ATTORNEYS

Dove Fretland, PLLP attorneys provide experienced counsel and assistance in the Twin Cities  for people who are seeking help with family law issues including prenuptial agreements, divorce, custody, same sex family law issues and estate planning. We are tough, compassionate attorneys dedicated to creating a brighter future for our clients. We invite you to learn more about our lawyers' experience and professional credentials at their attorney profile pages below:

RECOGNITION: LAURA K. FRETLAND

SUPER LAWYERS SINCE 2005 & BEST LAWYERS SINCE 2014

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SENIOR PARTNER

Laura K. Fretland

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As 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 (prenuptial) 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
  • 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 SINCE 2015

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OF COUNSEL

Lori A. McLaughlin

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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.

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.

Senior Partner, Paul D. Dove

Paul D. Dove

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Paul has been involved in real estate, business, banking and litigation matters for over 40 years. 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. He is admitted to the Minnesota and U.S. Federal Courts 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