Debra E. Yerigan

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3624

dyerigan@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Amy Stewart

612-672-3658

Profile

Debra Yerigan does one thing and she does it well – she zealously represents clients in Family Court matters.  During her 30-plus year as a family law attorney, she has become a lawyer other lawyers depend on when someone they know is facing challenging issues.           

Debra’s many years in the courtroom make her well-suited to represent parties in cases involving complicated financial issues such as valuation of businesses, non-marital property, intricate income streams and spousal maintenance.  She is adept at navigating the sensitivities involved when negotiating custody and parenting time.  Outside of the courtroom, individuals turn to Debra for advice when preparing to enter into prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

For her work, Debra has received multiple recognitions from her peers and Minnesota Lawyer including, “Top 40 Minnesota Family Law Attorneys,” “Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers” and “Top 100 Super Lawyers.”  Debra is also regularly recognized as a “Top Family Law Attorney in America” by Best Lawyers®.

Representative Experience
  • Represented individual with unique assets in divorce proceeding to successfully retain fighter jet and obtain visitation of beloved family pet.

  • Preserved multi-generational family wealth for multiple clients in numerous divorce proceedings.

  • Represented client in limiting spousal maintenance obligation to a temporary duration in complex divorce involving issues related to non-working spouse.

  • Represented client in dispute involving spousal maintenance obligation, limiting payment to less than one-third of the amount requested from opposing party.

  • Represented individual wrongly accused of abuse in obtaining custody and parenting time.

  • Successfully limited access to children by a parent with a history of behavioral issues which jeopardized the safety of the children.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • Author, “Bulletproof Prenups: Drafting and Litigating Antenuptial Agreements in a Post-Kremer World” – Minnesota CLE, 2017

  • Author, “The Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act: What Family Law Lawyers Need to Know” – Minnesota CLE , 2015

  • Author, “Elimination of Bias: Working with Family Law Clients from Diverse Cultures” – Minnesota CLE, 2013

  • Author, “Family Law Series: New Family Court Rules” – Minnesota CLE, 2012

  • Author, “New Rules! 2012 Amendments to the General Rules of Practice Family Court Procedure” – Minnesota CLE, 2012

  • Author, “Advanced Appellate Practice for Family Law Attorneys” – Minnesota CLE, 2012

  • Author, “Basic Appellate Practice for Family Law Attorneys” – Minnesota CLE, 2012

  • Author, “Basics of Spousal Maintenance” – Minnesota CLE, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012

  • Author, “What Lawyers Love and Hate About Mediators and Arbitrators” – Minnesota CLE, 2011

  • Feature, “Divorce with Dignity” – Super Lawyers, August 2010

  • Author, “The Rules of Family Court Procedure: Are They Changing?” – Minnesota CLE, 2010

  • Author, “20 Rules and Requirements That Minnesota Family Law Lawyer Must Know” – Minnesota CLE, 2008

  • Author, “Documents Made Easy: Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Contempt Motion Papers” – Minnesota CLE, 2007

  • Author, “10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Family Law Appeals” – Minnesota CLE, 2007

Presentations

  • Presenter, “Preparing for ‘I don’t’: New Landmines in Antenuptial Agreement Drafting and Enforcement” – Hennepin County and Ramsey County Bar Associations, 2017

  • Presenter, “Kremer V. Kremer: What’s Up With Prenups?” – Olmstead Family Bar Association, 2017

  • Facilitator, Divorce Camp – Minnesota Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006-2013, 2015

  • Presenter, “Trial Preparation for Your Case in Chief Including Preparation of Your Client for Direct Examination” – Hennepin County Bar Association, 2015

  • Presenter, “Uffda! In Minnesota, the Fraudulent Transfers Act (UFTA) Applies to Divorce” – Hamline University School of Law, 2014

  • Presenter, “Minnesota Same Sex Marriage and Its Impact on Family Law Practitioners”- Hamline University School of Law, 2013

  • Presenter, “New Rules of Family Court Procedure” – Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012

  • Presenter, “There’s A Rule About That” – Minnesota Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012

Professional & Community

Admissions

  • Minnesota

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

  • Minnesota Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Board of Examiners

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Community Involvement

  • St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs, Advisory Council

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Development Committee