Testimonials & Bio
What Clients Are Saying:
“My wife and I had been struggling for years to get our wills created and signed. We tried some boilerplate software but never felt truly comfortable about exactly how legal it would be. We now feel secure that our estate and, more importantly, our children, will be taken care of in the event of the unexpected.” – Mark E.
“My husband and I really enjoyed working with Anna. We are both working parents with a small child, so often it’s difficult to find a time when we can both make appointments. Anna was very accommodating to our schedule and even came to our house to make meeting easier. Anna was also very thorough with all of our legal documents and gave us options to consider that we hadn’t thought of. We would definitely recommend Anna to our friends and family.” – Elizabeth N.
Divorce / Family Law
“Anna has a great combination of empathy and professionalism for her clients that she immediately makes her client (me) very comfortable in opening up and providing details from the onset. She provided me with options during our discussion on my case and ultimately settled on the best option that worked out. Certainly a strong recommendation to friends/colleagues that require this service.” – Lawrence A.
“Anna has a natural ability to assist people in putting their differences aside and come to mutual agreements. She is always professional and courteous to all parties and treats every issue as important. The parties come out of mediation feeling like they won instead of having to compromise.” – Attorney Rebecca G.
Änna M. Hagstrom, J.D., Attorney & Mediator
My role as both attorney and counselor guides my practice. I will use my skills and knowledge to help you define your goals, understand your options, and help you move forward. I focus on each client as an individual, tailoring my representation to meet your needs. I will help you be in a better place after my representation, with tools for continued success in the future.
My Philosophy »
Änna was born and raised in the Twin Cities, earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology before graduating with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School. She grew up in a family with strong emphasis on hard work and helping others, values which shaped her desire to become an attorney and mediator. She also developed a lifelong love of being active and playing competitive sports, and has never been one to shy away from a challenge.
Änna’s math and computer science background brings an analytic approach to problem solving that is valuable in the practice of law, helping parse the issues and consider alternatives that might be outside the box. A strong advocate of collaborative practice, early settlement discussions and transformative mediation, she recognizes that the legal system is designed to reach settlements, not necessarily to achieve the wishes and meet the needs of the parties involved. By focusing on her clients’ goals she strives to make a positive difference in their lives and future.
Änna has extensive family law experience in nine metro area counties and two international cases. She has successfully mediated conflicts between parties who previously believed they were at an impasse, utilizing her strength in engaging with the parties at an individual and human level in her mediation practice. She enjoys tailoring estate plans to each unique situation, from a new family to complex solutions for reducing estate tax to the unique needs of foreign citizens residing in the United States.
State of Minnesota
US District Court – District of Minnesota
Education & Training
Reigniting the Collaborative Flame: Collaborative Practice – The Next Generation | 12 hours
Advanced Mediation Training – Civil and Family | 18 hours
The New Collaborative Experience | 12 hours
Certified Family and Divorce Mediation Training: The Transformative Model | 40 hours
J.D., Cum Laude, University of Minnesota Law School
B.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota – Institute of Technology
Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
On the MN Supreme Court Roster of Qualified Family Mediators
Advanced Training in Transformative Mediation
Training in Collaborative Law theory and practice
Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation | Social Media Committee Member
Minnesota State Bar Association | Women in the Legal Profession Committee Member | Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section
Minnesota Women Lawyers | Community Action Committee Member | Solo-Small Firm Group Member
Ramsey County Bar Association | Member
Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota | Membership Committee Member
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals | Member
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce | Member
Presentations & CLEs
Re-Thinking “Coffee”: Simple Strategies for Worthwhile Networking | MSBA New Lawyers Section CLE | May, 2014
From Classes to Clients | MSBA Panel Discussion Member | November, 2012
Estate Planning for Young Families | Seminar | October, 2012
Guest Presenter & Role Play Coach | 30 Hour Civil Mediation Training | Twin Cities Mediation | June 2012, January 2013
Guest Presenter & Role Play Coach | 40 Hour Family Mediation Training | Twin Cities Mediation | July 2012
“Keeping It Real: Transformative Mediation Offers a New Way to Help Clients in Conflict” | MSBA New Lawyers Section CLE | May 10, 2012
“Redefining Success,” Generations and the Workplace: Two Perspectives on Success, Work Culture and Navigating Generational Differences, WITH EQUAL RIGHT, Vol. XXXVII, Issue III (2013).
So You Think You Can Mediate: My Path to Becoming a (Transformative) Mediator – Plus: 10 Tips for the New Attorney Who Wants To Become a Mediator, HEARSAY, Vol. XIV, Issue 2 (2012). (Read Article, view Bio, view Newsletter)
Atkins v. Virginia: An Empty Holding…, 27 LAW & INEQ. 241 (2009).
Ramsey County Family Court – Volunteer Mediation Program | Volunteer Mediator
Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) | Volunteer Attorney and Mediator
Wills for Heroes | Volunteer Attorney
Annual McGee National Moot Court Competition | Volunteer Judge
Macalester College Club Women’s Ultimate Team | Volunteer Coach
USA Ultimate Youth Club Championships | Volunteer Coach, Girls U-19 Team
University of Minnesota School of Law | Visiting Associate Professor (Summer 2014)
Patrick Burns & Associates | Attorney
Minnesota Disability Law Center | Staff Attorney
Minnesota House of Representatives | Intern for Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher