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Michael M. Gavin

Location: Glencoe, Minnesota
Phone: 320-864-5142
Phone: 952-467-2994
Fax: 320-864-5146
Email: E-mail Me

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Areas of Practice
Municipal Electric Utilities
Personal Injury
Product Liability, Commercial Litigation
Business Organization
Estate Planning
Probate and Will Contests
Contracts
Collections

Certified Legal Specialties
Real Estate Broker

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1969 U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1970 U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2006

Education
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota J.D. – 1968 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota B.A. – 1967 Major: Economics

Representative Cases
City of Geneseo v. Utilities Plus, CA8(Minn.) 2008, 533 F.3d 608 (#5 Ct of Appeals 2008)
City of Geneseo v. Utilities Plus, D.Minn.(4/3/2007)05-2689 (#5 District Court 2007)
Douglas Proehl v. Sheila Proel, C6-92-445 (Ct of Appeals MN 1992)
Estate of Evelyn Sophie , Evenson, C1-93-590 (Ct of Appeals MN 1993)
Darrell E. Hartle v. City of Glencoe, 303 Minn. 262, 226 N.W.2d 914 (MN Supreme Ct 1975)

Representative Clients
Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
CMI Equipment & Engineering Co.
Midwest Machinery Co.
Utilities Plus Energy Services

Professional Associations and Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1969 – 2010
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, Member, 1975 – 2010
American Association for Justice, Member, 1973 – 2010
Pro Bono Activities Experimental Aircraft Association (ELA) Ultralite Chapter 92, 1998 – 2010
Young Eagle Flights, 1998 – 2010

Property Management

Kenneth G. Janssen

Location: Glencoe, Minnesota
Phone: 320-864-5142
Phone: 952-467-2994
Fax: 320-864-5146
Email: E-mail Me

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Ken Janessen is a an associate at Gavin, Donley & Ostlund, Ltd. He has experience in criminal defense, juvenile law, family law, administrative law, and other litigation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ken worked as a public defender, primarily serving the White Earth tribe in Minnesota. Additionally, he has worked as a contractor attorney for Target Corporation and MoneyGram International, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. During law school, Ken worked as a student certified attorney for the 10th District Public Defender’s office and as an intern for the Minnesota State Senate. Ken is licensed in the state of Minnesota (since 2013). He is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the 8th District Bar Association, and McLeod County Bar Association. Ken received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Areas of Practice
Criminal Matters
Family Law
Civil Matters
Business Law
General Litigation
Probate
Estate Law

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2013

Education
University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
J.D. Dum Laude – 2013
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
B.A. – 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Eighth District Bar Association, Member
McLeod County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions
Regional Native Public Defense Corporation
Groshek Law, PA
Contracted attorney at Target Corporation
Contracted attorney at MoneyGram International

Benjamin G Stabenow

Location: Glencoe, Minnesota
Phone: 320-864-5142
Phone: 952-467-2994
Fax: 320-864-5146
Email: E-mail Me

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Mr. Stabenow provides a broad range of legal services including custody and divorce, personal injury, real estate, landlord-tenant law, and civil litigation. Mr. Stabenow prides himself on taking the time to get to know his clients in order to truly understand their individual legal needs and enjoys working closely with his clients. Mr. Stabenow has the tools, knowledge, experience, and ability to distill complex and nuanced legal concepts down to a practical and operational form as it relates to each individual client’s circumstances. Mr. Stabenow was raised among the farm fields of Hastings, Minnesota. During his time in law school, Mr. Stabenow was a recipient of a CALI Award for the highest marks in Employment law, a member of the Dean’s List, and volunteered over 100 hours for the Minnesota Justice Foundation. Mr. Stabenow is a graduate of the University of River Falls – Wisconsin (B.S., 2007) and the Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 2010), Mr. Stabenow is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Bar. After Mr. Stabenow was admitted to practice, he began his legal career working as a Law Clerk for the District Court Judge Fred Wellman and Judge Donald Rysavy in Austin, Minnesota, and District Court Judge Leslie Beiers in Carlton, Minnesota, where he had the opportunity to gain valuable experience on the judicial side of the law. After clerking, Mr. Stabenow moved into private practice with the Rudy Law Firm in Cloquet, Minnesota and then at the Berens Law firm in New Ulm, Minnesota where he practiced general law and represented a wide range of clients with a very diverse collection of legal issues.

Areas of Practice
Family Law
Personal Injury
Real Estate
Landlord-Tenant
Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2010

Education
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
J.D. – 2010
University of River Falls, Wisconsin
B.S. – 2007 Major: Sociology

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Attorney Program of Minnesota
Minnesota Justice Foundation

Lori Moldan

Location: Glencoe, Minnesota
Phone: 320-864-5142
Phone: 952-467-2994
Fax: 320-864-5146
Email: E-mail Me

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Lori joined Gavin, Janssen, & Stabenow in 2019. With prior work experience in the metro area, managing insurance and legal considerations for commercial property portfolios, Lori’s areas of expertise not only include real estate and insurance law, but also estate planning and probate, as well as agricultural and business law.

Practicing law was a passion and goal of Lori’s from a young age, and her work ethic and dedication paid off as she was able to finish her complete education in just six years, two years less than the average student, saving herself both time and money.  As a dairy farmer’s daughter, Lori developed her strong work ethic and sense of independence at a young age, and she values efficiency and accuracy in her work. Just like she did for herself, Lori will save you both time and money while achieving your legal goals.

Lori lives in New Ulm with her husband and son.  Her family enjoys gardening and canning, making maple syrup in the spring, and in her spare time, she manages a local foods business, The Sugar Shanty. She is also an avid drummer in her family’s polka band, Dain’s Dutchman.  The couple also owns and manages several rental properties in New Ulm.  Lori’s many different, time-consuming hobbies, are just one way in which she displays her time management skills and dedication to the things she enjoys. 

 

Bar & Court Admissions:

State of Minnesota

United States District Court for the State of Minnesota

Education:

Hamline University (2008-2011)

William P. Mitchell (2011-2014)

Professional Associations:

Minnesota State Bar Association

American Bar Association

National Business Institute

 

Awards:

Top 40 Young Lawyer – Business Law (2019)

National Alliance of Women in Law

 

Staff

Joyce Aul

Mindy Lemke

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