Trusted advisor. Aggressive advocate.
As one of the Twin Cities’ most experienced civil litigators, Dawn Van Tassel has successfully represented hundreds of businesses and individuals in protecting their rights and assets. Whether through business-side employment law, contract disputes, appeals, mediation services, arbitration or litigation, Dawn is passionate about guiding small- to mid-sized businesses to successful legal outcomes.
Dawn founded Van Tassel Law Firm in 2014 because she saw a need for pragmatic, efficient legal counsel focused on the issues facing small and medium businesses. Intentionally industry-agnostic, Dawn hangs her hat on her mastery of the legal processes Minnesota businesses must navigate. Having successfully tried cases throughout the Twin Cities metro area over two decades, Dawn is intimately familiar with the state and federal courts of Minnesota and elsewhere. Dawn is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s General Rules of Practice, and she is admitted to practice before numerous appellate courts, including the Supreme Court.
Previously, Dawn was partner at one of the top 10 law firms in the Twin Cities. During her 13-year tenure as a business litigation attorney there, she tried numerous cases in state and federal courts with successful outcomes, and successfully argued appeals to state and federal appellate courts. Dawn started her career nearly 20 years ago as a business attorney with one of the 10-largest law firms in the Twin Cities at the time.
Dawn has also been an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She frequently writes and speaks about evidentiary topics, about which she is an expert. Dawn volunteers with the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center in St. Paul.
Dawn received her Juris Doctor from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
Dawn lives in St. Louis Park with her daughter, Julia, and two cats, Clark Kent and Purrcy Jackson. The cats and daughter have far more active social media accounts than Dawn herself. Weekends can find Dawn partaking of the rich Minneapolis arts scene and enjoying the urban nature around Minneapolis’ many lakes.