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Meet Attorney Emily B. Peterson

Compassionate Representation from a Lawyer On-the-Rise

Emily Peterson is an Associate Attorney with Meinerts Law Office, P.A., where she focuses exclusively on the practice of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, and domestic abuse matters. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2005 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. Upon graduation from law school in 2005, Attorney Peterson served for almost nine years as a judicial law clerk in both Hennepin and Olmsted Counties. During this time, she worked on a variety of cases, including civil, criminal, and family law matters.

Attorney Peterson turned her full attention to family law clients in 2014, when she entered private practice. She is known far and wide as a compassionate and empathetic advocate for her clients, working closely with them to find the best path towards resolution during a challenging time.

Balancing Negotiation, Litigation & Community

Attorney Emily Peterson is a strong negotiator in the settlement process and an effective litigator in the courtroom. Whether her client’s case can reach an amicable solution without a judge’s intervention or not, she is always ready.

While she is not busy on a case for a client, Emily often spends her time serving her community by volunteering with Legal Assistance of Dakota County. She is also an active member of her church’s School Advisory Council. Emily has been appointed by the St. Paul City Council to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission effective January 1st, 2019. In addition, she is a member of the Minnesota State and Dakota County Bar Associations, the Family Law League, and Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Would you like to know more about Meinerts Law Office and our legal services? Call (952) 777-8886 to schedule a free consultation.


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2005, J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2001, B.A.

Associations & Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Dakota County Bar Associations, Member
  • Family Law League, Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
  • St. Paul City Council, Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission (2019 – 2021), Member

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  • “Thank you once again for your support and your professionalism throughout the difficult path of divorce. ”


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