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Michael S. Gaarder - St. Cloud, MN

630 Roosevelt RoadSuite 101 St. Cloud, MN 56301

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Updated: 02/05/2020

St. Cloud Family Law Lawyer


Michael Gaarder grew up in a small, Iowa town where he learned to work hard, cultivate meaningful relationships and truly appreciate life by laboring on the family farm and spending time with his grandfather, a World War II veteran and prisoner of war.

While enlisted in the United States Navy, he served as a volunteer assistant on the Naval Legal Service prosecution team and was an integral member of the Staff Judge Advocate's Office in Yokosuka, Japan...

About Michael S. Gaarder

Practice Areas

  • Family Law 55%
  • Civil Litigation 20%
  • Criminal defense 15%
  • Personal Injury 10%


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2006
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2007

Other Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • Seventh Judicial District Ethics (Committee Member)
  • Cloud City Achievers BNI Chapter, 2014 - 2015 (Past President)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (Past Member)


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2006
  • Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2004
    Honors: Passed Minnesota POST Test, 2004
    Major: Law Enforcement
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1998
    Major: International Relations

Past Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Fred Casey (ret.) and the Honorable Richard Zimmerman in Crow Wing County
  • Stearns County Court Administration, Law Clerk
  • Naval Legal Service Prosecution Team, Admin. Assistant
  • Staff Judge Advocate's Office Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Staff Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Volunteer


Other Sources of Feedback About Michael S. Gaarder

Included on the 2023 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael S. Gaarder on Super Lawyers


  • United States Navy, 1993 - 1995
  • 2013, 2016 Northstar Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Announced on May 8th, 2014 in the Star Tribune
  • Super Lawyers edition, one of the top Rising Star Attorneys in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, 2013 - Present
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2014 - 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 2018 - 2019

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630 Roosevelt RoadSuite 101 St. Cloud, MN 56301

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