England Law Office, Ltd.
Personalized Family Law Services For The Lake City And Red Wing Areas

Karen England

Karen England
Lake City, MN

ENGLAND LAW OFFICE, Ltd. was incorporated in Minnesota in April 2009 and continues to provide for all of your legal needs. Once you are a client, we have a relationship into the future...I hope that you will continue to use my legal services and refer others just like you!

I am a Qualified Neutral (under Rule 114) and am now offering a full range of Mediation and Parenting Time Expediting for Civil and Family Cases. For a civil, cost-effective divorce, or help resolving parenting time disputes, please Call for more information...651-345-LAW1 (345-5291)

In life, sometimes there is Conflict, Disagreement, and Misunderstanding.

I am committed to providing Practical & Realistic Legal Advice that is Respectful of You and Others.

I have established relationships with colleagues Court Systems Professionals, and other Professionals to assist you and meet all of your legal needs. I can connect you with other professionals in other disciplines to provide you Full Service for your needs.

I am licensed to Practice Law in the State of Minnesota and primarily serve the Counties of Goodhue, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona. I have and will continue to serve clients in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, & Ramsey Counties.

I am educated!
After six years in Retail Management, I returned to Law School as a working adult and earned my Doctorate Degree in Law at Hamline University. I was a first year Student Bar Representative and active in Women's Legal Caucus. I am a proud "Cobber"! While at Concordia College in Moorhead, I was the Student Life Commissioner and Served on the Homecoming Committee as Publicity Chair. I was an International Student Host, and taught Norwegian to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. I am on the Alumni Board for my High School. I am also my High School Class Representative and chaired our 20-Year Reunion held in 2006 and our 25-Year Reunion to be held in August. My former employment includes grading nation-wide standardized tests.

I am a volunteer!
Since moving to Lake City, I have been involved in the community. I was appointed and served on the Florence Township Planning Commission. I was extremely involved with Lake City's Grand Excursion event in July 2004. I demonstrated my ability to work extremely well with others, with the common goal of showcasing our community to guests from all over the world. I served on the Villa Maria Board and am the VFW Auxiliary Senior-Vice. For several years now I have been involved as a Judge and Chairperson for the "Patriot's Pen" & "Voice of Democracy" programs through the VFW for our local students. I was the First District Chief of Staff for two years, and Chaired the District's "Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year" contest, awarding the winners at Loyalty Days this past May. I have mentored Lake City students by being involved with the VFW/Auxiliary Junior Unit, and have had local high school students as "job shadows" in my work. I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand the written and oral skills of our Lake City youth, and I have served as a local Judge and presenter of awards given by the local VFW & Auxiliary.

I am a demonstrated leader!
I work very well with others and have managed up to 150 employees. I have taught countless others how to complete tasks, organize, and manage. I have established relationships within the legal community, the VFW/Auxiliary, the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau, Religious and Civic Organizations, Young Professionals, and the Business Community. I know how to get my hands dirty and dig in to get a job done. I lead by example and am willing to roll up my sleeves to tackle the difficult tasks and ask the difficult questions. I am thoughtful and level-headed. I am reasonable. I enjoy lively discussions and value others who are able to persuade with sound argument and reasoning. I am progressive and forward-thinking.

As an attorney, I serve the citizens of this community as an ethical and common-sense advocate. I serve this entire community by serving as the City Attorney for the City of Lake City. I handle the prosecutions for the City of Lake City and have a private practice primarily in Family Law. I understand the needs of children and families in these counties! I serve on the Minnesota State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and the Insurance For Members Committee. I also served on the MSBA Sesquicentennial Committee.

I am a teacher!
I help to educate others about the legal system. I have been part of various training sessions for the Lake City Police Department including updates in Criminal Law and "review" sessions in report writing and probable cause. I educate Boards and Commissions, as functions of City Government, Staff and Elected Officials about their roles and responsibilities.

I am excited to serve on the School Board! I believe that literacy and fundamentals are the foundation for our youth to be prepared for life! Communication skills are key for building self-confidence, and our youth NEED excellent reading comprehension, writing, and mathematical skills in order to communicate well with others and succeed in any profession they choose!

I am so happy that I was elected and serve the citizens of our School District! I commit and promise to serve to the best of my ability, come to each and every meeting prepared, give each issue my full-attention, and ask some of the difficult questions that need to be asked.

I will be respectful of others. I will examine expenditures and be accountable for my positions.
I will use all of my skills and abilities to continue to improve the quality of education in ISD #813!

Areas of Practice

  • Family
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution of a Marriage
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Property Division
  • Alimony
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Health Care Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Parenting Time

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1999
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Communications, Business Administration

Published Works

  • Lake City Graphic
  • The Concordian (College Newspaper)
  • Minneapolis Star & Tribune

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • MSBA Insurance, Committee Member, 2007 to Present
  • MSBA Professional Conduct, Committee Member, 2007 to Present
  • MSBA Sesquicentennial Committee, 2007 to 2010
  • New Lawyers Section, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Criminal Justice Committee (Wabasha County), Member, 2004 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Gartner England & Associates, Ltd., Private Practice Attorney, 2004 to 2009
  • Thomas-Lowther Law Office, Attorney, 2002 to 2004
  • Winstein Kavensky & Wallace, Student Internship, 1998 to 1999
  • The England Agency, Minnetonka, MN, 1994 to 1998
  • Bachman's Floral & Gift Center, Plymouth, MN, Associate Manager, 1999 to 2001
  • Moorhead & Minnetonka, MN & Grand Forks, ND, Assistant Manager, 1990 to 1994
  • ConnCo Shoes, St. Louis Park, MN, Assistant Manager, 1983 to 1987
  • Advising the Mayor, City Council, & City Staff in Legal Matters, 2004 to 2013
  • Training of Police Department Officers & Staff, 2004 to 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 2002 to Present
  • Mock Trial Judge (College & High School Levels), 1998 to Present
  • Board of Trustees Member, Villa Maria, 2008 to 2010
  • High School Alumni Class Agent (Class of 1986) & Alumni Board (Appointed), 2006 to Present
  • Board of Trustees Member (Elected), "Lake City Votes" Candidate’s Forums – Moderator 2006 Elections & Chairperson 2004 Elections, 2004 to 2005
  • Silent Auction Chairperson, Cancer Relay For Life, 2004 to 2005
  • Chamber of Commerce Member, 1994 to 1999
  • Chamber of Commerce Member, 2002 to 2007
  • Finance Director (Elected), Celebrate River Community & Lake City Grand Excursion, 2003 to Present
  • Planning Commission Member – Florence Township (Appointed), 2002 to 2004
  • Board of Trustees Member & Secretary to the Board, United Methodist Church, 2002 to 2004
  • Women's Leadership Conferences, 2004 to 2004
  • Women's Leadership Conferences, 2003 to 2003
  • Women's Leadership Conferences, 1998 to 1998
  • College Republicans – Concordia College, 1986 to 1990
  • Local Auxiliary Senior-Vice (Elected), Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2007 to Present
  • Local Auxiliary Junior-Vice (Elected), Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2004 to 2011
  • Chairperson, Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2004 to 2010
  • Chairperson & Cadence Caller, Local Auxiliary Color Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2005 to 2008
  • Chief of Staff, First District (for the State of Minnesota), Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2006 to 2008
  • Chairperson, First District (for the State of Minnesota) Poppy Promotions, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2005 to 2008
  • Chaplain (Elected), First District (for the State of Minnesota), Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2004 to 2005
  • Mentor, Junior Girls Unit, 2002 to Present