Debra E. Yerigan

Debra E. Yerigan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Messerli | Kramer
 | 1400 Fifth Street Towers, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-672-3624
Fax: 612-672-3777
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Debra Yerigan does one thing and she does it well – she zealously represents clients in Family Court matters.  During her 30-plus years as a family law attorney, she has become a lawyer other lawyers depend on when someone they know is facing challenging issues.

    Debra’s many years in the courtroom make her well-suited to represent parties in cases involving complicated financial issues such as valuation of businesses, non-marital property, intricate income streams and spousal maintenance.  She is adept at navigating the sensitivities involved when negotiating custody and parenting time.  Outside of the courtroom, individuals turn to Debra for advice when preparing to enter into prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

    For her work, Debra has received multiple recognitions from her peers and Minnesota Lawyer including, “Top 40 Minnesota Family Law Attorneys,” “Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers” and “Top 100 Super Lawyers.”  Debra is also regularly recognized as a “Top Family Law Attorney in America” by Best Lawyers®.

    Certificates and Credentials

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

    About Debra Yerigan

    Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.messerlikramer.com/attorney/debra-e-yerigan

    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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Minnesota CLE:   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 Rainmake, 2017; Preparing for "I don't": New Landmines in Antenupital 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.

    Educational Background:

    • St. Cloud State University, B.A., 1982

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    Office Location for Debra E. Yerigan

    1400 Fifth Street Towers
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

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