Laura K. Fretland / Biography
Laura Fretland concentrates her practice on family law and represents clients in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota. She provides careful guidance and quality legal representation customized to the unique needs of her clients, whether that means litigation, negotiated settlement, collaborative law, or mediation. Her goal is fair and efficient resolutions, but she’s an effective litigator when necessary, working hard to safeguard the rights of her clients. During her 35 years as a family law attorney, she has handled complex family law matters involving child custody, divorce and property division.
Ms. Fretland’s background enables her to develop the most beneficial solutions to resolve family law issues based on each family’s specific situation. Her goal is to provide the legal advice and expertise clients need to make good decisions about their divorce and their future.
Laura is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in Family Law and Collaborative Law in the Family Law category and was first recognized in 2014. She has been listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer each year since 2005 and is rated Distinguished™ for high professional achievement by Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Fretland writes and lectures for attorneys on topics, including antenuptial agreements, divorce and elder law. She is an active member and former co-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section.
Leadership + Activities
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
Amazing Support – I can’t say enough about how helpful Laura was to me during a time of personal trauma and divorce. Her guidance was objective and valuable with a human touch of caring and kindness that is so appreciated. My case was closed in an extremely timely manner, and Laura’s team was responsive and available throughout the process. I highly recommend Laura Fretland without hesitation.
Professional, empathic, effective – Laura helped me navigate one of the more difficult situations with pragmatic guidance and expertise that I needed. And she was extremely helpful in understanding options and paths that fit my goals for resolution. All good things. And frankly found her style and compassion the best part of working with her. I’d highly recommend to anyone but particularly those that want fast, fair, and frank legal counsel.
- “The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation,” The 2010 Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, March 2010
- “Special Circumstances in Family Law,” Chapter 25, Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook with eFormbook, Second Edition, Minnesota CLE, October 2021
- “Marital Issues,” Chapter 7, Elder Law Handbook, Fourth Edition, Minnesota CLE, December 2018
- Concordia College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1980
- University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1983
- Minnesota, 1983
News + Articles
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