Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell

Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell

Best & Flanagan LLP
  • Family Law, Divorce
  • Minnesota, New Mexico
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Elizabeth is an attorney at Best & Flanagan LLP in Minneapolis. Her practice is focused exclusively on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, post-decree matters, international and domestic parental abduction, and third party custody.

Elizabeth serves as a compassionate and fierce advocate for her clients. A skilled writer and negotiator, she enjoys crafting creative solutions and is always prepared to advocate for her clients and their children both in and out of the courtroom.

Elizabeth graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College and earned her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas, where she was an editor of the Law Journal. She is currently the President-Elect of the University of St. Thomas School Alumni Advisory Board.

Elizabeth previously practiced family law for over 11 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was a shareholder in her former firm. A member of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, she is a trained parent coordinator and has frequently worked as a Court-appointed neutral. She is experienced at handling parental child abduction cases and is a member of the International Child Abduction Attorney Network. Elizabeth is also trained in collaborative divorce.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and is a freelance singer and cellist. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of Cantus and Lutheran Summer Music.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
ID Number: 399614
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New Mexico
State Bar of New Mexico
ID Number: 24003
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Professional Experience
Best & Flanagan LLP
- Current
Heimerl & Lammers LLC
Attorney & Shareholder
Geer Wissel Levy & Hartwell P.A.
Associate 2007-11 | Partner 2012-18 | Managing Partner 2016-18
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
J.D. (2006) | Law
President’s Scholarship (full tuition) | Dean’s List | Dean’s Award (Law & Religion)
Activities: University of St. Thomas Law Journal (Senior Editor) | Research Assistant, Professor Thomas C. Berg | Certified Student Attorney, Family Law Clinic
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Saint Olaf College
B.A. (1999) | English, Religion, Women's Studies
Honors: Cum Laude Theta Alpha Kappa
Activities: Study Abroad: Regent’s University, London, England | Newberry Library Fellow, Chicago, IL | St. Olaf Orchestra | St. Olaf Cantorei | Junior Counselor | Manitou Messenger Copy Editor | Student Senate | Broadcast Operator at WCAL 89.3 FM
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Professional Associations
AAML Divorce Camp
Planning Committee
- Current
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Association of Family & Conciliation Courts-Minnesota Chapter
Education Committee
- Current
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Minnesota State Bar Association
- Current
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Minnesota Women Lawyers
- Current
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Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
- Current
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New Mexico State Bar
- Current
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Articles & Publications
“Non-Abatement”—Chapter 11 of the New Mexico Family Law Manual: Topics in Family Law for the New Mexico Judiciary
New Mexico Judicial Education Center Institute of Public Law
Speaking Engagements
Death and Dissolution: Oldham, The Probate Code, and Beyond
New Mexico State Bar
Family Law Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practice course, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Speaker for Solo & Small Firm Practice course on the topic of practicing family law
Handling Your First Domestic Abuse or Harassment Case
Minnesota State Bar Association
Certified Family Law Specialist
New Mexico Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Best & Flanagan LLP
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Toll-Free: (612) 339-7121
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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