Jennifer Mortel

Jennifer Mortel focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, and Personal Injury. Jennifer endeavors to partner with families to secure their future goals through wills, trusts and other appropriate estate planning. She is a compassionate counselor who helps grieving family members find their way through the probate and trust administration process after the death of a loved one.  Jennifer also has extensive experience negotiating top-dollar personal injury settlements, as well as handling cases through litigation. She is a zealous advocate for her clients’ rights to obtain medical, wage loss and disability benefits.

Jennifer was a partner at the law firm of Bowden Cyr Mortel, PLLC from 2009-2013 and represented clients in the areas of estate planning and personal injury and continues to act as an of counsel attorney with Bowden Cyr, PLLC.  Jennifer also previously served as Assistant Vice-President and head of the Personal Trust Division at Union Bank & Trust where she was responsible for the administration of all personal trusts, including revocable and irrevocable living trusts, testamentary trusts and charitable trusts, as well as probate estates.  She is a 2002 honors graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jennifer also serves as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has been an Adjunct Representation Professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Jennifer was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.  (Only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing less than 10 years or under the age of 40 years receive this honor)

About Jennifer Mortel

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice in Minnesota, 2002 to Present
  • Licensed to practice in Wisconsin, 2003 to Present

Educational Background

  • William Mitchell College of Law – St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 2002
    • Honors: Founder’s Scholarship; Dean’s List; CALI Award of Excellence in Property I; CALI Award of Excellence in Real Estate Seminar; Burton Brief Award Nominee
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1999
    • Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; Academic Distinction Award; Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Vice-President; Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society; Finalist for the Karl Anderson Scholarship Award; UW-Eau Claire Student Leadership Award Nominee; Pre-Law Club, Treasurer

Scholarly Classes/Seminars

  • Presenter for Washington County Law Library Seminars: Estate Planning, Wills and Power of Attorney (January 2012 And June 2012)
  • Presenter for National Business Institute CLE: Estate Administration – Being Thorough To Close The Estate Without A Hitch And Common Issues To Be Prepared For In Probate Litigation (2011)
  • Seminar: Plan For The Future. How An Estate Plan Helps Put You In Control (2010)
  • Seminar: No-Fault – Handling Insurance “Investigations” (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer for the Minnesota Association for Justice CLE:  Arbitration Procedure Issues & Strategies (2008)

Honors and Awards

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2012 and 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Business Networking International – Sphere of Success
  • Qualified Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Representation Professor at William Mitchell College of Law (2012-2013)

Past Employment Positions

  • Union Bank & Trust, Minneapolis, MN, Asst Vice-President, 2013-2014
  • Bowden Cyr Mortel, PLLC, St. Paul, MN, Partner, 2009-2013
  • Crabtree Law Firm, P.A., Stillwater, MN, Attorney, 2000-2008
  • Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Minneapolis, MN, Summer Associate, 2001
  • Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Greeman, PLLP, Roseville, MN, Law Clerk, 2000
  • Guelzow & Laufenberg, Ltd., Trial Lawyers, Eau Claire, WI, Legal Intern, 1998