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Jack DeWalt

 

 

E-mail: jack.dewalt@dcsfamilylaw.com

Tel: 612-361-6180

Professional Info

Jack has been practicing law for 17 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. In 2019, Jack was selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers list in 2019 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.


2007
Gobena & DeWalt, LLC


2002 - 2006
Staff Attorney, East Central Legal Services

Education

2002
Hamline University School of Law, Juris Doctor


1999

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, 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, 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, 2015

 

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          
                             
Co-Author, Ethical Rules and Best Practices to Assist with Avoiding Collections in  Family  Law Cases,  Family Law Forum, 2011

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

Honors
  • Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers magazine, 2018 - 2019

  • Super Lawyer®, Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2019

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

 

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

 

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

2010 - present

2010 - present