Attorneys at Law

Gary A. Debele


(612) 672-3667


Areas of Practice


Lee Erickson
(612) 672-3663


Gary's practice is devoted to all aspects of adoption, assisted reproductive technology services, professional licensing board investigations, cohabitation agreements, and family law and juvenile law in state, federal, and tribal courts. His practice also includes mediation in all of these areas.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption: domestic, interstate, international
  • Antenuptial & Cohabitation Agreements
  • Appellate Practice
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology/Surrogacy
  • Juvenile Court: Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)
  • Custody and Visitation: third party, grandparent, relative
  • Domestic Abuse & Harassment
  • Estate Planning for moderate sized estates and families with young children
  • Licensing Boards: Board of Social Work; Board of Psychology
  • Marriage Dissolution: Domestic and International
  • Mediation
  • Paternity
  • Tribal Court: Family law, child welfare, guardianships, and conservatorships

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114, Family & Civil Mediator, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Adoption Mediator, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Mediator, Minnesota Court of Appeals Family Law Mediation Project

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court
  • Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court
  • Lower Sioux Tribal Court
  • Upper Sioux Tribal Court


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
    • Managing Editor, Law Review: Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
  • University of Minnesota, M.A.
  • St. Olaf College, B.A. magna cum laude, B.A.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Collaborative Law and Mediation Committees (National)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Board of Managers, Minnesota Chapter, 2001-2003, 2014-pressent
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, Amicus Committee, Minnesota Chapter
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Member, 1996-Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2006-Present
  • American Bar Association , Member, Family Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections, 1987-Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association , Member, Family Law, Elder Law, Probate and Trust Law Sections, 1987-Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, Family Law, Probate and Estate Law Sections
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, Member, 2006-Present
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Special Member
  • American Society for Legal History
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Charter Member, 2009-Present