever that I will turn to Jake and his firm for future needs as they arise. Very pleased.
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Posted by Arlene | December 16, 2014
The best lawyer ever!
There are no words to express my gratitude for all that Mr. Erickson has done for me. From our very first meeting, I have always known that he would fight for me when I couldn't fight for myself. He has even called personally to check on me when he and his staff were concerned for my well-being. I drive nearly an hour one-way for each or our appointments and don't mind at all, because he and his staff have become very special to me. When you can leave your lawyer's office with a smile on your face - and I always do - it's a good day!
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Posted by Jena | June 19, 2014
The best!
Within 30 seconds of meeting Jake, I felt at ease---and that says a lot. When I met with him for the first time, I took another lawyer friend with me to get additional feedback in my decision as to whether or not I would go with Jake. We were both impressed. Jake doesn't take any guff, and he calls things like they are. He's passionate and he knows the ins and outs of the legal system--Both Stearns County and Benton County, which is really important. I trusted Jake with the safety and financial future of myself and my two young children. I knew if there was a way to reach a fair solution, he could do that for me. He was straight-forward and he kept me informed. I felt good handing my issues over to Jake and his firm of amazing and compassionate attorneys. Gerry, Colleen, Carly...everyone I met was positive, supportive, and passionate. I know I owe them some cookies, and I know if and when I need legal guidance in the future, I can trust them.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 11, 2013
Great solution which avoided court
Jacob gathered information to defend case and seemed very knowledgeable and confident about case. We entered negotiations which seemed grimm since other side not moving on amount on Lien but Jacob came up with a solution that suited both sides and avoided court. He thought outside box and knew his information. He reassured me and helped me realize I was not in the wrong. He realized I was uncomfortable in situation so helped make it as comfortable as possible.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell and Erickson, P.L.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, P.L.C.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, P.L.C.
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Vermeulen Law Office, PA
  • 2005 - 2012
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State of Minnesota v. M.J.S.
  • Charges dismissed by State before jury trial
  • Kalenburg v. Klein
  • Our clients preserved thier summary judgment award.
  • State of Minnesota v. B.G.M.
  • Jury acquitted on the 2nd degree assault
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Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • John E. Simonett Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 10 under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" 2 Years Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" 2 Years Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 2015 Premier 100 Trial Attoreny
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for the State of Minnesota
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for the State of Minnesota
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (16)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jacob Erickson since law school. He is an extremely intelligent, confident, and capable advocate for his clients. You are in good hands with him on your side."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jacob is thorough, responsible and excellent in the Court room. He elevates his practice by his attention to the needs of his client. He provides excellent advice in this complex area of practice."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jake gets the job done. Not only is he is knowledgeable, creative and courageousness, he offers the all too uncommon mixture of common sense and dedication to high ideals. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Erickson possesses vast knowledge of the law, unparalleled integrity, and provides the highest level of advocacy, for every client he represents. He is truly a leader in his field."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jacob Erickson is highly knowledgeable about the law and a true advocate for his clients. He takes time to listen to his clients personal situations to best learn how to proceed in their matter. Mr. Erickson has been extremely successful in reaching favorable results and he is able to effectively negotiate with the opposing side to reach a swift resolution, which saves his clients’ money. I continue to recommend him for any complex divorce, custody, and Protection Cases."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Erickson possesses the enviable traits of sharp intellect, a fine legal mind, and boundless energy; he focuses all of the above with the result of superb representation of his clients. He is also a warm human being who has the gift of being uproariously funny when appropriate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jake is an incredibly insightful attorney. His passion and creativity combine to provide excellent representation for each client. Jake will never stop giving his all for every client until there is nothing left to pursue. When a client has Jake as his attorney, that client can trust that his/her legal issues are in the best of hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jacob Erickson is a lawyer on a mission to zealously represent his clients while challenging the authority of the government. His enthusiasm for protecting his clients' rights translates into vigorous representation of individuals charged with DWI, drug crimes, and all other traffic and criminal or juvenile charges. He is a champion of the rights of the individual."
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Monticello Family Lawyer Jacob Thomas Erickson
Jacob Thomas Erickson
Family Attorney
Monticello, MN
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available