Deborah M. Gallenberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Honsa & Mara
 | 333 South 7th Street, Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-767-1903
Fax: 612-767-7303
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Spanish
  • Virtual Appointments
Attorney Profile

Debbie Gallenberg works diligently to find innovative solutions for settling even the most complicated family law matters while being a zealous advocate who is fully prepared to litigate unresolved cases.  With over 13 years of family law experience, Debbie represents clients in legal matters including dissolution of marriage, custody and parenting time, paternity, spousal maintenance, third-party custody, child support, grandparent visitation, post-decree matters, and appeals.  Debbie has been named a 2021 Super Lawyer and was previously recognized as a Rising Star.  Outside of her practice, Debbie enjoys teaching future lawyers legal writing and oral advocacy skills as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at the University of Minnesota Law School.  

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2021 Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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About Deborah Gallenberg

Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Cinnaminson Middle School, Cinnaminson, New Jersey, Teacher, French and Spanish, Grades 6-8
  • Open World Program- Delegatation from Republic of Georgia to the Twin Cities, Local Coordinator, October 2012
  • Member, Family Law Section, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Family and Concilliation Court
  • State of Minnesota, Law Clerk
  • Member, Family Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Dakota County Bar Association
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Chief of Staff to the Deans, Acting Director of International and Graduate Programs
  • Member, Family Law Section, Ramsey County Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rotary Club of Minneapolis
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Intersection of Rising College Costs and Changes in Family Law (with Marian Saksena and Katie Merkel), The Hennepin Lawyer, November 2010
  • Teach legal writing course, Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, University of Minnesota Law School, 2019
  • Promoting Access to Justice: The Hennepin County Limited Scope Legal Services Program, (with Sarah F. Novak), Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, February 2011
  • Ethically and Effectively Working with Pro Se Litigants, (with Walter Burk, Katie Metcher, Judge William H. Kock and Regina Wagner), Family Law Institute, March 2011
  • The Impact of Rising College Costs on Divorce (with Marian Saksena and Katie Merkel), Minnesota CLE, May 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Rye v. Cook, A14-0002, 2014 Order Opinion (Minn. Ct. App. June 19, 2014)
  • Rye v. Cook, A13-1414, 2014 Lexis 434 (Minn. Ct. App. May 5, 2014)
  • Dokken v. Garlick, A12-1521, 2013 Lexis 547 (Minn. Ct. App. June 17, 2013)
  • Sasse v. Penkert, A14-0440, 2015 Minn. App. Unpub. Lexis 126 (Minn. Ct. Appp. February 9, 2015)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, University of Minnesota Law School, 2019

Educational Background:

  • New York University, Master of Arts, Major: French Studies, Honors: Dean's List, 2000
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts, Major: French, Honors: Dean's List, 2001
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Office Location for Deborah M. Gallenberg

333 South 7th Street
Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-767-1903

Fax: 612-767-7303

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Last Updated: 4/28/2021

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