Ruta Johnsen

Top rated family law attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC
Ruta Johnsen
Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC

Practice Areas: Family law, International; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2016

Education: Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC

800 Washington Avenue North
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401 Visit website


Ruta Johnsen is an attorney at Nancy Zalusky Berg, LLC. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, providing a wide variety of services for her clients throughout the state. Ms. Johnsen's primary area involves people who are facing the end of their marriages and who are in many cases struggling to reach an accord on such divorce-related issues as the division of complex assets and debts, child custody and visitation, alimony and child support. While she is a forceful courtroom advocate, she will sometimes suggest that some of these matters be handled through negotiations or mediation.

Ms. Johnsen has extensive experience in other family law matters as well. She assists clients who are seeking the enforcement of or modifications to existing alimony, custody and visitation, and child support orders. She has handled paternity disputes as well as international child abductions governed by the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Ms. Johnsen's particular interest in children has led to her work on cases involving the termination of parental rights and matters involving child protective services.

Majoring in psychology, Ms. Johnsen attended the University of Alaska Anchorage as an undergraduate, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in 2007. After working in the child protection and juvenile justice areas, she decided to pursue a legal career, and to that end, she enrolled at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minneapolis. Ms. Johnsen was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2016, and she is admitted to practice in Minnesota as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Practice areas

Family law, International

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile law, Paternity, Marital property

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% International

First Admitted: 2016, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • University of Alaska-Anchorage, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2007  
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal District Court, District of Minnesota, 2017  
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Leadership Counsel, 2017
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota, 2016
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota
  • Family Law League  
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Moderator, What All Family Lawyers Should Know about CHIPs Cases. Family Law Institute 2018
  • Speaker, Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice, Minnesota Family Law Practice for Paralegals, 2018
  • Author, Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook – Custody Modification and Relocation in Minnesota, Chapter 14, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2017
  • Co-Author, Family Law: A Global Guide from Practical Law – Family Law in the United States: Minnesota, 2017
  • Author, Legal Stuff – Marriage and Family Chapter, 2017
  • Presenter, “Global Implications at the End of the Road: Anticipating, Recognizing, and Dealing with International Legal Issues in Family Law Matters.” July 13, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network

Office location for Ruta Johnsen

800 Washington Avenue North
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-335-4282


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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