Ruta Johnsen

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Ruta is a devoted advocate for her clients and their children. Ruta’s practice includes areas of marriage dissolution, custody and parenting time matters, child support, paternity, spousal maintenance, international family law, child in need of protection and services, termination of parental rights proceedings, and appeals. Ruta’s background in child protection and juvenile justice gives her a distinctive perspective in working with families going through a variety of family transitions such as dissolution, custody disputes and child protection proceedings. Ruta thoroughly enjoys working with Nancy on International family law matters such as international child abductions. Ruta was born and raised in Lithuania, and as such, has first-hand understanding of the unique and complex issues of foreign nationals. Ruta graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she was a recipient of the Student Award of Merit. She is admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota and Federal District Court, District of Minnesota.

Outside of the office, Ruta enjoys traveling, her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.


Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Juris Doctor – May 2016
University of Alaska-Anchorage, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2007

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2016
Federal District Court, District of Minnesota, 2017


Minnesota Women Lawyers
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Leadership Counsel, 2017
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Family Law League


Co-Presenter, The Hague Case Has Been Decided. Now What? AFCC 56th Annual Conference, The Future of Family Justice: International Innovations, Toronto Canada 2019
Adjunct Professor, Survivor-Focused Advocacy, Institute to Transform Child Protection, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Spring 2019
Co-Presenter, 10 Mistakes New Attorneys Make in Their Practice and How to Avoid Them, 2018
Moderator, What All Family Lawyers Should Know about CHIPs Cases. Family Law Institute 2018
Speaker, Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice, Minnesota Family Law Practice for Paralegals, 2018
Author, Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook – Custody Modification and Relocation in Minnesota, Chapter 14, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2017
Co-Author, Family Law: A Global Guide from Practical Law – Family Law in the United States: Minnesota, 2017
Author, Legal Stuff – Marriage and Family Chapter, 2017
Presenter, “Global Implications at the End of the Road: Anticipating, Recognizing, and Dealing with International Legal Issues in Family Law Matters.” July 13, 2017


Pro Bono Activities

Volunteer Lawyers Network
Children’s Law Center

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