Michelle M. Kniess





Assistant: Amy Stewart



Michelle Kniess focuses her practice on family law in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and she performs ADR services in Minnesota. Ms. Kniess takes a problem-solving approach to her cases, and advises clients in avoiding litigation to the extent possible. She is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute, where clients agree to embark on a divorce journey designed to take place outside of the courtroom.

Prior to jointing Messerli Kramer, Ms. Kniess owned a multi-attorney boutique family law firm for almost nine years: Kniess Law, LLC. As a prior business litigator, and past business owner, she understands the added complexities of business ownership in divorce. As a divorced single mother of two, she also knows how challenging the process of family law can be for the individuals involved.

Michelle Kniess has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity, as well as her unwavering resolve in helping her clients through a difficult and uncertain time in their lives. Honored for her outstanding client service, she has received countless testimonials and referrals from those she has served, and she has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, as well as a Top 10 Under 40 ranking from 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. Ms. Kniess is also a rule 114 qualified neutral mediator, a Minnesota Parenting Consultant, and is a qualified MSC and SENE/FENE provider.

Representative Experience
Publications & Presentations
Professional & Community


  • Minnesota

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
Honors & Distinctions
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2011-2020

  • Best Lawyers, 2024