Family Law Group Adds Longtime Super Lawyer® and Best Lawyer® Michelle Kniess

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Posted Dec 13, 2023

Messerli Kramer is thrilled to announce that Michelle Kniess has joined its thriving Family Law practice. Michelle arrives at MK after transitioning from a lengthy career in both the large-firm world and in running her own firm, choosing MK because of its nationally renowned status as a top-tier Family Law practice. She is dual licensed and takes a problem-solving approach to her cases by attempting to avoid litigation and focusing more on collaboration between parties, often resulting in a more amicable outcome that is customized to a client’s needs.

“Michelle adds a depth of experience that further solidifies our group’s place among the best in the country,” said Gary Debele, head of Messerli Kramer’s Family Law practice. “And her licensure in both Minnesota and Wisconsin allows us to help even more clients navigating some of the most difficult moments in their lives.”

With 17 years of experience, Michelle Kniess has earned a reputation in the legal community for her compassion and integrity, and she has been honored for her outstanding client service, including being named to the annual Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® listings. She was also selected by her peers as a Top 10 Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.

A 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Kniess earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2005. She is admitted to practice before all Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts, as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is a rule 114 qualified neutral mediator and a Minnesota Parenting Consultant — and as a divorced single mother herself, Michelle Kniess is acutely familiar with the situations in which many of her clients find themselves.

“We’re constantly on the lookout for high-quality attorneys who produce high-quality work,” said Joshua Hasko, president of Messerli Kramer. “Michelle’s been on our radar for a while, and we’re thrilled to make it official.”

About Messerli Kramer’s Family Law Group

The attorneys in Messerli Kramer’s Divorce & Family Law group advise clients in all aspects of family law. From advising clients on prenuptial and antenuptial agreements to helping clients through the complexities of divorce and resolving issues around custody and parenting time, clients rely on our experienced attorneys to represent their best interests in court or at the negotiating table. Clients forming new families look to us for assistance with navigating the legal issues associated with assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and adoption. With our personal attention and responsiveness, Messerli Kramer’s Divorce & Family Law attorneys provide our clients with an accessible advocate they can trust.


  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Family Formation
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Juvenile and Child Protection
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law

Founded in 1965, Messerli Kramer is a top-20 law firm in Minnesota, with offices in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Plymouth. The firm offers eight distinct practice areas across three divisions, including government relations, banking and finance, corporate and business law, commercial real estate, business litigation, collections and creditors’ remedies, divorce and family law, and estate planning. Visit for more information or call 612.672.3600.