Jason Brown is a shareholder with the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. He limits his practice to divorce and family law issues and has over 20 years of experience. Jason represents clients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Through his Minnesota Family Law Blog, Jason provides timely and useful information on the important issues facing family court litigants in Minnesota.

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Property Division
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Adoption
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2002

Education

  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2000, cum laude
    • William Mitchell Law Review: Staff Member (1998-1999); Associate Editor (1999-2000)
    • Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court: Team Member (1998-1999); Team Coach (1999-2000)
  • B.S., Communication Studies, Mankato State University, 1997, magna cum laude

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, Monthly Family Law Column, Minnesota Lawyer (2015-Present)
  • Editor & Author, Minnesota Family Law Blog (2008-Present)
  • Author, Various Family Law Articles, Star Tribune (2013)
  • Presenter, Tax Issues in Divorce, Washington County Bar Association (2021)
  • Presenter, Financial Issues in Divorce, Minnesota Judicial Branch CLE (2020)
  • Presenter, Four-Parent Adoption Case, Minnesota Judicial Branch CLE (2020)
  • Presenter, Minnesota Family Law Institute, (2013; 2017; 2018; 2021)
  • Guest, SENE and FENE, The District Court Show, Tenth Judicial District (2016)
  • Presenter, Family Law CLE Courses, Tenth Judicial District (2013-2015)
  • Presenter, Same-Sex Marriage CLE, Minnesota Paralegal Association (2014)
  • Presenter, Lawyer Innovation CLE, Hennepin County Bar Association (2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, Family Law, North Hennepin Community College (2006)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Minnesota Family Law Super Lawyer: (2015, 2016, 2020, 2021)
  • Family Law Chair, Minnesota Association for Justice (2006)
  • Planning Committee Member, Minnesota Family Law Institute (2017-2018)
  • Court-Appointed Family Law Early Neutral Evaluator, Anoka, Hennepin, Sherburne and Wright County (2015-2021)
  • Family Law Blog Recognized as a “Top 25” by the Minnesota State Bar Association (2011)
  • Hennepin County Guardianship Mediation Pilot Project Member (2018-2020)

Media Appearances

  • WCCO TV
  • FOX 9
  • KARE 11
  • WCCO Radio
  • Minnesota Monthly
  • Star Tribune
  • St. Paul Magazine
  • Minnesota Lawyer
  • Huffington Post
  • USA Today
  • NBC News
  • Time Magazine