ATTORNEYS

Dove Fretland, PLLP, attorneys provide experienced counsel and assistance in the Twin Cities family law, divorce and estate planning. We are tough, compassionate attorneys dedicated to creating a brighter future for our clients.


As family law attorneys we know firsthand how difficult divorce can be from an emotional, financial and legal perspective and we are committed to guiding our clients through the process in the most efficient and amicable way possible.


We invite you to learn more about our lawyers' experience and professional credentials at their attorney profile pages below:

Senior Partner, Paul D. Dove

Paul D. Dove Esq.

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After practicing law for over 40 years, one would think that Paul has seen it all. However, he is quick to point out that the law is ever changing with constant new challenges. Paul has been involved in real estate, business, banking and litigation matters since his early years of practice. He learned the practical side of real estate by starting out as a licensed real estate broker. He has gone on to become a certified real estate law specialist and has been named as one of the top 100 real estate super lawyers by Law and Politics magazine.

One telling factor about Paul's style of practice is the number of years that he has represented the same clients. Often planning the start up of the business, he has gone on to consulting and handling various legal matters through the years and then helped  to guide the principals through sale and retirement. He always looks for practical solutions that have the client's best interests at heart. Often, a well-planned strategy, or well worded document, can result in the avoidance of lawsuits and other legal issues.

Paul is well respected throughout the legal community as a person well prepared, in both negotiations and litigation, extremely devoted to his clients and as a person who's word is always his bond. He is admitted to the Minnesota and U.S. Federal Courts, is a Minnesota Bar Association member, has been active in many community and civic projects and is active in the management of Dove Fretland, PLLP. Paul graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a member of the Dean's List throughout his years in school.

AREAS OF PRACTICE & EDUCATION

  

  • AREAS OF PRACTICE:
  • 55% Real Estate
  • 25% business
  • 15% Estate Planning
  • 5% Probate


  • CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES:
  • Real Property Specialist, MN State Bar Assn


  • BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Minnesota, 1964
  • U.S. District Court District of MN, 1965


  • EDUCATION
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • L.L.B. cum laude
  • Law Review: U of MN Law Review, 1962 - 1963


  • Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
  • B.A.:  Major: Speech


  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • MN State Bar Association, 1964 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, 1964 - Present

RECOGNITION: LAURA K. FRETLAND

SUPER LAWYERS & BEST LAWYERS

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Senior Partner

Laura K. Fretland, Esq.

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A family law attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Laura Fretland works with clients to provide quality legal representation geared toward each client's circumstances. This includes helping the client determine which process is most appropriate, whether litigation, negotiated settlement, collaborative law, or mediation.


Laura's  goal is to provide the legal advice and expertise clients need to make good decisions about their divorce and their future. Ms. Fretland graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983, and has lectured and published materials for lawyers on topics including elder law divorce and antenuptial agreements. She is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute and a number of other family law organizations.

AREAS OF PRACTICE & EDUCATION

  

  • AREAS OF PRACTICE:
  • 100% Family Law


  • BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Minnesota, 1983


  • EDUCATION
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • JD
  • Law Review: U of MN Law Review, 1982 - 1983

 

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2005-2019
  • Top Women Lawyers
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in: Collaborative Law  & Family Law 5 years.

RECOGNITION: LORI A. MCLAUGHLIN

SUPER LAWYERS 2015-2019

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OF COUNSEL

Lori A. McLaughlin, Esq.

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Lori is a family law attorney who represents clients in a wide variety of matters, some of which include paternity, custody, child support, spousal maintenance, complex nonmarital tracing, division of business interests and awards of closely-held corporations/partnerships, grandparent visitation, adoption, and premarital and post-marital agreements.


Lori adopts a pragmatic approach with her clients aimed at achieving her clients' short term and long term goals. She is very familiar with the multitude of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and works to achieve settlement whenever possible. But should settlement efforts fail and trial become necessary, Lori is a skilled litigator adept at providing strong and aggressive legal advocacy on behalf of her clients.


Lori understands that family law issues are often the most emotionally wrenching experience that people are forced to confront in their lifetime. She strives to optimal results for her clients, all the while trying to minimize the emotional and economic effects that divorce can have on families and children. She does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach but instead tailors her representation around the needs specifically suited to each client.


Lori is active and involved with the Minnesota Bar: 4th District Ethics Committee; Faculty and Facilitator for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Divorce Camp; Past Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Network Family Law Committee; Mentor Attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Network; and Current Family Law League Member. She is also a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Association.


Previously, Lori clerked for the Honorable Tony N. Leung in the Fourth Judicial District. Lori also served as a law clerk the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and interned with the Dakota County Attorney's Office. Lori is also a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 – MN Rules of Gen. Prac.

AREAS OF PRACTICE & EDUCATION

  

  • AREAS OF PRACTICE:
  • 100% Family Law


  • BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Minnesota, 1998
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 2001


  • EDUCATION
  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.  1997
  • Hamline University – College of Liberal Arts, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Major: Political Science

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Super Lawyer 2015-2019
  • Top Women Lawyers
  • Rising Stars: 2008-2009
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in: Collaborative Law  & Family Law 5 years.