Our Team


Managing Partner

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Magna cum laude

Carleton College, B.A.

Magna cum laude

Contact Claire

(507) 252-8997

Claire is an Avid Educator

Claire believes that explaining law in understandable terms is crucial.

Here are a few places where Claire has given classes:
  • Speaker at the Annual 2016 Probate and Trust Law Institute (put on by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education for lawyers) regarding Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (a tax-advantaged wealth transfer technique).
  • Multiple speeches to lawyers and financial professionals about updates in the law through the Rochester Estate Planning Council.
  • Seminars to businesses and accountants about the rules regarding employee benefits and retirement plans.
  • Numerous classes about estate planning and administration through Community Education.
  • Charitable giving seminars at various non-profits and churches.
  • Speeches at senior living facilities about the importance of getting one’s affairs in order.

As a former chemist, Claire is meticulous and methodical

Surprisingly, Claire’s background prior to becoming a lawyer was in the technical sciences. She majored in Chemistry at Carleton College, worked at 3M, and later was employed at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. on the international and litigation teams. Her background in the hard sciences fostered her development in becoming a thorough lawyer.

Claire’s family has lived in Rochester for more than a century

Claire has deep roots in this community. Her great-grandparents arrived in Rochester around the turn of the twentieth century. In fact, her great-grandfather fixed up model-T Fords in the building next door to the Yanowitz Law Firm (presently the Tap House).

Family is of the utmost importance to Claire

Claire loves spending time with her husband, her daughter and son. She is thankful every day that she is able to work alongside her father in partnership in a family business. For that reason, she is happy that her practice centers on families. It gives Claire great joy that she can craft plans that promote family harmony, assist couples in achieving their charitable dreams, and support extended families in smoothly passing on their business, farm and cabin to the younger generation.