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I am on the Minnesota Supreme Court List of Neutrals for both family law and general civil matters. I am a practicing member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and a member of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. I have many presented seminars to lawyers on the subject of divorce and mediation. I am certified to conduct “Social” and “Financial” Early Neutral Evaluations. I am a member of the Court of Appeals Family Law Mediation panel.

Prior to founding Mediation Services of Southern Minnesota, I was a 30 year partner at the law firm, Chesley, Kroon, Harvey and Carpenter.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 50%
  2. Divorce: 50%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jacob Mathias Birkholz

    I endorse Mr. Kroon. Having been on the other side of several trials and cases in the family law court room with him, I know first hand that he has an excellent understanding of family law and what a Judge will do with a given set of facts. He is client focused and driven towards effect negotiation and settlement, but yet willing to take a case to trial.


    Jacob Birkholz Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert H Chesley

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Robert Chesley Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Mediation Services of Southern MN

503 Cornelia Street
North Mankato, MN, 56003


MNAuthorized to practice197907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono PublicoFifth Judicial District2008
Distinguished Volunteer AwardYMCA2002
Partner in JusticeSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/MediatorMediation Services of Southern MInnesota2014 - Present
AttorneyChesley, Kroon, Harvey & Carpenter1980 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mankato Symphony OrchestraBoard President2011 - Present
AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)Member2005 - Present
Family Law Section, Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember, Publications Chair, 1994-19951992 - Present
KMSU-FMRadio show host1984 - Present
Mankato Rotary ClubPresident, 1995-1996, Current Programs Director1979 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
YMCA, MankatoBoard Member2002 - 2008
North Mankato Civic and Commerce AssociationBoard Member and President1989 - 2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Macalester CollegeHistory, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bar Association Annual ConventionThe Stratetgic Negotiator2015
Family Law InstitutePost Decree Custody Modification2013
Family Law InstituteBasics of Drafting Divorce Documents2012
Minnesota Continuing Legal EducationBasics of Child Custody2009
Minnesota Continuing Legal EducationThe 2008 Legal Update for Minnesota Attorneys2008
24th Annual Family Law InstituteThings I Wish I Knew as a New Family Law Lawyer: Resources and Advice2003
4th Annual Altnernative Dispute Resolution InstitutePreparing Clients for Civil Mediation2001
22nd Annual Family Law InstituteHow to Prepare Clients for Alternative Dispute Resolution2001
20th Annual Family Law InstituteRepresenting Clients in Mediation1999
American Counseling Association ConferenceMediation: A Training MOdel for Counselor Educators1994
Family Law InstituteWho is the Daddy? History and Current Developemtns in Minnesota Paternity Law1991
Family Law Institute, 1987Trial Practice Demonstration1987