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About me

I have practiced law for over 20 years. I truly enjoy helping people get through difficult situations. My practice areas include family law, bankruptcy, criminal defense, landlord-tenant, real estate, fair debt collection.

I am admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court, Federal Court, United States Bankruptcy Court, and The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Court.

When not at work I spend my time biking, skiing with my dogs, working on community projects, with my wife Sarah and our twins.

I am also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Paul Bunyan Cyclists and Northland Arboretum. I have served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and the Brainerd Public Library, and the City of Brainerd Walkable Bikeable Committee.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    21 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    21 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    21 years
  4. Bankruptcy: 10%
    16 years



Hourly ($190-210/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Andrew Charles Wipper

    Since I have started working for Ed Shaw I have learned many things about the practice of law - particularly in family law situations. Ed is very knowledgeable and has represented the gambit of clients over his 18+ years of experience in this area. Ed is dedicated to doing the best he can on every case and works hard for his clients, as do the staff in the building. I would endorse Ed to work on any type of family law issue that can come up.


    Andrew Wipper Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Dustin Thomas Bower

    Ed takes the time to stay on top of the law when it comes to bankruptcy. I would want my lawyer to do that same! I believe he works hard for his clients best interests.


    Dustin Bower Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ed Shaw Law Offices

722 S Sixth St
Brainerd, MN, 56401-4041


MNAuthorized to practice199607/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Green Building AwardBrainerd Main Street Program2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAttorney Edward R. Shaw p.a.1996 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkCrow Wing County District Court1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
United States District Court MinnesotaMember2002 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Crow Wing / Aitkin County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
City of Brainerd Walkable/Bikeable CommitteeCo-Chair2013 - 2015
Brainerd Family YMCABoard Member2010 - 2013
Brainerd Public Library BoardChairperson2006 - 2010
Crow Wing/Aitkin County Bar AssociationPresident2003 - 2004
Crow Wing/Aitkin County Bar AssociationVice President2002 - 2003
Crow Wing / Aitkin County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. HunterNot guilty verdict after jury trial
State v. DiGiovaniCase dismissed before trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of WisconsinPolitical ScienceMA - Masters1991
St Lawrence UniversityGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law InstituteFamily law ethical fee collection2016