Joshua N. Brekken

Attorney

Minneapolis

612.672.3725

jbrekken@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Amy Stewart

612-672-3658

Profile

Josh Brekken practices exclusively in the areas of family law and divorce.  With over five years of experience helping clients with complex and difficult family law matters, he has represented clients in many facets of family law including divorce, spousal maintenance, child custody, parenting time, child support, post-decree modifications, and family law appeals.  His experience in civil and business litigation as well as business law gives him a unique and more thorough perspective for all types of family law matters.

Of utmost importance to Josh is helping his clients achieve success and peace of mind through strong advocacy and the best legal avenues available. Josh is known for going the extra mile for his clients; for leaving no stone unturned; and making sure his clients’ interests and goals are at the forefront of every case.

Representative Experience
  • Represented client business owner in complex and highly contested divorce proceedings.

  • Obtained significant reduction in spousal maintenance and child support payments after client involuntarily lost employment.

  • Represented single father in obtaining a majority parenting-time schedule against mother who was abusing illegal substances in the presence of the parties minor child.

  • Guided many clients through amicable divorce process and obtained continuity in the parties’ children’s lives, and an equitable property settlement to maintain a fair standard of living.

  • Represented client in complex financial divorce, obtaining significant retirement funds which other party was attempting to claim were non-marital property.

  • Represented client in successfully defending a post-decree modification brought by his former spouse attempting to improperly grant her extra financial protections relating to the parties’ marital property division.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Understanding the Laws that Shape Employment” – Minnesota Business Finance Corporation Employment Law Seminar, May 1, 2018
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls” – Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, March 2018
  • Presenter, “Significant Changes for LLCs in Minnesota Law” – Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, January 2018
  • Presenter, “Human Resources and Employment Law 101” – Department of Employment and Economic Development Annual Seminar
Professional & Community

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Associations

  • 19th District Bar Association, Vice President
  • Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce