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Michelle M. Kniess

  • Managing Attorney




Michelle Kniess devotes her entire practice to family law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her practice focuses on custody and parenting time, spousal maintenance, child support, and property valuation and division, including business interests. Michelle practiced as a business litigation attorney, and then as a family law attorney for several years, prior to opening Kniess Law, LLC. Michelle volunteers as an attorney through the Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Project and is a member of the Volunteer Lawyer's Network.

Michelle received her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2002. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the 19th District Bar Association (Washington County) where she was the former Secretary/Treasurer, the Minnesota Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Bar Association. Michelle is licensed to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Additionally, she was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine every year since 2011.

Areas of Practice

  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Asset Valuation/Division
  • Spousal Maintenance (alimony)
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Third Party Custody
  • Post-Decree
  • Antenuptial Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Jurisdiction
  • Cross Border Issues
  • Same Sex Marriage Dissolution

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 2005
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • B.S. - 2002
    • Major: Business Management


  • Presenter/Panel Member at the Minnesota Family Law Institute, March 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys: Top 10 under 40
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Family Law Committee, Adoption Law Subcommittee and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Family Law League
  • 19th District Bar Association (Washington County), Former Secretary/Treasurer
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral

Past Employment Positions

  • Lubov & Associates, LLC, Family Law Attorney
  • de Beer & Associates, PA, Family Law Attorney
  • Anthony Ostlund & Baer, PA, Business Litigation Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Project
  • Volunteer Lawyer's Network