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Courtney Ernston

President
Phone: 651-384-2783
Courtney Ernston has advised contractors and small business owners for nearly a decade. After working in her family construction company growing up, focusing on representing contractors was a natural fit. Rather than addressing the purely legal aspec…
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Daniel Adkins

Founding Partner
Phone: 651-384-2784
Dan Adkins has become rather ‘the man to see’ in the region, for folks facing criminal charges, based solely on his record of success since moving his practice to Minnesota in 1996. Victories include pre-charge declines, evidence suppression in d…
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James Gempeler

Head of Criminal Defense
Phone: 651-384-2785
James Gempeler is one of the founders of North Star Criminal Defense. He focuses his practice on criminal defense and expungements because he believes that a mistake or a single event should not define that person. He is diligent in his preparation,…
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Jen Randolph Reise

Head of Business and Cannabis Law
Phone: 651-384-2819
Jen Randolph Reise is an attorney and entrepreneur. As the Head of Business and Cannabis Law at North Star Law Group, she advises business owners on formation, capital raising, and other corporate issues, especially (but not exclusively) in the legal…
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Jeff Willett

Head of Construction Law
Phone: 651-384-2809
Screw it. Swing it. Seal it. You name it, he’s done it. As a “recovering” contractor, Jeff has walked the muddy boots of both residential and commercial contractors. Before law school, Jeff spent over 30 years in the construction industry in a…
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Frederic W. (“Fritz”) Knaak

Head of Municipal and Real Estate Development Law
Phone: 651-384-3043
Fritz Knaak has been practicing law for nearly 45 years in Minnesota and 30 in Wisconsin and Colorado. He has tried cases and argued appeals throughout the country in both State and Federal Courts. For nearly that whole period he has been a City Atto…
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Jordan Espinoza

Lawyer
Jordan offers a unique blend of litigation and transactional law expertise. Inspired by his family’s entrepreneurial journey, he is dedicated to supporting small business owners, aiming to be a compassionate and trustworthy legal advisor.
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Sean Kehren

Lawyer
Sean has extensive experience working in litigation - specifically criminal defense. He truly understands the gravity of being charged criminally and has dedicated his life to defending the freedom of individuals.
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Professional Staff

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Sophie Hayek

VP of Operations & Paralegal
Phone: 651-384-2829
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Carrie Munson

Criminal Paralegal
Phone: 651-384-2948
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Paige Brunz

Paralegal
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Nikki Murray

Office Manager and Transactional Legal Assistant
Phone: 651-384-2782
Nicola (Nikki) Murray has had experience as an administrative assistant for over 12 years, and with North Star Law Group for 8 months. She is passionate about systems and processes; enjoys writing, gardening and cider.
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Ariadne Vieira

Paralegal Criminal/Traffic
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Colin Stephenson

Legal Administrator
Phone: 651-294-6348