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Dan Birkholz


Dan Birkholz


(507) 387-2100
(507) 375-3374

Dan Birkholz is managing attorney in the St. James, Minnesota office. For more than 42 years, Dan has been practicing in Southwestern Minnesota in the areas of real estate, and estate planning services.

Dan’s Philosophy

"Let my 40 years of experience guide you through your legal concerns today with a free consultation. Most importantly, I take the time to figure out your problem after listening to your concerns. My counsel and advice will guide you in spending your money wisely in resolving your case. I only spend your hard-earned money to solve your essential legal problems with quick and diligent legal work."

A serious litigator, Dan began his career serving as Watonwan County Attorney for 22 years, where he handled everything from 1st degree murder trials to trials for rape, sex assault, complex drug crimes with multiple defendants, arson, theft of public funds, burglary, 1st degree assault, felony DWI, and more. Since 1998, Dan has used his vast criminal law experience to exclusively represent private criminal defense clients in defending their rights in court in over 15 counties in Southwest Minnesota. Having appeared before every judge in these counties, Dan is well-versed in prosecutors' and courtrooms' practices.

When not vindicating the rights of the accused, Dan is securing the rights of fathers and mothers in complex divorce and custody cases. Whether the issue is child custody, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcoholism, alimony, child support, or simply needing a wise guide to get your divorce done promptly and efficiently, Dan has guided hundreds of clients to a successful resolution of their family law issues. Dan has also represented numerous banks, corporations and LLCs.

Nowadays, Dan is on the road to retirement and is only practicing in Estate Planning & Probate and Real Estate cases.

Outside the courtroom, Dan counsels organizations on transactional matters, represents sellers and buyers in the sale or lease of homes, farms and businesses, and guides individuals, families, and beneficiaries through the maze of probate and estate planning matters. Over the course of his career, he has performed hundreds of title examinations and opinions, many deeds to real estate, contracts for deed, and agricultural leases. In addition, he has closed many successful real estate matters. A significant part of his practice has been drafting wills, probating estates, and preparing gift tax returns.

Experience matters! Contact Dan today.

Practice Areas


  • University of Denver Law School, Denver, CO, Juris Doctorate, 1974
  • St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, MN. B.S. – Business Administration, Cum Laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar – Admitted 1974
  • Federal District Court – Admitted 1983

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Work History

  • Private practice, 1998 – present
  • Watonwan County Attorney, 1976-1998
  • Assistant Watonwan County Attorney, 1974-1976
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Charles E. Bennett, Judge of Superior Court, Denver Colorado, 1972-1974

Activities and Interests

  • Served on Board of Directors of several banks
  • Rotary Club, Kiwanis, church, Mock Trial
  • Golf, sailboat racing, basketball, snow skiing, guitar playing