By listening to and understanding her clients’ goals, Laura crafts their estate plans in a manner that implements their wishes in a tax efficient manner.

Overview

Laura counsels clients in all aspects of estate planning, including structuring lifetime gifts, business succession plans and prenuptial agreements. She represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in probate and trust administration matters, gift and estate tax filings and audits, and in disputed probate and trust matters. She works collaboratively with financial advisors, accountants, corporate and individual trustees, and beneficiaries to administer estates and trusts efficiently and professionally.

Laura’s patience and her experience with large and sometimes contentious trusts and estates combine to make her a trusted advisor for clients, especially in stressful times. Her ability to understand disputes from each individual stakeholder’s position helps her craft creative solutions and minimize pain and worry. She is especially gifted at helping business owners craft and implement realistic, tax-savvy succession plans and administering complex, disputed trusts and estates.

Laura chairs the firm's Tax, Trusts and Estates Division and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

Laura served as lead counsel for the special administrator of the estate of Minneapolis recording artist Prince Rogers Nelson, one of the most notable intestate estates in recent history.

Laura recently assisted in reforming a client’s trust to reduce multi-million dollar estate tax liability.

She has been successful in resolving multiple multi-million dollar trust administration disputes outside of court, saving all parties significant associated legal fees. She has also successfully negotiated multi-million dollar estate tax audits with state and federal taxing authorities.

Laura helps ultra-high net worth business owners and families meet a variety of business and personal objectives while minimizing gift and estate taxes. 

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Recognitions

Recognitions

Repeatedly named among The Best Lawyers in America©

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars and Super Lawyers®

Honored with the North Star Lawyer award from the Minnesota State Bar Association for volunteering more than 50 hours to pro bono service, 2014-2018

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Ordway, Board Member, Advancement Planning Committee

Friends School of Minnesota, Executive Committee, School Committee, Recording Clerk and Former Co-Chair of Development Committee

Volunteer mediator for Hennepin County Probate Court

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Former Chair, Probate & Trust Law Section Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee

Hennepin County Bar Association

Arizona Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

William Mitchell College of Law, Former Adjunct Professor

University of Wisconsin Women in Philanthropy-Twin Cities Chapter, Charter Member

University of Wisconsin Law School Employment at Graduation Task Force, Former Member

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A., Finance and Management, with distinction 

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