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About me

I am the managing attorney in the Mankato, Minnesota office of Birkholz Law. For more than 40 years, Birkholz Law has been representing Southern and Southwestern Minnesota in the areas of family law, criminal law, real estate, estate planning, and litigation services. I am the son of Dan Birkholz, the founder of Birkholz Law.


I have extensive court room and trial experience. In the last year alone, I have had four criminal jury trials, and 3 of them full acquittals in the defense favor. In addition to the numerous motion hearings, I have tried numerous, several day, extensive and complex family law divorce trials, and a legendary 12 day termination of parental rights trial in Jackson, Minnesota with over 200 exhibits, and over 20 witnesses, which is currently on appeal. I have also obtained numerous trial orders in child custody cases granting parent’s custody of their children, eliminating harassment and orders for protection, and saving clients thousands of dollars in losses.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Family: 50%



Hourly ($125-225/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Allison W. Maxim

    Jacob Birkholz is a smart, organized, and professional attorney for whom I have great respect. I feel confident referring individuals to Jacob for their civil and criminal law matters.


    Allison Maxim Family Attorney
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  • Herbert C Kroon III

    I endorse this lawyer. He is a smart guy. He is a very good negotiator but isn't afraid to take a case to trial.


    Herbert Kroon Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Birkholz & Associates, LLC

110 S. Broad Street
Mankato, MN, 56001-6558


MNAuthorized to practice200507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100National Trial Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerBirkholz & Associates, LLC2015 - Present
AttorneyBirkholz Law, LLC – Associate Attorney2008 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkJudge Mary C. Leahy2007 - 2008
Judicial Law ClerkJudge Kenneth L. Jorgensen2006 - 2007
Judicial ExternJudge Edward Wilson2005 - 2005
Certified Student Attorney VolunteerWashington County P. D.’s Office2005 - 2005
Law ClerkMSBA Probate and Trust Section2004 - 2005
Law ClerkTilton and Dunn, PLLP2004 - 2005
Volunteer Law ClerkSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services2004 - 2004
Law ClerkBirkholz Law, LLC2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. M.D.T. 831 N.W.2d 276 (Minn. 2013)Partial victory / Partial reversal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of St. Thomas School of Law - MinneapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Minnesota State University, MankatoChemistryB.S. – Chemistry2002