Advocating for the People of Minnesota

Legal Solutions in a Complicated World

Located in downtown St. Paul, across the Mississippi from the Ramsey County Courthouse, Sjoquist Law LLC focuses on the ever-expanding areas of civil litigation which includes all aspects of family law, elder and estate law, public interest, and real estate.

This work oftentimes involves championing issues of social justice by insisting on equality across the spectrum for all people regardless of their economic, cultural, or faith-based customs and beliefs, or affiliation in a protected class.

Flexible and Affordable Solutions

There are many ways to resolve a dispute. Sometimes it is important to consider alternatives that allow you to have greater control over the outcome outside of the courtroom. Every case and every situation is as unique as the individuals themselves. While some clients need comprehensive representation, others just need assistance negotiating a settlement, drafting an agreement, or representation at a one-time only hearing.

You can confidently rely on Sjoquist Law LLC to be there to guide you through whatever legal process is required to reach your goals.  Hourly, flat fee or unbundled services agreements available.

Meet Geri

geri-sjoquist-lawyer-minnesota-lawyer-family-lawUnique perspective and experience

As one of Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year, Geri Sjoquist has worked in the Minnesota legal system for over two decades. For example, in addition to her role as an attorney, she is a skilled Rule 114 qualified neutral and hearing officer. She has served as a custody evaluator and is an experienced guardian ad litem. She is always available to consult with and mentor new attorneys and paralegals. She currently assists the law students at Mitchell Hamline every weekend in their free legal clinic. She also has experience digging into and resolving the myriad issues that sometimes arise in guardianships, estates and trusts. Geri provides free estate planning services to first responders.

In and out of court, she has helped people resolve seemingly hopeless disputes. She is respected by her clients and her peers as someone who strives to achieve fair and equitable results. In addition to practicing in district courts, she is also licensed to handle important matters in tribal court.

Publications

bench-and-bar-november-2018-geri-sjoquist-lawGeri was published in the November 2018 edition of the Bench & Bar of Minnesota with her article titled “Defining Parenthood: Changing families, the law, and the element of intent.” Regardless of gender or marital status, the law must be applied equally to all families because “all children’s relationships with the people whom they view as their parents deserve to be protected.”

Every child deserves a family. Families are formed and babies are created in myriad ways. This reality is not just an LGBTQ issue. Since the first ‘test tube’ baby dominated the news forty years ago, reproductive technologies have produced some 7 million babies who might otherwise never exist. How do we respectfully serve, protect and provide for all the children born in our state regardless of how we feel about their parents’ choices? On January 12, 2019, Geri presented a CLE for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, titled: “Presumptions, Legal Fictions, and the Current State of the Law following Obergefell.

On March 18, 2019, Geri will be presenting a few of her ideas and observations at the Family Law Institute in a one-hour presentation titled, The Doctrine of Intentional Parenthood. The materials discuss the principles of equality versus the current practice of inequality.

The Doctrine of Intentional Parenthood is also the title of an article she wrote that will be published in the American Bar Association’s Summer 2019 edition of the Family Law Quarterly.

“Life will break you.  Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.  You have to love.  You have to feel.  It is the reason you are here on earth.  You are here to risk your heart.  You are here to be swallowed up.  And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.  Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”   -Louise Erdrich

Geri C. Sjoquist

Sjoquist Law LLC

One West Water Street, Suite 275

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107-2002

612.269-4955

651.888-5373 fax

geri@sjoquistlaw.com