Nancy Zalusky Berg

Attorney/Owner
Phone:612-335-4296 Send Email

Nancy Zalusky Berg’s career in family law began 1985. Since then she has been a zealous advocate for her clients in all areas of family law from complicated high asset dissolutions to tirelessly advocating for victims of domestic violence and child protection cases. Most significantly, Nancy offers unparalleled expertise in international family law including child abduction and recovery, and enforcement of foreign orders. Nancy is exceptional in identifying and solving complex international property and child related issues, with significant understanding of cultural dynamics as well as local laws.

Nancy’s expertise is recognized locally and internationally. She is the past President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (www.iafl.com), past President of the IAFL – USA Chapter, a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (www.aaml.org), past member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She has spoken all over the world on international family law issues and child abduction. Nancy has lectured in Japan, Nigeria, Argentina and London. She has been in the “Best Lawyers in America” and identified as one of Minnesota’s “Super Lawyers” of Law & Politics, Minnesota Monthly and Mpls-St. Paul magazines since 1993. She has been one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota for many years and listed as one of the top 40 lawyers in the Family Law practice area by Law & Politics. Ms. Berg has received a peer review rating of AV Preeminent by American Registry since 1995. She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rule of Practice. Ms. Berg has also served on a variety of community non-profit boards. Ms. Berg is the “go to” person for referrals for mental health professionals and lawyers in other jurisdictions. It is said she literally knows everyone!

When Nancy is not reading or advocating, she has enjoyed riding dressage, knitting, working with glass creating stain glass windows and jewelry. Her favorite pastime however, is travelling the world to immerse herself in different cultures and understand the different legal systems.




Education

Education
William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
J.D. – January, 1980

Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
B.A. – June, 1976
Major: Law and Justice

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1980
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1980
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

Certifications

40-Hour Family Mediation Training
Parenting Coordination – trained by Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. 2006
Fourth Judicial District Court Arbitrator – Appointed July 1985
Hennepin County Family Court – Volunteer Referee 1984

Affiliations/Memberships

International Academy of Family Lawyers, President, 2016 – 2018
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, President, 2010 – 2012
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, President-Elect, 2008 – 2010
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S. Chapter, Parliamentarian, 2006 – 2008
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, IAML Journal, Editorial Board
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, President, 1995 – 1996
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter, Board of Managers, 2012
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1996 – 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, AAML Foundation, Board Member, 2012
International Bar Associations, Member
American Bar Associations, Member
Minnesota Bar Associations, Member
Hennepin County Bar Associations, Member
Fourth District Bar Association Ethics, Vice Chair and Chair, Ethics Committee, 1985 – 2003
Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Elder Law Section, Plebiscite Committee
Hennepin County Bar Association, Professionalism and Professional Conduct Committee
Hennepin County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee, Diversity Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association, Child Abuse Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association, Committee on Economic Consequences of Child Abuse
Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota
Cooperative Practice Network (National)
Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, 2009 – Present
Leading American Attorneys, Minnesota Advisory Board
Minnesota Interdisciplinary Committee on Divorce
Minnesota Women Lawyers Association
Midwest Custody Project: Collaboration of Legal and Mental Health Professionals
National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board of Examiners
Responses Of Children, INC, Vice President, Board of Directors, 1983 – 1986
Minnesota Institute Of Black Chemical Abuse, Member, Board of Directors, 1982 – 1985

Author/Speaker

“The Smart Divorce” by Deborah Moskovitch (Extensively Quoted), Chicago Review Press, Inc., August, 2006
“Management of a High Conflict Custody Matter”, Minnesota Child Support and Child Custody Deskbook, June, 2006
“Dealing with Difficult Clients, Difficult Lawyers and Difficult Judges”, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June, 2001
“Dealing with Difficult Clients, Difficult Lawyers and Difficult Judges”, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1998
Visitation Issues When There is a Move Out of State (Co-Author with Brockman Schumacher, Jr.), Family Law Forum, Volume 10, Number 2, August, 1998
“Post Decree Custody Modification: Moving Out of State and Changes to the Parenting Relationship” (Co-Author with Gary A. Debele), American Journal of Family Law, Volume 4, Number 4, January, 1996
Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, National Business Institute, Inc., 1992
Global Implications at the End of the Road, 2010
Drinking the Kool-Aid, 2009
Management of a High Conflict Custody Matter published for the Minnesota Child Support and Child Custody Deskbook, 2006
Presenter, Two Can Play That Game, Minnesota Legal Ethics Summit II, June 18, 2012
Presenter, International Relocation: U.S. Constitutional Challenges to Hearing the Voice of a Child, American Bar Association International Section, May 25, 2012
Presenter, International Relocation, Family Law Institute, March 26, 2012
Presenter, Intersection of Law and Mental Health, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, March 14, 2012
Presenter, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and the Child?s Objection: The U.S. Experience with The Hague Convention Article 13 and 13(b) Exceptions, Osaka, Japan, Invitation of the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center and Japan Federation of Bar Associations: Symposium on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, August 5, 2011
Presenter, Be Careful What You Pray For, Divorcing Divas, August 5, 2010
Presenter, 35th Annual Convention: Dispute Resolution, Hispanic National Bar Association, September 9, 2010
Presenter, Ethics of Difficult Family Law Representations, Hennepin County Bar Association, June 8, 2010
Presenter, Cooperative Practice in Family Law Proceedings, Ramsey County Bar Association, April 28, 2010
Presenter, Global Implications at the End of the Road: Anticipating, Recognizing, and Dealing with International Legal Issues in Family Law Matters, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Oregon Chapter, April 16, 2010
Presenter, Drinking the Kool-Aid, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ? USA Chapter, 2009
Presenter, CLE: Parenting Consultants, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2006
Presenter, Licensure Issues as a Result of Sexual Harassment, Inappropriate Sexual Behavior, Physical Abuse and Mental Injury, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education Professionals at Risk, June 11, 2003
Presenter, Dealing with Clients with Mental Health Issues, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Mental Illness, May 9, 2003
Presenter, Seminar: “Best Interests of the Child in Court: Today and Tomorrow”, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002
Presenter, Family Law Faux Pas, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Ethics & Bias, June 26, 2002
Presenter, Zealous Advocacy, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Law Firm Organization: Style, Size and Soul, May 31, 2002
Presenter, Ethics of Zealous Advocacy for Your Divorce Client, All District Legal Education CLE Proactive Family Law, April 18, 2002
Presenter, “The State of the Law with Regard to Parenting Schedules for Very Young Children”, Hennepin County Bar Association, CLE: Parenting Plans for Infants and Young Children, February 27, 2002
Presenter, Co-Chair, Professionalism and Ethics In Family Law: Is There A Conflict Between The Code of Professional Responsibility And ?Collaborative? Practice?, 17th Annual Family Law Seminar , December 12, 2001
Presenter, All District Legal Education CLE, Ethics and Eliminating Bias: Practical Realities, November 29, 2001
Presenter, Ethics and Elimination of Bias ? Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom, Hennepin County Bar Association, May 17, 2001
Presenter, Divorce, Parenting & Maintenance ? Income Determinations, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, February 27, 2001
Presenter, Ethics and Elimination of Bias ? Investigations at the District Ethics Committee: Recurring Issues in a Litigation Practice, Minnesota Association of Trial Lawyers, May 12, 2000
Presenter, Institute for Training New Lawyers, American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, Ft. Worth, Texas, June 12, 1999
Presenter, Emerging Discovery Issues in Family Law Practice, Law & Politics CLE, June 8, 1999
Presenter, ADR and Family Law – Replacing Litigation with Communication, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, December 3, 1998
Presenter, Dealing With Difficult Clients, Lawyers and Judges, Minnesota State Bar Association, General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section CLE, June 26, 1998
Presenter, Marketing for Lawyers: Trends, Tips and Techniques, All District Legal Education CLE, May 13, 1998
Presenter, Representation of Difficult Clients, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE, February 14, 1998
Presenter, Visitation Access By Any Other Name, Minnesota Institute Legal Education, December 18, 1997
Presenter, Institute for Training New Lawyers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
Presenter, State Bar of South Dakota Domestic Relations CLE, April 25, 1997
Presenter, Minnesota Women Lawyers: Life/work balance, 1996
Presenter, “Divorce Camp VII – Removal: The Ties that Bind”, Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996
Presenter, Post-Decree Custody Modification: Moving Out of State and Changes to the Parenting Relationship (co-authored with Gary A. Debele), Law Education Institute and BNA, Inc, 1996
Presenter, The Cutting Edge of Gender Warfare, Spousal Maintenance, 1995
Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Convention: Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1995
Objections at Trial and How to Deal With the Difficult Lawyer, National Practice Institute, 1995
Presenter, 16th Annual Family Law Institute: Effective Marital Dissolution Practice, 1995
“Divorce Trek V – The Next Generation”, Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994
Presenter, CLE: Child Custody & Placement, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1994
Presenter, Protecting Your Clients Yourself; Recognizing Client Repair Possibilities In Family Law Cases, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual: Avoiding the Dragon, 1994
Presenter, Landmines for Small Law Firms, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1994
Presenter, Strategies & Techniques for Women Negotiators, 1994
Presenter, Its Not Just Divorce Anymore; Paternity, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1994
Presenter, Professionals At Risk, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1993
Presenter, “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993
Presenter, Malpractice Issues in Family Law, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, 1993
Presenter, Midwest Custody Project: Custody Evaluations and the Courtroom, Minnesota Psychological Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, 1993
Presenter, National Business Institute, Inc: Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, 1992
Presenter, Piercing The Public Shield, 1992
Presenter, Ethical Complaints about Governmental Lawyers, 1992
Presenter, Dealing with Multi-Jurisdictional Custody Disputes, Twelfth Annual Family Law Institute, 1992
Presenter, Family Law: Spousal Maintenance, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
Presenter, The Hidden Dynamics of Marriage Dissolution, Minnesota Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
Presenter, A Custody and Visitation Paradigm, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
Presenter, How to Try the Spousal Maintenance Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
Presenter, When Professionals Divorce, Advanced Legal Education, 1991
Presenter, Child Custody and Visitation in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 1991
Presenter, How to Respond to Allegations of Sex Abuse, Tenth Annual Family Law Institute, 1989
Presenter, Difficult Child Custody Cases, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Caribbean Conference, 1989
Presenter, Sexual Abuse of Children, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1988
Presenter, Bicentennial Constitution and the Family, Minneapolis Public Library, 1987

Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Referee, Hennepin County Family Court, 1984
Volunteer, Hennepin County Settlement Program
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Hennepin County Medical Society, Child Abuse Project, 1983
“Reasonable Efforts”, Committee – State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services Legislative Mandate to Examine Unnecessary Placement of Children
Minneapolis Downtown Council – Pornography and Art: A Symposium, 1990
Board of Directors, Women Venture, 1992 – 2000
Secretary, Board of Directors, Women Venture, 1992 – 2000
Board of Directors, Turning Point, Inc., 1993 – Present
Vice Chairperson, Turning Point, Inc., 1994
Volunteer, Lawyers Network