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Debra E. Yerigan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Messerli | Kramer
100 South 5th Street, Suite 1400
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-672-3624
Fax: 612-672-3777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Debra E. Yerigan is an attorney at the law firm Messerli | Kramer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With over 37 years of experience in the legal field, she takes on cases involving family law. She represents clients with divorce, child custody, family law appeals and other family law-related issues. She frequently uses mediation to help resolve cases. 

Admitted to practice in Minnesota, Ms. Yerigan is also licensed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She has immense experience helping people with their divorce proceedings, asset protections, spousal maintenance, valuation of businesses, domestic abuse, nonmarital property, parenting time and so on. She uses her knowledge and skill for the benefit of her clients and is a tireless advocate for their rights. 

Graduating summa cum laude, Ms. Yerigan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University. She studied law at the Hamline University School of Law, graduating cum laude and earning her Juris Doctor in 1985. 

Ms. Yerigan is an active affiliate with her legal community with memberships in the: 

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Minnesota Bar Association’s Family Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association’s Family Law Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

In addition, Ms. Yerigan is a member of the Board of Examiners of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Minnesota Chapter. She chairs the Advisory Council of the St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Hamline University School of Law and is an adjudicative qualified neutral under the Minnesota Rules of General Practice’s Rule 114. She has also lectured at many continuing legal education programs.

Recognized for her professionalism and dedicated legal work, Ms. Yerigan has received many accolades, including an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and being listed as a Recognized Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America. She was also named to the list of Best Lawyers in Minnesota by the Minnesota Monthly magazine. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

25 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Debra E. Yerigan appearing in Super Lawyers

About Debra E. Yerigan

First Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://messerlikramer.com/professional/debra-e-yerigan/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Minnesota CLE: Advanced Business Issues in Family Law and the Impact of Covid-19, 2020; Spousal Maintenance Modifications and Terminations: What Happens in Retirement?, 2019; Strategies for Dealing with Retirement in Spousal Maintenance Negotiation, Mediation and Litigation, 2019; The Journey from Baby Shark to Rainmaker, 2017; Preparing for "I don't": New Landmines in Antenuptial Agreement Drafting and Enforcement , 2017; Kremer V. Kremer: What's Up With Prenups?, 2017; Bulletproof Prenups: Drafting and Litigating Antenuptial Agreements in a Post-Kremer World, 2017; The Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act: What Family Law Lawyers Need to Know, 2015; Trial Preparation for Your Case in Chief Including Preparation of Your Client for Direct Examination, 2015; Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage and Its Impact on Family Law Practitioners, 2013; Elimination of Bias: Working with Family Law Clients from Diverse Cultures, 2013; Family Law Series: New Family Court Rules, 2012; New Rules! 2012 Amendments to the General Rules of Practice Family Court Procedure, 2012; Advanced Appellate Practice for Family Law Attorneys, 2012; Basic Appellate Practice for Family Law Attorneys, 2012; Basics of Spousal Maintenance, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012; What Lawyers Love and Hate About Mediators and Arbitrators, 2011; The Rules of Family Court Procedure: Are They Changing?, 2010; 20 Rules and Requirements That Minnesota Family Law Lawyer Must Know, 2008; Documents Made Easy: Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Contempt Motion Papers, 2007; 10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Family Law Appeals, 2007; Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Family Law Lawyer, 2005; Ethics for Family Law Lawyers, 1999 and 2000. Minnesota Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Divorce Camp Facilitator, 2006 - 2013; There’s a Rule About That, 2012.  Hamline University School of Law:  Uffda! In Minnesota, the Fraudulent Transfers Act (UFTA) Applies to Divorce, 2014; Minnesota Same Sex Marriage and Its Impact on Family Law Practitioners, 2013. Hennepin County Bar Association:  Preparing for "I don't": New Landmines in Antenuptial Agreement Drafting and Enforcement, 2017: Kremer v. Kremer: What's Up With Prenups, 2017; Trial Preparation for Your Case in Chief Including Preparation of Your Client for Direct Examination, 2015; Rules of Family Court Procedure, 2012; The Pleasures and Pitfalls of a Career in Family Law, 2003. National Practice Institute: The Brave New World of Family Law, 2002. Lorman Education Services: Everyday Ethics in Minnesota, 2007.

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000-2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs Advisory Council, 2016 - present; Council of Examiners, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, 2006 - present; Mitchell Hamline School of Law Development Committee, 2016 - 2018; Hamline University School of Law Alumni Board, 2013 - 2015; Board of Governors, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2007 - 2011; Membership Committee, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006 – 2013, committee chair or co-chair, 2007 - 2013; Court of Appeals Family Mediation Rules Committee, 2010; Divorce Camp Committee, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009 - 2011; Fourth District Ethics Committee, 1997 – 2004; Minnesota Bar Association Mock Trial Coach, 1999 – 2000
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Educational Background

  • St. Cloud State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
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Office Location for Debra E. Yerigan

100 South 5th Street
Suite 1400
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-672-3624

Fax: 612-672-3777

Last Updated: 9/21/2022

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