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Ryan Schmisek | Twin Cities Family Law Attorney
Ryan-Schmisek-Attorney at Schmisek Law


Since 2001, Ryan Schmisek has focused his practice on all areas of divorce and family law.  He is experienced in the division of marital property and debts, child custody, parenting time, child support, orders for protection, the negotiation and preparation of divorce settlement agreements, premarital agreements, and adoption.

Mr. Schmisek has represented numerous military members, federal employees, including foreign service officers, and their spouses, and therefore has a unique knowledge of issues affecting these individuals, including division of retired pay, survivor benefits, and other issues specifically affecting these individuals. While he understands that a negotiated settlement in family law cases is preferable, he also has extensive experience in bringing matters to trial.

Mr. Schmisek spent more than a decade practicing law at a prestigious family law firm in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, before returning to Minnesota. He has written appellate briefs for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Schmisek was recognized by SuperLawyers® Rising Stars list in 2007, 2010-2014, and was included on the SuperLawyers® list in 2016 and 2017.  He has also been designated by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings as “AV Preeminent®,” the highest possible designation reflecting legal skills and ethics.

Mr. Schmisek is member of the Minnesota State Bar, Virginia State Bar, the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Dakota County Bar Association Family Law Section.