Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell

Best & Flanagan LLP
Minnesota, New Mexico

About Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell

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 serving her second term on 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.



Work experience

Best & Flanagan LLP
Attorney | 2020 - Present
Heimerl & Lammers LLC
Attorney | 2018 - 2020
Geer Wissel Levy & Hartwell P.A.
Attorney & Shareholder | 2007 - 2018
Associate 2007-11 | Partner 2012-18 | Managing Partner 2016-18


University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
J.D. (2006), Law | 2003 - 2006
Activities: University of St. Thomas Law Journal (Senior Editor) | Research Assistant, Professor Thomas C. Berg | Certified Student Attorney, Family Law Clinic
Saint Olaf College
B.A. (1999), English, Religion, Women's Studies | 1995 - 1999
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. Honors: Cum Laude Theta Alpha Kappa


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