Gary A. Debele

Gary A. Debele

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Messerli | Kramer
 | 1400 Fifth Street Towers, 100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-672-3667
Fax: 612-672-3777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Native American Law (10%),
  • International (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
Attorney Profile

Gary Debele is a 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and since 1991 has focused his practice on a uniquely broad and all encompassing conception of family law. Through his membership in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Law Attorneys, and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, he has built relationships with professionals in his areas of family law expertise across the United States and across the globe.

His family law practice includes not only the usual areas of divorce, custody, and parentage, but also several specialized areas that many family law practitioners avoid. He has represented clients with large and complex closely held family businesses, often with accompanying sophisticated estate planning vehicles. He has been involved with divorces and custody disputes with interstate and international aspects. With particular expertise in the interplay of juvenile and family court, he is also experienced in juvenile court practice and can address child protection issues that might spill into anyone’s family court proceeding.

In addition to assisting with family and relationship breakdowns, he has a sophisticated family formation practice which has him working in all aspects of adoption—from the simplest stepparent adoption to complex interstate and international adoptions, and even contested adoptions and adoptions that are dissolving. Gary works with all aspects of assisted reproduction and surrogacy, drafting donor contracts for all varieties of genetic material, gestational carrier and traditional surrogate contracts; and works to establish parentage in all of those situations, whether within the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, across the country or internationally.

Gary assists clients with appeals at all levels of state and federal courts. He is also a certified mediator and member of the Collaborative Law Institute, assisting clients who wish to avoid litigation.

Gary is experienced with estate planning for small to moderate sized estate, guardianship provisions for children, and prenuptial, postnuptial, or cohabitation agreements. He also handles matters in tribal court including those associated with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Certificates and Credentials

About Gary Debele

Admitted: 1987, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://messerlikramer.com/professional/gary-a-debele/

Honors/Awards:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL, 1998 - Present
  • Assistant Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dean's List, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Departmental Distinction in History, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Honors in Legal Research and Writing, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2001
  • Recipient, Century III Leadership Award, Cloquet Senior High School, Cloquet, Minnesota
  • Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington, D.C., 1996 - Present
  • Advisor, Professor Paul L. Murphy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary) - President of College Chapter, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Recipient, Steven Block Prize for Civil Liberties, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Student Attorney, Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP), University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Recipient, Junior Rotarian Scholarship
  • Selected, Represent Cloquet Senior High School in the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, Washington, D.C.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, 2009 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Assistant, College Archivist, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1982 - 1984
  • Dean's List, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Law Review: Managing Editor, Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 1986 - 1987
  • Top 40 Family Law and Appellate Attorney, 2003 - Present
  • Honors graduate of Cloquet Senior High School, Cloquet, Minnesota, 1980

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Adoption Mediator, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114, Family & Civil Mediator, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State of Wisconsin, January 2005
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Law and Literature Committee
  • Member, Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL, Minnesota Chapter, 2001 - 2003
  • Member, By Appointment, Adoption Rules Subcommittee, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee
  • Member, Nominating Committee, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Department of Human Services Uniform Parentage Act Task Force, 2001 - 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, November 28, 1988
  • Member and Chair, Contested Adoption Committee, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington, D.C., 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • Vice-Chairman, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1996 - 1997
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court, 1997
  • President, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter, 2009 - Present
  • Special Member, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • Member (by election), Board of Governors, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1998 - 2004
  • Upper Sioux Community Tribal Court, 1999
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption, 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, 2004 - 2007
  • Co-Chairman (by appointment), Minnesota State Bar Association, Pro Se Implementation Committee, 2003 - 2006
  • Chair, Seminar Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL, Minnesota Chapter, 2002 - 2004
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Rules Committee, 2001 - 2006
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Law Section
  • Co-chair, Problem Solving Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL, Minnesota Chapter
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Department of Health Father’s Adoption Registry Advisory Group, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, Hennepin Lawyer Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1992 - 1997
  • State of Minnesota, October 10, 1987
  • Member, Assisted Reproduction Technology Services Committee, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Adoption Policy Resource Center
  • Chairman, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1997 - 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court of America, October 5, 1993
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member (by appointment), Minnesota State Bar Association, Children and the Law Section
  • Lower Sioux Community Tribal Court, 1999
  • Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, January 2010 - Present
  • Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, 2006 - Present
  • Co-Chairperson of Lawyers Subcommittee, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2001 - 2003
  • Member, Collaborative Law and Mediation Committees (National), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL
  • Member, Subcommittee on Putative Father's Adoption Registry, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member (by appointment), Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislation Review Committee
  • Member, Legislation and Amicus Committees, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL, Minnesota Chapter
  • Member, By Appointment, Indian Child Welfare Act and Tribal Courts Subcommittee, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Co-Chairman, Juvenile Law Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1995 - 1997
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Supreme Court ADR in Child Protection Cases Work Group, 2004 - 2006
  • Member, Co-Chair, Mediation Committee, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Washington, D.C., 2003 - 2005
  • Member, By Appointment, Assisted Reproductive Technology Subcommittee, Minnesota Department of Human Services Uniform Parentage Act Task Force, 2001 - 2002
  • Member, By Appointment, Special Committee on Judicial Evaluations, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2002 - 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, May 3, 1999
  • Charter Member, American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Treasurer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1995 - 1996
  • Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Court, 1999
  • Member, By Appointment, Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, August 2008 - Present)
  • Member, Tribal Courts Committee, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • Member (by appointment), Minnesota State Bar Association, Pro Se Implementation Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Participant in KARE 11 Bike Classic, 150 mile bike-a-thon for the benefit of St. Paul Children's Hospital, Summer 1988
  • Volunteer Attorney, Children's Law Center of Minnesota
  • Member, Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College
  • Member, Wayzata Community Church (Congregational), Wayzata, Minnesota
  • Former Piano Student and Current Voice Student, MacPhail Center for the Arts
  • American Society for Legal History
  • Volunteer Attorney , 1999
  • Member, Lafayette Club, Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota
  • Junior Rotarian in Cloquet, Recipient of Junior Rotarian Scholarship
  • Volunteer attorney with "Partners for Students Program", St. Louis Park, Minnesota High School, Spring 1999,
  • Member, Board of Directors, Beacon Academy (Charter School), Plymouth, Minnesota, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, Saint Olaf College Liberal Arts and the Law Committee
  • Research Assistant, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet, Minnesota

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, Adoption Mediation Training, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 18 - 20, 2001
  • Presenter, Domestic Adoption 101, Resolve’s 2010 Family Building Conference, Midwest Region, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 13, 2010
  • Custody and Parenting by Persons Other than Biological Parents: When Non-Traditional Family Law Collides with the Constitution, 83 N.D. L. Rev. 1227, 2008
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Hennepin County Bar Association, June 8, 2005, June 24, 2005
  • Facilitator, Law and Literature: Elimination of Bias, 22nd Family Law Institute, MCLE March 20, 2001
  • Presenter, Interstate and International Custody and Parenting Time Issues, 31st Annual Family Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, MCLE, March 23-24, 2010
  • Co-Authored, Prenuptial Agreements in the United States, with Susan Rhode, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Law Journal (www.iaml.org_law_journal) Fall 2007
  • Presenter, When Parents Can't Parent Their Children: Third Party Custody, CHIPS Proceedings, De Facto Custodians, Guardianship and Adoption, Volunteer Lawyers Network Annual Family Law Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 22, 2005
  • Presenter, Mediation: What is it and Why use it in Adoption Disputes?, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, San Antonio, Texas, April 26, 2001
  • Author, "Juvenile Law Case Notes and Trends" (a monthly column that appears in Bench and Bar of Minnesota, the primary publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association), 2002 - Present
  • Editor, Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Presenter, Family Law in Tribal Courts. The Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Prior Lake, Minnesota, September 23, 2005
  • Facilitator, Law and Literature: A Discussion of Personal and Professional Ethics and Bias, MSBA Law and Literature Committee, St. Paul, June 8, 2001
  • Chapter 1, "The History of Custody", Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Facilitator, Protecting Your Aspirations: Exploring and Sharpening the Skills to Attain a Balanced Family Law Practice, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Breezy Point, Minnesota, September 30, 2005
  • Presenter, Adoption Mediation: Solving Problems and Developing Good Communication for Adoption, The First International Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Toronto, Canada, October 13, 2001
  • Co-Author, Chapter 10, "Tribal Court Practice and the Indian Child Welfare Act in Minnesota", Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Presenter, an Overview of Juvenile Court Practice for the Family Law Practitioner, Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 14, 2005
  • Presenter, Fair Hearings and Appeals, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys’ Special Needs Adoption Advocacy Training, Savannah, Georgia, October 20, 2001
  • Chapter 12, "Third Party Custody", Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Presenter, New Minnesota Rules of Adoption Procedure: An Overview and Analysis, Adoption Law and Practice, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, January 20, 2006
  • Presenter, Child Protection Cases and Appellate Practice, MSBA Children and the Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 18, 2002
  • Co-Author, Chapter 22, "Child Abuse Allegations in Custody Cases", Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Presenter, Legal Aspects of Adoption, RESOLVE of Minnesota Family Building Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 25, 2006
  • Presenter, Creative Options for Third-Party Custody, 27th Annual Family Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, MCLE, March 29, 2006
  • Presenter, Assisted Reproductive Technology: What Every Family Law Attorney Should know, 23rd Family Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, MCLE, March 25, 2002
  • Presenter, Life and Health Insurance Provisions in Marital Termination Agreements. Drafting Marital Termination Agreements, MCLE, September 1993
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 20, 2006
  • Moderator, Marketing Your Adoption Practice, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2002
  • Presenter, Jurisdictional Issues: Types of Actions and Alternative Forums, Child Custody and Placement, MCLE, September 1994
  • Course Chair and Presenter, Minnesota Custody and Child Support, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, September 18, 2006, Presentations included introduction to the course, the History of Custody, Third Party Custody, Appeals, and Child Abuse issues in Custody Cases
  • Facilitator, Law and Literature: Elimination of Bias, MSBA Annual Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, June 27, 2002
  • Co-Chairman and Presenter, Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, National Business Institute, Inc., March 14, 1996
  • Facilitator, Family Opoly: the Game of Family Law Skills, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Brainerd, Minnesota, October 12-15, 2006
  • Presenter, Third Party Custody in Minnesota after N.A.K. and the New Statute, Washington County Bar Association, October 31, 2002
  • Presenter, "Open Adoptions," Family Law Series: Adoption Law Update, Minnesota Law & Politics, December 9, 1996
  • Lecturer, Assisted Reproduction Technology Services: an Overview, University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 27, 2007
  • Course Chair and Presenter, Best Interests of the Child in Court: Today and Tomorrow, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, November 18, 2002
  • Presenter, Open Adoptions in Minnesota and Other Developments in Adoption Law, 18th Family Law Institute, MCLE, April 1997
  • Presenter, Adoption Law in Minnesota, Medical Educational Services, Inc., June 19, 1997
  • Presenter with Sandra K. Hewitt, Ph.D., Child Abuse Allegations in Custody Cases, 28th Annual Family Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, MCLE, March 29, 2007
  • Presenter, Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel, The New Lawyer Experience, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE January 6, 2003
  • Presenter, Certified Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Training, MCLE, May 12, 1997, July 23, 1997, December 30, 1997, and June 26, 1998
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 19 and 27, 2007
  • Presenter, Creating Families Through Assisted Reproductive Technology, Adoption, and Third Party Custody, 8th Annual Rainbow Families Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 22, 2003
  • Presenter, Adoption Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 21, 1998
  • Presenter, Discussion of Proposed ARTS Legislation, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 8, 2007
  • Hennepin County Department of Family Court Services, Washington County Bar Association, November 6, 2002
  • Presenter, Psychological Testing in Family Law: The Lawyer’s Perspective, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 28, 2003
  • Presenter, Children and Mental Health in Minnesota, Medical Education Services, Inc., September 25, 1998
  • Presenter with Jody O. DeSmidt, Esq., and Randle Corfman, M.D., Legal Questions about Assisted Reproductive Technology, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 15, 2008
  • Adoption Law and the Family: Facing the 21st Century, 54 Bench & Bar of Minnesota 37, December 1997
  • Presenter, Lawyers, Contracts, and Courts: Creating A Legally Recognized Parent-Child Relationship Using Assisted Reproductive Technology, Tenth Annual Infertility-Hoping & Coping Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 15, 2003
  • Presenter, Adoptions: Can We Ensure They Are for Life?, National Association of Legal Secretaries National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 11, 1998
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 20, 2008
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Minnesota Law School. Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 1993 - May 1995
  • Presenter, Family and Juvenile Law Practice in Tribal Courts, 24th Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, April 1, 2003
  • Presenter, Juvenile Court Issues, Third Party Issues, Grandparent Issues, and Other Unusual Family Law Matters, ADR and Family Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 3, 1998
  • Lecturer, Drafting Contracts in Assisted Reproduction Cases, University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 26, 2008
  • Presenter, Assisted Reproductive Technology: What Every Estate Planning Attorney Should Know, 28th Annual Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, MCLE, June 11, 2002
  • Presenter, Creating Families Through Assisted Reproductive Technology, Adoption, and Third-Party Custody, RESOLVE, Minnesota Chapter, Calvary Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5, 2003
  • Co-Chairman, Presenter, Adoption Law in Minnesota, National Business Institute, December 8, 1998
  • Presenter, Responding to Child Protection Investigations in Juvenile Court, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 9, 2008
  • Contributing Author, Minnesota to "Family Law in the 50 States: Case Digests," Family Law Quarterly, American Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Presenter, Permanency Mediation in Juvenile Court: Special Issues in Adoption and Child Protection Mediation, 2003 Annual Conference of the Family Law Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Denver, Colorado, July 10, 2003
  • Presenter, Legal Aspects of Adoption, RESOLVE’S Annual Infertility and Adoption Conference, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, September 20, 2003
  • Presenter, An Update on the Putative Father's Adoption Registry, Hennepin County Juvenile Law Committee, January 21, 1998
  • Presenter, Domestic Adoption 101, Resolve's 2008 Family Building Conference, Midwest Region, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 17, 2008
  • Co-Authored, Private CHIPS Petitions in Minnesota: the Historical and Contemporary Treatment of Children in Need of Protection or Services, with Wright S. Walling, 20 William Mitchell L. Rev. 781, 1994
  • Presenter, Third Party Custody in Minnesota, Tenth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Training, Anoka, Minnesota, September 23, 2003
  • Presenter, Family Law and Teens, Legal Expo 99, Hennepin County and Ramsey County Bar Associations March 3, 1999
  • Presenter with Sandra K. Hewitt, Ph.D., Managing Child Abuse Allegations in Custody Cases, 45th Annual Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, May 31, 2008
  • Editor, Legal Stuff, Hennepin County Bar Association, and on-going updates, publication for students discussing miscellaneous legal issues, March 1994
  • Presenter, Custody Outside the Box: New and Unusual Custody Situations, Family Law Mediation Skills, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 11, 2003
  • Presenter, Marketing Your Family Law Practice, 20th Family Law Institute, MCLE, April 6, 1999
  • Presenter, Handling Contested and Disrupted Adoptions, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 11, 2008
  • The Due Process Revolution and the Juvenile Court: the Matter of Race in the Historical Evolution of a Doctrine, 5 Law & Inequality 513, 1988
  • Presenter, Creating Families Through Assisted Reproductive Technology, Ninth Annual Rainbow Families Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 28, 2004
  • Presenter, Emerging Discovery Issues in Family Law, Minnesota Law & Politics, June 8, 1999
  • Facilitator, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Alternative Dispute Resolution, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Breezy Point, Minnesota, September 18-21, 2008
  • Co-Authored, Post-Decree Custody Modification: Moving Out of State, with Nancy Zalusky Berg, 10 Am.J. of Fam.L. 183, Winter, 1996
  • Presenter, When Parents Can't Parent Their Children: Third Party Custody, CHIPS Proceedings, De Facto Custodians, Guardianships, and Adoption, 25th Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, March 29, 2004
  • Organizer, Tribal Courts and Family Law in Minnesota, MSBA Annual Convention, Duluth, MN, July 1, 1999
  • Presenter, Negotiating and Litigating Step-Parent Adoptions, Disrupted Adoptions, and Contested Adoptions, 30th Annual Family Law Institute, St. Paul , Minnesota, MCLE, March 30, 2009
  • A Children's Rights Approach to Relocation: A Meaningful Best Interests Standard, 15 J. of the Am. Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 75 1999, cited by the Rhode Island Supreme Court in its leading decision on relocation, Dupre v. Dupre, No. 2002-0300, R.I. July 30, 2004
  • Presenter, Legal Aspects of Adoption, RESOLVE Adoption Education Series, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 10, 2004
  • Presenter, AAAA Mediation Committee Training Session, 1999 Mid-Year American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Meeting, Estes Park, Colorado, September 23, 1999
  • Presenter, Tribal Court Practice in Child Protection and Custody Matters, 46th Annual Conference, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 28, 2009
  • Book Review of Christopher P. Manfredi, The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice (Kansas 1997), 42 Am. J. of Legal History 343, July, 1998
  • Book Review of E. Wayne Carp, Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption (Harvard 1998), 47 Am. J. of Legal History 110, January 2005
  • Presenter, Domestic Adoption - Legal Aspects, RESOLVE of Minnesota Family Building Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2, 2004
  • Presenter, Disclosure Issues, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Divorce Camp X, October 3, 1999
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 11, 2009
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Amicus Curiae Practice, 11 MSBA Family Law Forum 40, March 2000
  • Presenter, What You Say is What You Get: Oral and Written Communication Skills for Family Law Practitioners, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Competence & Conscience and Family Law Conference, Breezy Point, Minnesota, October 8, 2004
  • Presenter, Child Custody and Time Sharing in Minnesota, National Business Institute, December 14, 1999
  • Presenter, Legal Questions about Assisted Reproductive Technology: Drafting Agreements and Establishing Parentage, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 17, 2009
  • Presenter and Course Chairperson, Interstate Custody Disputes: Understanding and Applying the UCCJEA, as part of a larger seminar entitled "International and Interstate Family Law Conflict: Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support Issues," Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 24, 2009
  • The Current State of Third-Party Custody Law in Minnesota, 72 The Hennepin Lawyer 18, September/October 2003
  • Presenter, Adoption Rules 101: What You Should Know about the New Minnesota Rules of Adoption Procedure, MSBA Children and the Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 16, 2004
  • Moderator and Presenter, Family and Juvenile Issues in Tribal Court, 21st Family Law Institute, MCLE, March 29, 2000
  • Course Chairperson and Presenter, Solving the Most Difficult Problems in Divorce Cases: An Advanced Level Seminar, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 17, 2009
  • Adoption Mediation (chapter), Adoption Law: Practice and Procedure in the 21st Century, New York State Bar Association, 2004
  • Presenter, Advising the Disadvantaged: Representing Children in Juvenile, Probate, and Family Court, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, February 15, 2005
  • Presenter, Effective Marketing of Your Family Law Practice, 21st Family Law Institute, MCLE March 30, 2000
  • Panel Participant, Immigration Law and Family Law: Marriage, Divorce, Adoption and the Rights of Children, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 10, 2009
  • Book Review of Margaret K. Rosenheim, Franklin E. Zimring, David S. Tanenhaus, and Bernardine Dohrn, editors, A Century of Juvenile Justice (Chicago 2002), 44 Am. J. of Legal History 500, October 2004
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hennepin County Bar Association, February 18, 2005
  • Presenter, Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution as Applied to Disputes Involving Adoption, 2000 Annual Meeting, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Perdido Beach Resort, Alabama, April 28, 2000
  • Presenter, Representing Children in Juvenile, Probate, and Family Court, as part of a larger seminar entitled “Advising the Disadvantaged I: A Toolkit for Pro Bono and Public Interest Attorneys,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 16, 2010
  • Children's Issues and Tribal Courts, Family Law Forum, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2008
  • Presenter, New Adoption Procedural Rules and Amendments to the Guardian Ad Litem Rules: An Overview and Analysis, 26th Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCLE, March 30, 2005
  • Presenter, The Status of Assisted Reproductive Technology Services in Minnesota, 2000 Annual Meeting, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Perdido Beach Resort, Alabama, April 30, 2000
  • Facilitator, Law, Literature, Legal Ethics, and Elimination of Bias, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 18, 2010
  • Editor/Revisor, Summary Guide to Minnesota Adoption Law and Procedure: Resources, Timing, and Deadlines, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2008
  • Presenter, Domestic Relations in the 21st Century, North Dakota Judicial Institute, University of North Dakota Law School, Grand Forks, North Dakota, May 24, 2005
  • Presenter, Mediating Third-Party and Grandparent Custody and Visitation Disputes, Family Support Project, Ramsey County Human Services, May 24, 2000

Representative Clients:

  • In Re the Matter of A.M.P., 507 N.W.2d 616, Minn. App. 1993
  • Hubbard County Health and Human Services v. Zacher, 742 N.W.2d 223, Minn. App. 2007
  • Weiler v. Lutz, 512 N.W.2d 868, Minn. 1994
  • In the Matter of the Custody of S.E.G., A.L.W., and V.M.G., 115 S.Ct.935, 1995
  • In Re the Adoption of C.H. and A.H., 554 N.W.2d 737, Minn. 1996
  • In the Matter of the Custody of N.A.K., 649 N.W.2d 166, Minn. 2002
  • Van Meveren v. Van Meveren, 603 N.W.2d 671, Minn. App. 1999
  • In Re the Welfare of D.L., 113 S. Ct. 603, 1992
  • In the Matter of the Custody of S.E.G., A.L.W., and V.M.G., 521 N.W.2d 357, Minn. 1994
  • Silbaugh v. Silbaugh, 543 N.W.2d 639, Minn. 1996
  • Rolf Rodgers v. Lisa Rodgers, 622 N.W. 2d 813, Minn. 2000
  • In Re the Custody of A.S.R., 539 N.W.2d 607, Minn. App. 1995
  • In Re the Welfare of D.L., 486 N.W.2d 375, Minn. 1992
  • In Re the Matter of S.T. and N.T., 512 N.W.2d 894, Minn. 1994
  • Matter of the Paternity of J.A.V., 547 N.W.2d 374, Minn. 1996
  • In Re the Petition of Louis and Carole Santoro for Visitation Pursuant to Minn. Stat. $257.022, 594 N.W.2d 174, Minn. 1999

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, M.A., in American Legal and Constitutional History, July, 1991
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, B.A. in History, Minor: Literature and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, May, 1984

Industry Groups

  • Academy Of Adoption And Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • International Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
Office Location for Gary A. Debele

1400 Fifth Street Towers
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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