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Jack DeWalt




Tel: 612-361-6180

Professional Info

Jack has been practicing law for over 18 years, and during that time he has successfully represented hundreds of clients in all forms of litigation and settlement negotiations at both the district court and appellate levels.  His varied background has allowed him the opportunity to litigate cases throughout both metropolitan and greater Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin and in numerous tribal courts.  Jack was selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers list based on his high ranking in that selection process. His greatest satisfaction comes from pairing his legal experience and expertise with his clients to create an individual strategy and plan for each case.  

Legal Experience


2014 - present
Founding Partner and Attorney, DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC


2017 - 2019

Adjunct/Affiliated Professor for Family Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

2015 - 2016

Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law

2012 - 2014
Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law

2007 - 2014
Attorney/Shareholder, Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A.

Gobena & DeWalt, LLC

2002 - 2006
Staff Attorney, East Central Legal Services


Hamline University School of Law, Juris Doctor



University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts 


Professional Memberships & Activities
Justice for Families Management Team, Hennepin County

President, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter, 2018-2019

Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter

President-Elect, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter

Past Secretary, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter

Past Co-Chair, Education Committee, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Chapter

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Past Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Member, Deployed Veteran's Working Group

Volunteer Expert, Minnesota CLE's New Lawyer Website, Tribal Law

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Presenter, The Intersection of Tribal and Family Law, Hennepin County Family Court Bench, January 2021

Presenter, How to Negotiate Property Issues in the Mediation Process, ADR panel discussion, Mediation Center, October 2020

Presenter, The Modern Family, Hennepin County Bar Association, February 2020

Presenter, Enforceability of Tribal/State Family Court Orders, Division of Indian Works as part of Hennepin County Justice for Families Initiative, November 2019

Presenter, Family Court Today and Tomorrow: An Overview of Family Court Trends, Changes and Innovations, Hennepin County Family Court Bench, October 2019

Presenter, An Overview of Non-Biological, Same-Sex Parentage: What We Know Today and Where We Are Going Tomorrow, AFCC 56th Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2019 

Presenter, It's Not Your Father's Law School: FLER as a Catalyst for Change, AFCC 55th Annual Conference, Washington DC 2018


Presenter, Same-Sex Issues in Minnesota Family Law, Minnesota CLE, 2017

Co-Presenter with Melissa Chawla, Property Division and Defaults, Minnesota CLE, 2017

Presenter, Divorce A to Z: ADR and ECM in Minnesota- How to Optimize Outcomes Through Early Intervention, Minnesota CLE, 2017


Presenter, From the Retainer Agreement to the Attorney Lien: The Best Way to Deal with Outstanding Client Fees, Family Law Institute, 2017


Presenter, How To Successfully Collect Fees from Clients, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016


Presenter, View From the Bar, Family Law League, 2016

Author, International Practice Without a Passport, Hennepin Lawyer, July/August 2015

Co-Author, Property Division, Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook, 2015

Presenter, Property Division, How to Handle a Divorce in Minnesota: Law Strategy & Forms, Minnesota CLE, 2015

Co-Presenter with Melissa Chawla, Early Case Management and Differences Among Counties/Districts, How to Handle a Divorce in Minnesota: Law Strategy & Forms, Minnesota CLE, 2015


Co-Author with Melissa Chawla, Early Case Management and Differences Among Counties/Districts, Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook, (1st Edition in 2015 and updates through 2021)


Presenter, The Trials and Tribulations of the UCCJEA, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012

Guest Lecturer, Family Law class, University of Minnesota Law School, 2012

Faculty, Ethical Rules and Best Practices to Assist with Avoiding Collections in Family Law Cases, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2012

Presenter, Practical Estate Planning for the Family Lawyer, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012          

Pro Bono & Community Service

Volunteer Attorney - Domestic abuse agency referrals

Volunteer Judge - Various Moot Court Competitions and Mock Trials

Mock Trial Judge  - Hancock Elementary School

Representative Case

Medvedovski v. Medvedoski, 2019 WL 272907 (Minn. Ct. App. 2019)

Court Admissions


  • Minnesota

  • Wisconsin

  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

  • Mille Lacs Band Tribal Court

  • Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court

  • Leech Lake Tribal Court

  • Sac & Fox Tribal Court

  • Minnesota Monthly, Top Lawyers in Minnesota, 2022

  • 2021 Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Professionalism Award

  • Best Lawyers in Minnesota for Family Law, 2021 - 2024

  • Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer® list, Super Lawyer® magazine, 2018 - 2024

  • Super Lawyer®, Super Lawyer® magazine, 2015-2024

  • Recognized as a "North Star Attorney" by MSBA (in recognition for pro bono service)​, 2014, 2016 and 2020


  • Waller Scholarship for Academic Achievement as a Non-Traditional Student, University of Minnesota


  • Dean's Scholarship Recipient, Hamline School of Law, 2000-2002

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2010 - present

2010 - present

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