Nancy Berg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC
 | 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-335-4282
Fax: 612-767-4405
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • International (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

The owner of Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC, Nancy Berg focuses her practice exclusively on family law issues. From the firm's office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she provides representation to clients throughout the state in a variety of related matters. Ms. Berg assists people who are facing the end of their marriages and who are needing to deal with such issues as the division of complex business interests, child custody and visitation, and alimony and child support. With her extensive experience in mediation, she will at times encourage her clients to reach an accord on some of these issues through that alternative dispute resolution method, but she is a tireless and forceful courtroom advocate for them as well.

In addition to her matrimonial practice, Ms. Berg has extensive experience in helping to obtain appropriate protective orders for clients who have been the victims of domestic violence. She has also handled several cases arising under the Hague Convention of Oct. 25, 1980, on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as well as other international family law matters. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, Ms. Berg has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo. She has delivered dozens of presentations on a variety of family law topics to continuing legal education seminar attendees as well.

Majoring in law and justice, Ms. Berg attended Antioch College as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1976. Her legal education was obtained at what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1980. The current president of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, Ms. Berg is an active participant in several other professional organizations.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

International (10%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018

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About Nancy Berg

Admitted: 1980, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://nzbfamilylaw.com/teams/nancy-zalusky-berg/

Honors/Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer, 1997
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, William Mitchell College of Law, 1996
  • AV Preeminent by American Registry since 1995
  • Top 40 lawyers in the Family Law, Law & Politics
  • Minnesota’s “Super Lawyers” of Law & Politics, Minnesota Monthly and Mpls-St. Paul magazines since 1993
  • Named in Minnesota Law and Politics, one of "Top 100 Lawyers", 1999
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith, 1993 - Present
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America, Steven Naifeh, 2006
  • Featured in Law and Leading Attorneys, a Minnesota Consumer Guidebook, 1994 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Hennepin County Family Court – Volunteer Referee 1984
  • Fourth Judicial District Court Arbitrator – Appointed July 1985
  • Parenting Coordination – trained by Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. 2006
  • 40-Hour Family Mediation Training

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2014
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Professionalism and Professional Conduct Committee
  • President, International Academy of Family Lawyers, 2016 – Present
  • Vice Chair, Chair, American Bar Association, Fourth District Bar Association Ethics Committee, 1985 - 2003
  • Appointed, Fourth Judicial District Court Arbitrator, 1985
  • Board of Examiners, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Midwest Custody Project: Collaboration of Legal and Mental Health Professionals
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Interdisciplinary Committee on Divorce
  • Minnesota Advisory Board, Leading American Attorneys
  • Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, 2009 – Present
  • Cooperative Practice Network (National)
  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Committee on Economic Consequences of Child Abuse
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Child Abuse Committee
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee, Diversity Committee
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Elder Law Section, Plebiscite Committee
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Associations
  • Member, Minnesota Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Associations
  • Member, International Bar Associations
  • Board Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AAML Foundation, 2012
  • Board of Governors, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996 - 2004
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, 2012
  • President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, 1995 - 1996
  • Editorial Board, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, IAML Journal
  • Parliamentarian, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, 2006 - 2008
  • President-Elect, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, 2008 - 2010
  • President, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, 2010 - 2012
  • United State Supreme Court, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals; 8th Circuit, 1980
  • United States District, District of Minnesota, 1980
  • Minnesota, 1980

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, Women Venture, 1992 – 2000
  • Hennepin County Medical Society - Child Abuse Project, 1983
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Volunteer, Hennepin County Settlement Program
  • Volunteer Referee, Hennepin County Family Court, 1984
  • Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Institute Of Black Chemical Abuse, 1982 - 1985
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Responses of Children, INC, 1983 – 1986
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council - Pornography and Art: A Symposium, 1990
  • Vice Chairperson, TURNING POINT, INC., March 1994 - December 1994
  • Board of Directors, TURNING POINT, INC., 1993 - Present
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, WOMEN VENTURE, 1992 - 2000
  • State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services - "Reasonable Efforts" Committee - Legislative Mandate to examine unnecessary placement of children, 1988 - 1992
  • Board of Directors, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR INTERRACIAL INTERACTION/INTERRACE, 1988 - Present
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, RESPONSES TO END ABUSE OF CHILDREN, INC., 1983 - 1986
  • CHRYSALIS: Women's Center Legal Advice Clinics, 1982 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and the Child's Objection: The U.S. Experience with The Hague Convention Article 13 and 13(b) Exceptions, Osaka, Japan, Invitation of the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center and Japan Federation of Bar Associations: Symposium on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, August 5, 2011
  • “Post Decree Custody Modification: Moving Out of State and Changes to the Parenting Relationship” (Co-Author with Gary A. Debele), American Journal of Family Law, Volume 4, Number 4, January, 1996
  • Presenter, Co-Chair, Professionalism and Ethics In Family Law: Is There A Conflict Between The Code of Professional Responsibility And "Collaborative" Practice?, 17th Annual Family Law Seminar, December 12, 2001
  • Women Lawyers as Leaders: Conscience and Courage, Minnesota Women Lawyers, October, 1995
  • At Odds with your Client – Termination of Representation, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, November 30, 1999
  • Presenter, Ethics and Elimination of Bias - Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom, Hennepin County Bar Association, May 17, 2001
  • Presenter, International Relocation, Minnesota State Bar Association - Family Law Institute, March 26, 2012
  • Presenter, Ethics and Elimination of Bias - Investigations at the District Ethics Committee: Recurring Issues in a Litigation Practice, Minnesota Association of Trial Lawyers, May 12, 2000
  • Presenter, Divorce, Parenting & Maintenance - Income Determinations, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, February 27, 2001
  • Presenter, Bicentennial Constitution and the Family, Minneapolis Public Library, 1987
  • Presenter, Sexual Abuse of Children, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1988
  • Presenter, Difficult Child Custody Cases, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Caribbean Conference, 1989
  • Presenter, How to Respond to Allegations of Sex Abuse, Tenth Annual Family Law Institute, 1989
  • Presenter, Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 1991
  • Presenter, When Professionals Divorce, Advanced Legal Education, 1991
  • Presenter, How to Try the Spousal Maintenance Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
  • Presenter, A Custody and Visitation Paradigm, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
  • Presenter, The Hidden Dynamics of Marriage Dissolution, Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
  • Presenter, Family Law: Spousal Maintenance, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
  • Presenter, Dealing with Multi-Jurisdictional Custody Disputes, Twelfth Annual Family Law Institute, 1992
  • Presenter, Ethical Complaints about Governmental Lawyers, 1992
  • Presenter, Piercing The Public Shield, 1992
  • Presenter, National Business Institute, Inc: Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, 1992
  • Presenter, Midwest Custody Project: Custody Evaluations and the Courtroom, Minnesota Psychological Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, 1993
  • Presenter, Malpractice Issues in Family Law, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, 1993
  • Presenter, "What's Love Got to Do With It", Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993
  • Presenter, Professionals At Risk, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1993
  • Presenter, Its Not Just Divorce Anymore; Paternity, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1994
  • Presenter, Strategies & Techniques for Women Negotiators, 1994
  • Presenter, Landmines for Small Law Firms, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1994
  • Presenter, Protecting Your Clients Yourself; Recognizing Client Repair Possibilities In Family Law Cases, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual: Avoiding the Dragon, 1994
  • Presenter, CLE: Child Custody & Placement, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1994
  • "Divorce Trek V - The Next Generation", Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994
  • Presenter, 16th Annual Family Law Institute: Effective Marital Dissolution Practice, 1995
  • Objections at Trial and How to Deal With the Difficult Lawyer, National Practice Institute, 1995
  • Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Convention: Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1995
  • Presenter, The Cutting Edge of Gender Warfare, Spousal Maintenance, 1995
  • Presenter, Post-Decree Custody Modification: Moving Out of State and Changes to the Parenting Relationship (co-authored with Gary A. Debele), Law Education Institute and BNA, Inc, 1996
  • Presenter, "Divorce Camp VII - Removal: The Ties that Bind", Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996
  • Presenter, Minnesota Women Lawyers: Life/work balance, 1996
  • Presenter, State Bar of South Dakota Domestic Relations CLE, April 25, 1997
  • Presenter, Institute for Training New Lawyers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
  • Presenter, Visitation Access By Any Other Name, Minnesota Institute Legal Education, December 18, 1997
  • Presenter, Representation of Difficult Clients, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE, February 14, 1998
  • Presenter, Marketing for Lawyers: Trends, Tips and Techniques, All District Legal Education CLE, May 13, 1998
  • Presenter, Dealing With Difficult Clients, Lawyers and Judges, Minnesota State Bar Association, General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section CLE, June 26, 1998
  • Presenter, ADR and Family Law - Replacing Litigation with Communication, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 3, 1998
  • Presenter, Emerging Discovery Issues in Family Law Practice, Law & Politics CLE, June 8, 1999
  • Presenter, Institute for Training New Lawyers, American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, Ft. Worth, Texas, June 12, 1999
  • Presenter, All District Legal Education CLE, Ethics and Eliminating Bias: Practical Realities, November 29, 2001
  • Presenter, "The State of the Law with Regard to Parenting Schedules for Very Young Children", Hennepin County Bar Association, CLE: Parenting Plans for Infants and Young Children, February 27, 2002
  • Presenter, Ethics of Zealous Advocacy for Your Divorce Client, All District Legal Education CLE Proactive Family Law, April 18, 2002
  • Presenter, Zealous Advocacy, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Law Firm Organization: Style, Size and Soul, May 31, 2002
  • Presenter, Family Law Faux Pas, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Ethics & Bias, June 26, 2002
  • Presenter, Seminar: "Best Interests of the Child in Court: Today and Tomorrow", Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002
  • Presenter, Dealing with Clients with Mental Health Issues, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Mental Illness, May 9, 2003
  • Presenter, Licensure Issues as a Result of Sexual Harassment, Inappropriate Sexual Behavior, Physical Abuse and Mental Injury, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education Professionals at Risk, June 11, 2003
  • Presenter, CLE: Parenting Consultants, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2006
  • Presenter, Drinking the Kool-Aid, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ? USA Chapter, 2009
  • Presenter, Global Implications at the End of the Road: Anticipating, Recognizing, and Dealing with International Legal Issues in Family Law Matters, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ? Oregon Chapter, April 16, 2010
  • Presenter, Cooperative Practice in Family Law Proceedings, Ramsey County Bar Association, April 28, 2010
  • Presenter, Ethics of Difficult Family Law Representations, Hennepin County Bar Association, June 8, 2010
  • Presenter, 35th Annual Convention: Dispute Resolution, Hispanic National Bar Association, September 9, 2010
  • Presenter, Be Careful What You Pray For, Divorcing Divas, August 5, 2010
  • Presenter, Intersection of Law and Mental Health, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, March 14, 2012
  • Presenter, International Relocation: U.S. Constitutional Challenges to Hearing the Voice of a Child, American Bar Association International Section, May 25, 2012
  • Presenter, Two Can Play That Game, Minnesota Legal Ethics Summit II, June 18, 2012
  • Co-Authored, "Visitation Issues When There is a Move Out of State" with Brockman Schumacher, Jr., Family Law Forum, Volume 10, Number 2, August 1998
  • Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, National Business Institute, Inc., 1992
  • "Dealing With Difficult Clients, Difficult Lawyers and Difficult Judges" published at aaml.org, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers web site, 1998
  • "Dealing with Difficult Clients, Difficult Lawyers and Difficult Judges" published for the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2001
  • "Management of a High Conflict Custody Matter" published for the Minnesota Child Support and Child Custody Deskbook, June 2006
  • "The Smart Divorce" by Deborah Moskovitch, Chicago Review Press, Incorporated (2006) – extensively quoted, August 2006

Representative Clients:

  • Scala v. Pearson, 2010 WL 606967, Minn. App. 2010
  • Redleaf v. Redleaf, 2010 WL 3543458, Minn. App. 2010
  • Redleaf v. Redleaf, 807 N. W. 2d 371, Minn. App. 2011
  • Lofstrom v. Lofstrom, 1997 WL 118121, Minn. App. 1997
  • Schumacher v. Schumacher, 1996 WL 469341, Minn. App. 1996
  • Michaud v. Michaud, 1996 WL 344992, Minn. App.
  • Roban v. Roban, 1997 WL 471300, Minn. App. 1997
  • Heffelfinger v. Heffelfinger, 1996 WL 453562, Minn. App. 1996
  • Silbaugh v. Silbaugh, 543 N.W.2d 639, Minn. 1996
  • In re Custody of E.A.Q.D., 405 N.W.2d 262, Minn. App. 1987
  • In Re Welfare of J.K.M., 397 N.W.2d 14, Minn. App. 1987
  • Chafin v. Rude, 391 N.W.2d 882, Minn.App. 1986
  • Christman v. Christman, 360 N.W.2d 374, Minn. App. 1985
  • Newton v. Een, Minn. App.
  • Havrilak v. Havrilak, 1999 WL 261732m Minn. App.

Educational Background:

  • Antioch College, B.A., Major: Law and Justice, June, 1976

Industry Groups

  • AAML
  • ABA
  • AFCC
  • CPN
  • HCBA
  • IAFL
  • MSBA
  • MWL
  • VLN
Office Location for Nancy Berg

800 Washington Avenue North
Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-335-4282

Fax: 612-767-4405

 

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Last Updated: 5/31/2018

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