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Karen L. Schreiber

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Contact Information

225 South 6th Street, Suite 2800
Minneapolis MN 55402
Work 612-367-8736
Fax 612-333-6798

Practice State



Karen chairs the family law practice at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She has devoted her practice exclusively to family law for over 30 years, assisting clients with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, marriage dissolutions, child custody and parenting time matters, paternity and post-decree matters. Karen has extensive experience with marriage dissolutions involving closely held businesses, executive compensation, complex property settlements, child support and spousal maintenance. A primary benefit of Karen’s experience is the practical, common-sense approach she takes to family-related legal matters. Although she is a well-prepared and determined litigator when the situation demands it, she prefers to promote accord among family members and resolve issues early on, if possible. Her respect for and collaboration with all parties involved—from custody and business evaluators and accountants, to judges and opposing counsel—has led other attorneys, accountants, trust officers, financial advisors, clergy and psychologists throughout Minnesota to regularly refer clients to her. Karen’s knowledge, capabilities and approach have made her an attorney of choice for clients with complicated finances—involving tax issues, trusts, complex forms of compensation and multiple business interests, to name a few. She helps clients work through such situations by performing continuing cost-benefit analyses and providing clients with the information they need to make informed decisions at each step in the process. Karen is also a member of the family law sections of the Minnesota and American bar associations; a former chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Family Law Section; and a Rule 114 qualified mediator. In addition, she serves on the panel of qualified Hennepin County Financial Early Neutral Evaluators.


Family Law


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William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985) William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985) University of Minnesota (A.A., 1975)

Legal Organizations

Family Law Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association and American Bar Association; Minnesota Women Lawyers; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Past: Co-Chair, Program Co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section.


Included in "Annual Super Lawyers Listing of Minnesota's Best Family Law Lawyers," 2003 to present; Minnesota Top 100 Women Lawyers, 2005 to 2009; Mediator, Minnesota Supreme Court Roster of Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals; Hennepin County Financial Early Neutral Evaluator.

CLE Presentations

"Thinking Outside the Box...and Inside the Witness Stand," AAMFT Annual Conference, 2008.

AAML Chapter

Board of Managers, External Relations Vice President, Minnesota Chapter.

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