About Sara Swanson:
Sara was born and raised in Hutchinson, Minnesota, where she graduated from Maplewood Academy in 1993. Sara then attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Writing and Speaking. Sara graduated valedictorian of her college class in 1996. After graduating from college, Sara married her high-school/college sweetheart (from Blackberry, Minnesota) and began attending law school at the University of Minnesota (one of the top 20 law schools in the nation). During Sara’s time in law school, Sara also gained practical experience working for a private family law attorney in Minneapolis, volunteering at the Southside Legal Aid Office in South Minneapolis, interning through the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) clinic, and clerking for the Honorable Jack Davies at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Also, during the summer of 1997, Sara completed a summer internship at Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota, where she solidified her desire to practice family law in Northern Minnesota. In 1999, Sara graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School (earning her Juris Doctorate in Law).


After graduating from law school and taking the bar exam, Sara began working as an associate for the John P. Dimich Law Office in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sara became a partner with Dimich, Swanson, & Sterle, PLLP in 2003, and in 2007, Sara opened her own solo practice (after renovating a hundred year old house into office space).


Sara has been actively involved in the Grand Rapids legal community, helping create an Early Case Management/Early Neutral Evaluation pilot project for Itasca County. Sara is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and a past president of the Itasca County Bar Association. Sara volunteers time to indigent parties through the Volunteer Attorney Program.

Sara enjoys spending time with her family, competing in triathlons, marathons (and other races), traveling, and cross-country skiing. Sara also enjoys volunteering with the Itasca Coronary Health Improvement Project.

About Emily Burk:
Emily was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, where she attended the Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College. Emily has worked as a legal assistant for Ms. Swanson since 2003. Former clients have aptly described Emily as professional, kind, knowledgeable, and compassionate.

About Jane Wilcox:
Jane was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, where she attended the Grand Rapids High School.  Jane was a stay-at-home parent for approximately 20 years, raising her 4 children before working for Independent School District 318 (approximately 8 years).  Jane has worked as a legal assistant for Swanson Law Office since 2009, providing friendly, courteous, and proficient service to clients.





About Us

About Sara Swanson

About Emily Burk

About Jane Wilcox


Antenuptial (Pre-marital) and Post-nuptial Agreements

Legal Advice and/or Representation in Divorce

Legal Separation

Child Custody

Visitation/Parenting Time Issues

Child Support


Post-Decree Issues

Orders for Protection

Harassment Restraining Orders

Third-Party Custody

Contact Us

Swanson Law Office, P.C.

506 NW Fifth Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Telephone: (218) 999-5520

Facsimile: (218) 999-5521


Hours of Operation

Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. – Noon

Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday: CLOSED

Please note that our office closes over the noon hour every business day.

* The information in this website is intended for informational purposes only, and is not to be construed as legal advice.
One should seek competent legal advice concerning his/her particular legal issues.

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