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Michael L. Gjesdahl

Mike founded Gjesdahl Law, P.C. in 1989. His practice is exclusively devoted to families, their transitions, their needs. Throughout his career, he has confronted every imaginable family issue.

Today, Mike’s practice largely involves high-stake and high-net-worth divorces. He has handled many divorces involving estates worth tens, and sometimes hundreds, of millions of dollars. Such divorces often involve closely held businesses, farm assets, trusts, inherited wealth, commercial real estate valuation, fraud, and concealed assets. His clients include business owners, farmers, entrepreneurs, public figures, medical and legal professionals, high-net-worth families, C-suite executives, and their spouses.

Mike regularly negotiates and drafts premarital agreements. He is one of a small number of attorneys who handles assisted reproduction matters. Though a fierce litigator, Mike is devoted to resolving his cases by agreement, usually through mediation or collaborative negotiating.

Mike is married, and has three children. Two attend Concordia College, and the third attends Fargo North High School.

Michael's Expertise

Practice Areas

  • Divorce, general
  • Divorce, high net worth
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Assisted Reproduction / Gestational Carriers
  • Domestic Abuse and Harassment
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Negotiating
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Adoption
Michael's Video Interview

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Michael's Credentials

Education & Licensure

Education:

  • Fargo North High School, 1977
  • University of North Dakota, B.S., Public Administration, 1982
  • University of North Dakota School of Law, JD, 1985

Licenses and Admissions:

  • State Bar of California, 1985 (presently inactive status)
  • State Bar of North Dakota, 1989
  • State Bar of Minnesota, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
Michael's Achievements

Distinctions

 

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • North Dakota Bar Association, 1989
  • Minnesota Bar Association, 1989
  • California Bar Association, 1985
  • American Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professional
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
  • North Dakota Collaborative Law Group
  • SBAND Inquiry Committee Southeast, 2017-2020

Presentations:

  • 2012 - Family Law Basics; to Grand Forks Air Force Base Legal Office and the Air Force Legal Assistance Program
  • 2014 - Divorce 101; to ND State Bar

Articles:

North Dakota Appeals:

Minnesota Appeals:

Representative Clients:

  • Entrepreneur with marital estate worth $200M+, over $100M of which was comprised of trust assets (divorce).
  • Owner of paving company with estate of $20M+, including inherited assets (divorce).
  • Owner of paving company with estate of $30M+, and involving child-related issues (divorce).
  • Owner of engineering business, numerous small businesses, and substantial real estate holdings, with an estate in excess of $25M+ (divorce).
  • Wife of Emergency Room doctor (divorce).
  • Wife of Trauma Surgeon (divorce).
  • Plastic Surgeon (divorce).
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor (divorce).
  • Wife of partner in law firm (divorce).
  • Husband of partner in law firm (divorce).
  • College Professor
  • Owner of edible bean processing plant and marketing business (divorce).
  • Owner of business that manufactures building materials, with marital estate of over $50M (divorce).
  • Fiance of bank owner, involving hundreds of millions of dollars (prenuptial agreement).
  • Fiance of entrepreneur, real estate and multiple business owner, involving hundreds of millions of dollars (prenuptial agreement).
  • Sugar beet farmer, with estate of over $10M (divorce).
  • Owner of Electrical Engineering company, with estate in excess of $20M (divorce)
  • Owner of mortgage company.
  • Owner of mechanical engineering company.
  • Owner of business that manufactures feed supplements for cattle.
  • Financial Planner.
Michael's Blog Posts

Blog Posts

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What Does “ART” Mean?  ART is an acronym for “assisted reproductive technology.”  The term describes all fertility treatments where both egg and sperm are handled outside the body.  To an infertile c…

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Prenuptial agreements have an image problem.  We think they’re unromantic and, on that score, it’s hard to argue.  However, other perceptions are not as accurate.  Take these, for example: “A prenupt…

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In today’s America, half of all children are born out of wedlock and about half of all married parents eventually divorce.  In other words, literally millions of American children are being raised by …

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St Paul resident, Bonnie P., had every reason to think her divorce would be an all-out war.  She and her surgeon husband had three children and complicated finances.  Throughout the marriage, Bonnie h…

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There is always cause for concern.  As Mark Twain said, “a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Our country is now having an interesting and essential co…

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Gestational carriers are becoming increasingly common.  20% of all straight couples have difficulty conceiving.  And, of course, 100% of all gay couples need help. “Assisted Reproductive Technology…

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