I am a Rochester native with over 43 years of experience practicing family law in the Olmsted County and Southeast Minnesota area. I was admitted to practice in 1980. In addition to representing clients in all of the counties in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District, I have regularly represented clients in Goodhue, Blue Earth, and Faribault counties located in the First and Fifth Judicial Districts, as well as other judicial districts throughout Minnesota. I am a graduate of St. Olaf College in 1976 and Hamline University School of Law in 1980. I have taken particular interest in advocating for the best interest of children. I have served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, and have extensive child advocacy experience having served previously as legal counsel for the then existing Olmsted County Guardian Ad Litem program. I was a member of Olmsted County’s Children’s Justice Initiative Team, a joint venture of the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Department of Human Services in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties to improve the processing of cases and outcomes for children in child protection cases. I have extensive motion and trial experience, however, I believe that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides both parties with the opportunity to achieve a positive outcome through cooperation and respect, while avoiding the financial and emotional burdens that often result from litigation. I have served as an Early Neutral Evaluator and have represented many clients through mediation, arbitration, Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations (SENE/FENE), and other forms of ADR. I also assist clients with simple and one-trust Wills, Power of Attorney and Health Care declarations. I have represented clients preparing Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements. I have two extensively experienced paralegals and a legal assistant to ensure efficient and timely legal services and a reasonable price.