Deborah M. Gallenberg

Deborah M. Gallenberg

Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctorate cum laude
  • New York University
    • M.A., Master of Arts
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: French Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court

Professional Memberships and Committee Involvement

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • University of St. Thomas Law School, Mentor
  • Open World Program—Delegation from Republic of Georgia to the Twin Cities, Local Coordinator, October 2012
  • Rotary Club of Minneapolis

Achievements and Awards

  • Named a Rising Star, 2016, by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Named a Rising Star, 2015, by Minnesota Law & Politics

Appellate Court Representation

  • Dokken v. Garlick, No. A12-1521, 2013 Lexis 547(Minn. Ct. App. June 17, 2013)
  • Rye v. Cook, No. A13 – 1414, 2014 Lexis 434 (Minn. Ct. App. May 5, 2014)
  • Rye v. Cook, No. A14-0002, 2014 Order Opinion (Minn. Ct. App. June 19, 2014)
  • Sasse v. Penkert, No. A -14-0440, 2015 Minn. App. Unpub. Lexis 126 (Minn. Ct. App. February 9, 2015)


  • The Impact of Rising College Costs on Divorce (with Marian Saksena and Katie Merkel), Minnesota CLE, May 2011
  • Ethically and Effectively Working with Pro Se Litigants, (with Walter Burk, Katie Ketcher, Judge William H. Koch & Regina Wagner), Family Law Institute, March 2011

Published Works

  • Promoting Access to Justice: The Hennepin County Limited Scope Legal Services Program, (with Sarah F. Novak), Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, February 2011
  • The Intersection of Rising College Costs and Changes in Family Law, (with Marian Saksena and Katie Merkel), The Hennepin Lawyer, November 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Hennepin County, Fourth Judicial District, Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Abrams and the Honorable William H. Koch
  • University of Minnesota Law School, Chief of Staff to the Deans; Acting Director of International and Graduate Programs
  • Cinnaminson Middle School - Cinnaminson, New Jersey, Teacher, French and Spanish, Grades 6-8

Deborah practices exclusively in the area of family law. She has consistently demonstrated she is detailed, focused, and goal-oriented in her practice of law as well as a zealous advocate for clients. Her goal is to encourage communication between parties and counsel out-of-court, yet is prepared to litigate matters if needed.

Deborah has worked with children and adults in various settings and understands the emotionally and financially complex issues that arise in family law matters.

Prior to joining Honsa Rodd Landry, Deborah served more than 3 years as a law clerk for two Judges serving a family court position in Hennepin County District Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law