Michelle D. Dobson


Location: Rochester, Minnesota
Phone: 507-281-5857
Fax: 507-281-5984
Email: E-mail Me

About Michelle

Michelle focuses her practice on family law, domestic abuse, and estate planning for families throughout Southeastern Minnesota.  She obtained her law degree from Loyola University Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  Michelle first began her legal career in Illinois as a tax practitioner and then completed a judicial clerkship with the late Honorable Jean Prendergast Rooney at the Circuit Court of Cook County. In 2013, she relocated to Minnesota and has since made Rochester her home with her family. Prior to joining Walters & Wintering, Ltd., Michelle has worked in Minnesota as an investment advisor, practiced estate planning, and served the low-income community for three years at Legal Assistance of Olmsted County in the areas of family law, domestic violence law, and landlord-tenant law.

In addition, Michelle is an active volunteer as a pro bono attorney and tax preparer.  She is the current President of the Olmsted County Bar Association, and the Co-Chair of the Women Attorneys of Rochester. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, reading and playing soccer.

For a free initial consultation on your case, please call 507-281-5857.


Michelle takes a custom approach to each case, recognizing that the facts and circumstances for every client are different. She provides clients with honest assessments of their case, and values client communication. Michelle believes that most family law cases are best resolved in alternative dispute resolution with clients retaining decision-making authority, but she is passionate about litigating for her clients when appropriate.

Areas of Practice

  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Orders for Protection
  • Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives


Our firm will never charge you for an initial conversation about your case. We believe you have a right to an understanding of your case, and what we can do for you, before you are required to pay anything.

Fees depend on the complexity of your case, but Michelle’s fees are always reasonable. Most family law and domestic abuse cases are billed at an hourly rate, and most adoptions and estate plans are charged a one-time flat fee.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2015
  • Illinois, 2011 (inactive)


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D., 2011
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
    B.A., 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Olmsted County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Family Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Third Judicial District
  • Women Attorneys of Rochester

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
  • Wills for Heroes
  • AARP Tax-Aide