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Dudley & Smith P.A.

A Team of Experienced Local Lawyers Serving Minnesota & Western WI

Dudley and Smith, P.A. is an experienced Minnesota law firm practicing in litigation, personal injury, business, family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, estate planning and real estate. Our firm has attorneys with extensive experience in many topics, and we have clients that have been with us since our founding in 1952.

Dudley and Smith, P.A. represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of life. Among our topic areas are consumer issues, real estate, family law, wills and estates, financial distress, bankruptcy, business law, criminal law, personal injury, administrative law and litigation. Our fees are competitive and fair.

Dudley and Smith, P.A.  knows the court system and has appeared in courts for years. We practice in all Minnesota courts, both state courts and the federal court. We also appear in the Wisconsin State Courts and in the federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin.


Joseph J. Dudley P.A.

Joseph J. Dudley P.A.

Mr. Dudley has been awarded the highest Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent (5 out of 5) that can be awarded to an attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the most recognized and oldest peer review rating in the United States. An AV rating is defined as a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. 

Christopher W. Boline P.A.

Christopher W. Boline P.A.

Christopher received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Christopher served as a certified student attorney in a Hennepin County suburban court, was an extern with a Hennepin County District Court judge, and received recognition from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for his time devoted to public service. He began working for Dudley and Smith, P.A. as a clerk during law school.

Katherine A. Brown Holmen P.A.

Katherine A. Brown Holmen P.A.

Katherine grew up in Minnesota and has lived there for most of her life. However, she did attend the University of North Dakota School of Law; where she was a dedicated student who graduated and passed the Minnesota Bar Examination to become a lawyer by the age of 24.Since her graduation she has worked exclusively as a personal injury lawyer in the Minnesota area. Katherine has earned an excellent reputation.

Steven C. Opheim P.A.

Steven C. Opheim P.A.

Steven C. Opheim is an attorney at law since 1985, practicing in the areas of Homeowners Association Law, Business Law, Creditor’s and Debtor’s Rights, Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law. Mr. Opheim is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association and Bankruptcy Section and Real Property Law Section of the MSBA.

Gloria E. Bogen P.A.

Gloria E. Bogen P.A.

Gloria Bogen has devoted her legal career to representing individuals in Family Law cases since she graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1982. Her vast knowledge of the law, over 30 years of legal experience, and her skills as a litigator and effective negotiator means that you will receive professional, ethical, effective and quality legal representation.

Jonathan R. Engel

Jonathan R. Engel

Jonathan received his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon graduation from law school, Jonathan clerked for a district court judge in Minnesota where he did legal research and helped write decisions. Jonathan gained insight on the decision-making process of judges through this experience.




When do you need the Minnesota Personal Injury Attorneys at Dudley & Smith? Personal injuries can happen in an instant but impact the rest of your life – a personal injury can result in financial, physical and emotional suffering for you and your family. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured due to the negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing of someone else, then contact Dudley and Smith, P.A., a highly qualified personal injury law firm based in St. Paul.

To meet the threshold for bringing a personal injury claim, the party bringing the personal injury suit must meet at least one of the following as per Minnesota Statute §65B.51:

  • medical treatment expenses of $4,000 or more;
  • a permanent injury; or
  • a disability of 60 days or more; or
  • a permanent disfigurement (scar); or
  • a death as a result of their injuries


Keeping a business running smoothly takes a lot of skill and effort. You need to control all aspects of your business from finances to employment, from stock-taking to marketing. Whether you are working on your own or employ 15,000 people, if there is ever something out of place, it’s important to have a commercial litigation attorney you can turn to.

At Dudley and Smith, P.A., it is our firm belief that an attorney must fully understand each client’s needs and interests.  We take this belief to each and every case while representing every individual client’s dispute with the zeal it deserves.  Whether you need a trial lawyer or some assistance with standard documentation and paperwork, we can help.  Whether you are looking for short-term advice or are seeking a long-term litigation lawyer, we offer our dedication and directness to each and every client.  Do not take risks with your business – we can offer you assistance with what you need to keep your company running smoothly and proficiently.

We make it easy for our clients, no matter where in The Metro you, are we have an office near you.


Dudley & Smith is Minnesota’s top Family Law Firm. Our Minnesota Family Law Attorneys are here to assist you in every step of the legal process. Regardless of what family law issues you are currently going through, from divorce and separation to child custody and child support complications, Dudley and Smith, P.A. offers you the compassion and guidance to get through this challenging time. We have been helping families in Minnesota and Wisconsin overcome difficult and life-changing obstacles since 1952. We protect the rights of families – husbands, wives, partners, parents, children and anyone else involved. Let us be your guiding light through this dark and confusing time.


Buying, selling, renting, leasing or investing in property all comes with different rules and regulations.  Whether you are confused about the conditions outlined in your lease or have been served with a letter of intended foreclosure, it is important to have a legal professional on your side.  The Minnesota Real Estate Attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. are experienced real estate attorneys helping property owners, developers, builders, homeowners’ associations, managers, landlords, tenants, contractors, lenders, and individual home buyers across Minnesota and Wisconsin with real estate and property law issues.

Buy, Sell and Invest With Confidence

Speaking to a real estate attorney before signing any agreement can provide you with the confidence to know that you are making the right decision and minimizing the chance for legal problems down the road. This can make the whole decision a lot smoother and provide you with the confidence and security needed to move on with the transaction. Early legal intervention is often the best defense against property disputes. The Minnesota Real Estate Attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A., represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin facing residential and commercial property transactions


Estate Planning and Division

After the passing of a loved family member, emotions are high. You are probably feeling upset, lonely, exhausted and angry all at once. This is not the best time to bring out the will and bring finances onto the table, but this is how the law works. This is also why there are often disputes and problems surrounding wills, trusts and estates after the passing of a loved one. We know how difficult it can be to go through the emotional turmoil of dealing with the death of a loved one. We offer our support and compassion throughout the process and will ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you get what you are entitled to.

What is Probate?

When would I need a Minnesota Probate Attorney? When you or a loved one passes away, his or her estate—money, real estate, and personal property left behind—goes through a court-managed process called probate. Probate is a process in which the court determines how the deceased’s estate is distributed to heirs and next of kin. Probate occurs regardless of whether the deceased had a will or not.

To determine your legal rights and speak to a qualified Minnesota Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer, contact Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at 651-291-1717.


Debt can be overwhelming.  It can cause you physical and emotional stress and impact all aspects of your life, from your career to your family situation.  If you are struggling with overwhelming debt and looking for a way to stop the creditors, speaking to a specialist Minnesota bankruptcy attorney can help you put the pieces back together and determine your best plan of action.  We are a debt relief agency and the bankruptcy attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. provide legal counseling to individuals and businesses in all stages of bankruptcy.  We have represented individuals and businesses who have filed bankruptcy for over 27 years and have successfully handled thousands of cases.

Questions Surrounding Bankruptcy

There are a number of questions surrounding bankruptcy.  Will you lose your home and your car?  Will your credit be affected?  Will you be able to get a loan again?  Will your personal finances be impacted by business bankruptcy?  Can you keep some assets?  The answers to these questions depend on your individual situation.  Speaking to an attorney can give you a better idea of what to expect.  We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.


The Litigation Attorneys at Dudley and Smith realize that although many disputes can be resolved without going to trial, the Minnesota Litigation Attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. have years of successful courtroom experience in representing individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation matters.  From the conception of your case, the civil litigators at Dudley and Smith, P.A. work arduously to develop a trial strategy that encompasses the clients immediate and future goals.  We work together with clients to ensure that they understand the litigation process and the costs and options involved.  While we have a strong history of trial success at Dudley and Smith, P.A., an informed client is always happier than one that was left in the dark, regardless of the outcome.

Civil litigation involves much more than filing motions and arguing in front of a judge or jury.  Litigated matters often proceed to mediation or arbitration before trial.  We have had complex civil cases settle on the eve of trial.  Sometimes, settlement cannot be reached by the conflicting parties and litigation may be the best way to achieve the client’s ultimate outcome.  The attorneys Dudley and Smith, P.A. have the tenacity and attention to detail that you want in a trial lawyer.

As a full service law firm, the experienced Minnesota Litigation Attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. can assist you in assessing your legal options to determine if litigation is the optimal course of action in your case.


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