Michael Kemp

Michael Kemp
Associate Attorney

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Michael Kemp
Associate Attorney

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Karen Herberg
Legal Assistant

Sheila M. Moe

“Knowing the law is one thing. It’s the skilled lawyer who knows that good representation goes far beyond just knowing the law, to also knowing the client.” -Michael Kemp


Michael Kemp comes to Hansen Dordell with seven years of litigation experience as a solo practitioner. After graduating from law school, Michael opened a litigation practice in St. Paul, and got his feet wet immediately trying cases ranging from simple DWI cases to major felonies, and from small claims to claims involving multi-million dollar projects. Michael built a successful practice by providing good client service and proven results for his clients.

Michael is a veteran of the United States Army where he was stationed in Italy for four years with the 173d Airborne Brigade. He brings a unique blend of hard work, paratrooper tenacity, and legal knowledge to bear when solving his clients’ legal problems.

When not at work, Michael can usually be found at the parks with his dog, Karma, playing a rousing game of pub trivia, or at home working towards his life-long goal of watching every one of the seven thousand (and rising) episodes of Jeopardy!


  • Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.), magna cum laude, University of St. Thomas School of Law
    • Senior Editor, Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy
    • Recipient, President’s Scholarship
    • Dean’s List, Dean’s Award in Constitutional Law, Property Law, Lawyering Skills
    • Best Oralist Award, Jessup Moot Court Competition
    • Regional Semifinalist, American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, English and Journalism, Loras College (2000)
  • 173d Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy (2001–2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Federal Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Chairman, Ars Bellum Foundation

Ars Bellum provides art therapy assistance to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

President, 173rd Airborne Association, Chapter 15

Chapter 15 of the 173rd Airborne Association serves veterans of the 173rd and related units in the Great Lakes region, and is focused on veterans’ involvement with their community


  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2009-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University (2013-2014)
  • University of St. Thomas “Living the Mission” Award (2012)
  • “Supremely Unique: Significant Supreme Court Opinions in 2016”— CLE on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Evenwel v. Abbot and districting in state and local elections (2016)
  • “Fundamentals of Starting and Building Your Law Practice”— CLE on principles of solo and small-firm practice (2016)
  • Solo Practice monthly column in Minnesota Lawyer (2013–2017)

Michael's Focus Areas

Business Litigation

Hansen Dordell’s team of business litigators represent clients in all types of business disputes. We develop creative strategies to aggressively and efficiently advocate for our clients.

Criminal Defense

If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a crime, contact us to understand your rights and options. You will likely need legal representation. Criminal charges can result in major consequences.

Medical Malpractice

Hansen Dordell has been representing injured patients in medical and dental malpractice claims for more than 30 years. Learn how Hansen Dordell can help you.

Workers' Compensation

We have extensive experience in workers’ compensation litigation. We work with the insurers, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators to bring about the most successful resolution of workers’ compensation matters.