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About Us

Our Mission as Lawyers

We’ve seen that often just one side of a controversy has all the power.  But our Constitution allows for both sides to have a voice, and we make sure that our clients’ voices are heard clearly, forcefully and effectively.

We take great pride in empowering our clients whether against a big insurance company, a controlling spouse, a merciless creditor or even the government.

History

Nelson & Barnhart began with Steve Nelson in 1974 when Steve returned to his hometown of International Falls to open his own law office after having graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and worked as an associate of Moss & Barnett in Downtown Minneapolis, MN, for several years.

Andy Barnhart moved to International falls within a year of graduating law school in 2010 and worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles H. LeDuc.  In April of 2013, Andy became an associate of Steve Nelson, and on January 1, 2014, Steve and Andy entered the partnership of Nelson & Barnhart.

Sue Maki is an International Falls native and has been a legal assistant to Steve Nelson since 2000.

Teri Bright is also an International Falls native and has been a legal assistant to Steve since January of 2012.