Zachary Kretchmer

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in St. Louis Park, MN

Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC
 | 1600 Utica Ave S, Suite 900
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 612-254-2111
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Zachary Kretchmer is a family law attorney with Kretchmer Family Law, PLLC, and represents clients in the state of Minnesota. With almost two decades of experience, his practice is focused on the following family law areas: alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluations, child support, custody and parenting time, spousal maintenance, nonmarital property, complex financial matters and divorce. With a practice exclusively devoted to representing those who are facing the stress of changes to their families, he has a deep understanding of how important it is to provide cost-effective, fast solutions to complex problems.

    A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Mr. Kretchmer earned his Juris Doctor in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a board member of the organization’s Minnesota chapter. A founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a former co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

    Mr. Kretchmer is frequently invited to speak on advanced family law matters by both national and local organizations. A firm believer that clients need the best information to make the right decisions, he promises feedback, support, advice, guidance and advocacy that will help clients rather than just telling them what they want to hear.

    A believer that the needs of all children come first, and that preparation and organizations are vital, Mr. Kretchmer also believes in the power of thinking long-term and of the big picture. While he understands the value of negotiation, he is also prepared to go the distance through the courts if necessary.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Family Law
    • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

    Certificates and Credentials

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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    About Zachary Kretchmer

    Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://kretchmerfamilylaw.com/about-zak/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Rising Stars: 2009 – 2013
    • Top 100 (2017 - present), Minnesota Law & Politics, 2020
    • 2014 - Present, Super Lawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-chair, Divorce Camp Planning Committee, 2019
    • Minnesota Supreme Court, 2003
    • Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
    • Member, Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court
    • Fellow and member of the Board of Managers of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Program Co-chair, Family Law Section - Hennepin County Bar Association, 2008

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer attorney providing services for low-income clients through Tubman, 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (18 June, 2012)"New Lawyer: Family ADR Advocacy"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (4 June, 2012)"Family Law Basics"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (26 March, 2012)2012 Family Law Institute – "Annual Case Law & Legislative Update"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (21 November, 2011)"Family Law: Hot Topics"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (7 July, 2011)"Summer New Lawyer Experience"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (28 March, 2011)2011 Family Law Institute – "Annual Case Law & Legislative Update"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (19 January, 2011)"Introduction to Minnesota Family Law"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (28 November, 2007)"Child Support: MN's New Law in Practice"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (7 October, 2005)"Minnesota's New Child Support Law"
    • Mr. Kretchmer has been published in the Family Law Quarterly
    • 35th Annual Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2014)"Your First Minnesota Divorce" and "Annual Case Law & Legislative Update", Speaker, 2015
    • Family Law Forum: Dealing effectively with opposing counsel., 2009
    • Speaker, 35th Annual Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2014)"Your First Minnesota Divorce" and "Annual Case Law & Legislative Update"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (21 November, 2013)"Advanced Family Law 2013"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (21 June, 2013)"Your First Minnesota Divorce Case"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (19 March, 2013)2013 Family Law Institute – "Annual Case Law & Legislative Update"
    • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (22 June, 2012)"21st Century Practice: Family Law"

    Educational Background:

    • Masters in Business Communications, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN
    • B.A. in Journalism, University of Texas at Arlington
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    Comments

    • “He is whip smart and a pleasure to work with”
    • “Zak knows family law inside and out. He is reasonable, practical and smart. He's great at settling cases but is also a tough advocate.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Zachary Kretchmer

    1600 Utica Ave S
    Suite 900
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416

    Phone: 612-254-2111

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    Last Updated: 3/4/2021

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