Lori A. McLaughlin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Dove Fretland, PLLP
 | 5881 Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 952-234-2163
Fax: 952-545-1793
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Lori A. McLaughlin serves as of counsel for DOVE FRETLAND PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. McLaughlin devotes her practice exclusively to family law, representing clients in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience and handles family law matters involving adoption, child support, child custody, complex property division, partnerships, paternity, pre- and post-marital agreements, spousal maintenance and division of business interests, including closely held corporations and partnerships.

    Ms. McLaughlin is a certified mediator and uses mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve disputes when possible. When litigation is necessary, she is prepared to go to court and fight on behalf of her clients.

    In addition to serving her clients, Ms. McLaughlin values professional education. She frequently speaks and teaches at professional conferences and seminars and is a former presenter on family law topics for organizations, including the Minnesota Council on Family Relations and the Minnesota Social Service Association.

    Committed to volunteer work, Ms. McLaughlin is a mentor attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Network and previously chaired the organization’s family law committee. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. She holds licenses to practice law before all Minnesota state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    Ms. McLaughlin received a political science degree from Hamline University and earned her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She served as a clerk with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and a Minnesota federal judge and as an intern with the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Family Law
    • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

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


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009

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    About Lori McLaughlin

    Admitted: 1998, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://familylawminn.com/attorneys


    • Rising Star by Minnesota Law and Politics, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, 2008-2009

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • ADR - Rule 114 Certified Mediator (Family Law Neutrals Roster), 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1998
    • Honorable Tony N. Leung(Federal Magistrate Judge) in the Fourth Judicial District, Clerk
    • Minnesota Bar, 4th District Ethics Committee
    • Family Law League Member
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2001
    • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
    • Dakota County Attorney's Office, Intern
    • Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Law Committee, Past Chair
    • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
    • Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Law Clerk
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Divorce Camp, Faculty and Facilitator

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Mentor Attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Network

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter, Family Law Primer: Divorce, Custody and Support, Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd., Lunch and Learn Series, September 1, 2003
    • Presenter, Family Law Primer: Divorce, Custody and Support, Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd, Lunch and Learn Series, June 1, 2005
    • Contributor, Celebrating Minnesota and the Sesquicentennial: 150 Years of Law, Lawyers and Justice, Minnesota Bar Association, 2008
    • Co-Presenter, How Family Formation Affects Legal Access and Rights, Minnesota Counsel on Family Relations, December 1, 2008
    • Presenter, Introduction to Family Law – An Overview of Issues Relative to Family Law matters, Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd., Lunch and Learn Series, January 1, 2009
    • Co-Presenter, How Family Formation Affects Legal Access and Rights, Minnesota Social Services Association, Spring Conference, 2009
    • Co-Presenter, Family Law Basics, Wagner, Falconer & Judd, Ltd., Lunch and Learn Series, June 1, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Hamline University – College of Liberal Arts, Minnesota, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1993

    Industry Groups

    • Business Owners
    • Non-Traditional Families
    • Same-Sex Couples
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    Office Location for Lori A. McLaughlin

    5881 Cedar Lake Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Phone: 952-234-2163

    Fax: 952-545-1793

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