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Best & Flanagan has an enduring commitment to the communities in which we live and practice. From providing pro bono legal services to active involvement in politics, schools, and civic coalitions, we are proud to be a part of our communities.

Our attorneys, paralegals, and staff all volunteer their time and abundant effort to organizations such as the Volunteer Lawyers Network, the Children’s Law Center, and Wills for Heroes. We are members of non-profit boards, and readily involved in bar associations across the United States.

Through passionate legal support, we are dedicated to serving disadvantaged individuals and others in need. We regularly take on cases and causes to further the administration of equal justice, especially in the areas of housing and real estate, family law, and juvenile law.

Together, we and our community partners support each other and advocate making a difference.

  • Attorney Spotlight

    "Pro bono work is very rewarding for me since it allows me to use the knowledge and skills I’ve gained as a lawyer in an impactful way for people in need."

    Kim Ruckdaschel-Haley has been designated a North Star Lawyer and Pro Bono All Star by the Minnesota State Bar Association. She currently chairs the MSBA Litigation Council’s Community Service Committee, volunteers with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, and as a conciliation court judge in Dakota County.

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    Kim M. Ruckdaschel-Haley / Attorney
  • Attorney Spotlight

    “I view opening the doors to justice for people who cannot afford legal services to be part of my professional obligations as an attorney.”

    Katie Barrett Wiik does extensive pro bono work before both appellate and trial courts. Her deep commitment to pro bono work includes such causes as advancing gender equality and reproductive justice, and advocating on behalf of transgender people, asylum seekers, people who have experienced discrimination, and survivors of sexual or domestic violence.

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    Katherine S. Barrett Wiik / Attorney
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    "Pro bono work allows me to use my legal skills to show up for and support my community. Most of my pro bono work is in immigration, and helping clients build a new home in a community they love is incredibly rewarding."

    In addition to her designation as a North Star Lawyer and Pro Bono All Star, Jen Olson has been recognized as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

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    Jennifer L. Olson / Attorney