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Karen Terese Kugler


4.0   4 reviews
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Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2002
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Posted by Stephen | October 1, 2011
Karen T. Kugler is a Great Attorney
Karen is extremely knowledgeable in family law. In my court case the referee stated that her written argument enlighten him to on the issue. She is well respected by the court. She is understanding to the flaws of the system and will not tell you what you want to hear, she will give you the facts and not sugar coat it. She is honest and fair. I have had dealings with family law attorneys and Karen clearly sets the bar high for her peers.
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Posted by Jacqueline | September 13, 2011
Karen is not only an excellent attorney; she is also a beautiful in-heart person.
Karen Kugler is the best attorney that I could have. I would say I was so lucky that I met her years ago. I met her at the place that she volunteered. When I first met her, my divorce case was over but settled in an absolute unfair settlement. My case was truly not an easy case to work with. However, step by step…and finally, Karen successfully helped me to resolve all unfortunate problems. Karen is not only a good attorney; she is also a beautiful in-heart person. Jacqueline Nguyen
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2011
A lawyer that really cares
Karen is not only most knowledgeable, she is genuine and truly pleasant to talk with. The paperwork that she worked on for me was composed in a well-meaning, yet very firm and convincing way. The advice that she gives is well-informed and easy to understand. She is the only attorney in whose presence I docn't feel intimidated. Excellent and caring professional!
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Cost me thousands with sloppy work and yet wants her money
I found the mistake that the ex knew about-- Ms. Kugler put my inheritance monies in the marital column of the balance sheet-it was switched on the last revisions (where she also put in other wrong information that the ex had to correct because it was against him (like verbiage about paying mortgage when the house was paid off years ago) . I pleaded with her to double check --She told me she checked but did she? Now I know why she could never answer my question I posed to her over and over "why do I have to pay the ex $63,000?" All she would say is you came out ahead.. In reality No I didn't. I thought I was getting alimony here I didn't and gave the ex who made 3 times the money I did my had earned savings. My Aunt had listed everyone elses husbands on her will but not my ex--she knew the abusive marriage I had to live though... Ms Kugler added to the abuse when she wouldn't fight for my fair share because "I don't want your ex to sue me" --(in front of multiple witnesses) Now I'm wondering did she even turn in for a continue trial date (I never saw any paper work that she did ask for it). I'm going to check with Anoka county to see if she even did what she said she did. When I hired her I hired a TEAM. She had a legal secretary and paralegal but suddenly I was seeing things done by her (and her rate) that the paralegal would have done. I even interviewed her paralegal and secretary before I signed on with her-a lot of good that did when she was busy signing on to a new firm in the middle of my case. (I would have like to have know that before I signed on with her! ) Now my only recourse to sue her for malpractice because she won't talk to me I lost inheritance monies, I lost the ex wage increases under contract that she never followed up on. (Found out this year the Teamsters were in the middle of a contract with hefty wage increases) She cost me thousands more in new attorney fee's so I could get the QDRO finished--something that should have been done BEFORE anyone signed the decree. Even the judge told me how DANGEROUS this was because I could have lost EVERYTHING. One would think an attorney of 13 years would/should know this. Finally, I asked her to just call this a wash--since I lost far more than what I owed her...she said NO. Not to contact her unless I was paying her. BE WARNED history has a way of repeating.
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Response from Karen Kugler January 8, 2019
As I am bound by attorney client privilege and value my client's privacy, I cannot ethically disclose the facts concerning this case that would refute the false information and inaccuracies contained within this review. It is public record that I obtained a judgment against this reviewer for non-payment of attorneys fees (so this review may be retaliatory). If any client is unhappy with any aspect of my representation, I would ask that they contact me to discuss the situation. I am always willing to listen to and appreciate criticism so that I can continue to improve my practice.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Child Support Magistrate
  • 10th Judicial District State Of Minnesota
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kugler Family Law
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Partner
  • McGee Kugler Family Law
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Partner
  • J. Oakes Family Law
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • J. Oakes Family Law
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lubov & Associates, LLC
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • St. Cloud Area Legal Services
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Carthage College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rizvi v. Rizvi, A09-1623 (Minn. App., May 4, 2010)
  • Trial court decision favoring Ms. Rizvi affirmed.
  • Jeschke v. Libby
  • District Court decision Affirmed
  • Booth v. Ramstad Hvass
  • Decision of district court was affirmed


  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of Family Law Section (2010 - 2012)
  • 2006 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair (2012-2013) Chair Elect (2011-2012)
  • 2002 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Child Support Advisory Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Stearns-Benton County Bar Association, New Lawyers Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Stearns-Benton County Bar Association
  • 2002 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Wennestrom Award
  • University of Minnesota
  • 2002
  • Senior Award in Economics
  • Carthage College
  • 1999
  • John R. Commons Award
  • Carthage College
  • 1998
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  • Family Law Financial Deskbook Update
  • Chapter 2: Advanced Issues in Child Support
  • 2012
  • Family Law Forum (Minnesota Bar, Family Law Section)
  • Letter from the Editor
  • 2011
  • Family Law Financial Deskbook Update
  • Chapter 2: Advanced Issues in Child Support
  • 2010
  • The Family Law Financial Deskbook
  • Chapter 2: Advanced Child Support
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Financial Deskbook Update CLE
  • Advanced Child Support Issues
  • 2012
  • Family Law Financial Deskbook Update CLE
  • Advanced Child Support Issues
  • 2010
  • Divorce Information Sessions
  • Marital Dissolution
  • 2010
  • Child Custody and Support Information Session
  • Child Custody and Support
  • 2010
  • The Family Law Financial Deskbook Seminar
  • Advanced Child Support Issues
  • 2008
  • Advanced Issues in Child Support -- Webcast CLE
  • Child Support
  • 2008
  • War Stories & Solutions Under the New Child Support Law
  • Child Support
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (27)
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Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karen and I recently met when we worked on opposite sides of a family law matter involving our respective client. I enjoyed working with her on the case as she not only understood the law and facts of the case, but also the family dynamics of our clients. Together we were able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution for our respective clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Karen professionally about a decade ago and have come to known her very well. Karen is the type of person you can open up to and she is very understanding which is important in family law. She also really, really understands the law and the process. Very solid attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a pleasure to endorse Attorney Kugler. She is clearly knowledgeble in this area of the law and provides his clients with the best possible representation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Kugler is as very knowledgeable attorney"
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a great advocate for her clients. I am constantly referring clients to her due to her outstanding professionalism and legal skills."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Karen and I worked together on a difficult case and she was always reasonable and knew the law. I also had the pleasure of presenting with Karen at Chrysalis and was impressed by her knowledge and compassion."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karen and I are former co-workers at St. Cloud Area Legal Services. Karen is a very competent lawyer. She is a collegue that I trust and is often someone that I consult for brainstorming a particular problem. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Karen's work. She is a knowledgeable and professional attorney with a track record of success in family law matters."
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