Jonathan R. Engel is an experienced litigation attorney with a practice area focused on family law and criminal defense.

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. After clerking, Jonathan was a staff attorney for a nationally recognized non-profit organization where he litigated many cases through trial.

Jonathan is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Jonathan has several articles published for the Section which has a readership of over 30,000 and served a two-year term in a leadership role as an editor for its news publication.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, reading and playing pickup basketball.

Representative Matters

Family:

  • Divorces with real estate, children, and claims of spousal maintenance (alimony).
  • Paternity and child support matters.
  • Complex custody cases where a guardian ad litem may be required because of a parent’s chemical health, mental health or allegations of abuse.
  • Third party custody and visitation.
  • Order for protection and harassment restraining order matters.

Criminal:

  • Driving while impaired and refusal to submit to a chemical test offenses.
  • Other non-felony criminal offenses.
  • Make motions to suppress evidence based upon constitutional rights of clients.
  • Juvenile court matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association – Section of Litigation
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association

Education 

  • University of St. Thomas – School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota.

 

Publications

Five Tips Working with Persons with Limited English Proficiency, American Bar Association,

Consumer Litigation Practice Points, April 12, 2019 (online).

Video Testimony Replay Excluded from Closing Argument, American Bar Association,

Litigation News, Volume 43, Number 1, Summer 2019 (print).

Judge’s Ex Parte Meeting with Jurors Sparks Retrial, American Bar Association, Litigation

News, August 22, 2019 (online).

Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Email, American Bar Association, Litigation News, March

3, 2020 (online).

 

Office Phone: (651) 291-1717

Direct Phone: (651) 424-4705

Email Address: jengel@dudleyandsmith.com