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Michelle M. Kniess

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Edina, MN

Hellmuth & Johnson
8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 651-393-9072
Fax: 952-941-2337
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2020
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Family Law, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Michelle M. Kniess is an attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A top-rated lawyer with more than 16 years of total legal experience, Ms. Kniess focuses her practice exclusively on family law, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across the greater Twin Cities metro and beyond who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal issue affecting their families.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Kniess has achieved remarkable success helping her clients make the best-informed decisions regarding child custody and support, property division and all other related matters. Prior to joining Hellmuth & Johnson, Ms. Kniess owned her own boutique family law firm for almost nine years, and she initially focused on business litigation early in her career, so she has a wealth of experience for assisting business owners and others with considerable assets stemming from their own private companies.

As an attorney, Ms. Kniess has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity when dealing with her clients as well as her unwavering resolve for helping them through a very difficult and uncertain time in their lives. Honored for her outstanding client service, she has received countless testimonials and referrals from those she has served, and she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers as well as a Top 10 Under 40 ranking from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Kniess attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2005. She is admitted to practice before all Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Ms. Kniess is a rule 114 qualified neutral, and she is an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the American Bar Association's Family Law Committee, Adoption Law Subcommittee and Assisted Reproductive Technologies Section, along with her many other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Litigation, Restraining Order


10 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2020

About Michelle M. Kniess

First Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Presenter/Panel Member, Minnesota Family Law Institute, March 2013
  • Presenter, 100+ Sure-Fire Strategies and Tips for the Family Lawyer, 2021
  • Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Project
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Member


  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys: Top 10 under 40
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011-2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association: Family Law Committee, Adoption Law Subcommittee and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
  • Member, Woodbury Chamber of Commerce
  • 19th District Bar Association (Washington County), Former Secretary/Treasurer
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota
  • Washington County Bar Association, Member
  • Member of the Family Law League
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • 19th District Bar Association (Washington County), Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S., Major: Business Management, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenter/Panel Member at the Minnesota Family Law Institute, March 2013
  • 2013 Minnesota CLE Family Law Series Webcast—Panel Member: Three Generations in Divorce: Strategies for Working with Boomers, Xers and Millennials
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Office Location for Michelle M. Kniess

8050 West 78th Street
Edina, MN 55439

Phone: 651-393-9072

Fax: 952-941-2337

Last Updated: 9/28/2022

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