My journey into the legal profession was actually more unconventional than you might think. After graduating with a degree from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in Minneapolis, I initially had plans to work as a physicist. After having the honor and privilege of working for NASA, I quickly realized a passion for both the environment and helping others. After some soul searching, I decided to pursue the prospect of working as an attorney so that I could have more of a direct opportunity to make a difference in my own community. After being accepted into the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, I was excited to have the opportunity to study under some of the brightest legal minds in the state at the time.
After three years of hard work, I was able to earn my Juris Doctor in 1974. With a continued drive and an unstoppable work ethic, I passed the Minnesota state bar and Ramsey County Bar that same year. Armed with my degree and a license to practice law, I set out to begin serving the great citizens of Minnesota. From the outset, I decided to focus on the areas of estate planning, probate, and family law, as I believed that these areas would allow me to work with individuals and families who were in need of trusted legal guidance and support. I felt that focusing on these areas would allow me to use my expertise to help them through whatever legal challenges they might be facing, and help prepare them for a successful future.
As a long time resident of Minnesota, I've strived to get involved in my community and do whatever I can to help improve the lives of my colleagues, coworkers, and neighbors. I'm a member of several local professional organizations and bar associations, including the Ramsey County Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, and the Minnesota Lawyers International Human Rights Committee. I truly believe that community involvement is important, and I've been lucky enough to have some truly rewarding experiences working alongside some of the many outstanding individuals in and around the Shoreview area.
I believe everyone deserves to have support when they need it most. I simply want to use my knowledge and experience to serve the needs of my clients.