Jennifer Mortel

Jennifer Mortel

Location:
Oakdale, Minnesota
Phone:
651-968-0815
Email:

Jennifer Mortel focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration. 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.

Jennifer was a partner at the law firm of Bowden Cyr Mortel, PLLC from 2009-2013 prior to founding Mortel Law, PLLC and represented clients in the areas of estate planning and personal injury. 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 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 served 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, 2013, and 2017. (Only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing less than 10 years or under the age of 40 years receive this honor)

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002
  • Wisconsin, 2003

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence cum laude - 2002
    • Honors: Founder’s Scholarship
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: CALI Award of Excellence in Property I
    • Honors: CALI Award of Excellence in Real Estate Seminar
    • Honors: Burton Brief Award Nominee
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1999
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Academic Distinction Award
    • Honors: Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Vice-President
    • Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    • Honors: Finalist for the Karl Anderson Scholarship Award
    • Honors: UW-Eau Claire Student Leadership Award Nominee
    • Honors: Pre-Law Club, Treasurer
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Legal Studies Track

Classes/Seminars

  • Presenter for National Business Institute CLE: The Probate Process from Start to Finish – Taking the First Step: Filing an Estate in Probate Court (2017)
  • 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)
  • Adjunct Representation Professor at William Mitchell College of Law (2012-2013)

Honors and Awards

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013 and 2017
  • Inclusion in the annual list of Top Women Lawyers in Minnesota 2018 by Super Lawyers – Rising Stars

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

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