My Family Law Philosophy

The Law Offices of R. Leigh Frost, Ltd. is located in the city of Saint Paul, MN with a primary practice in cooperative and family law.

R. Leigh Frost

R. Leigh Frost has maintained her own practice in Saint Paul litigating cases that involve all matters related to marital dissolution since March 2004. Her practice includes, but is not limited to marital dissolution, the establishment and modification of child support, civil contempt for non-payment of child support, establishment of paternity, step-parent adoptions, and post-decree custody, parenting time and spousal maintenance modification. She also represents unemancipated, pregnant teenagers at parental notification hearings in Ramsey County.

Ms. Frost initially pursued her undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2000, she received a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota bar.

She has served as Co-Chair on the Membership Committee of the Ramsey County Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for the Ramsey County Bar Association through June of 2008, and a Co-Chair of the Family Law section and New Lawyer section. She has been and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association since 2000, she is a current and active member of the Douglas K. Amdahl Inns of Court. She volunteered on the John Choi for Ramsey County Attorney campaign in 2010 and since 2011 she is a volunteer with Project 515 serving on the communications committee and speakers bureau. Ms. Frost recently served on the Celebrate Planned Parenthood silent auction committee for the 2011 event.

R. Leigh Frost Resume

Summary

Family law professional with more than nine years of experience operating a solo practice, as well as five years as a contract Ramsey County Public Defender representing teenagers in parental notification hearings.

Key Strengths

Respect for Diversity: Regularly provide legal services to non-native English speakers and clients who are Hmong, Somali, Russian or Lithuanian, from all socio-economic levels.

Productive Work Style: An organized professional who uses time well and respects the time of others.

Effective Management: Skills honed through private practice management include staff supervision and training, budgeting, resource conservation, and client outreach.

Legal Skills: A quick and competent legal writer, accurate keeper of documentation, and skilled researcher of legal issues. Strengths in interpersonal communications and client relations.

Experience

The Law Offices of R. Leigh Frost, Attorney and Counselor at Law, St. Paul, MN, March 2004 – present. Litigating cases involving all matters related to marital dissolution, establishment and modification of child support, civil contempt for non-payment of child support, establishment of paternity or parentage, step-parent adoptions, post-decree custody, parenting time and spousal maintenance modification.

Handle all cases at any stage of the process, from parentage establishments to initial dissolution actions to post-decree matters, including modification motions.

Also conducted solo, contract law practice, January – October 2002, assisting attorneys with research and writing projects and appearing on their behalf in motion hearings in family court.

Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, Family Law Division, Associate, Edina, MN, November 2002 – February 2004

The Family Law Practice of Mary J. Bjorklund, Part-time Associate, Edina, MN, July 2001 – January 2002
The Family Law Practice of Nancy Murphy, Part-time Associate, Edina, MN, July 2001 – January 2002

Hennepin County District Court Judge Lucy Wieland, Law Clerk, January – June 2001

Office of the Ramsey County Attorney – Child Support Enforcement Division, Certified Student Attorney, 1998 – 2000. Gained courtroom experience under the supervision of an attorney. Prepared pleadings, presented cases, cross-examined and examined witnesses, wrote memorandums of law and briefs.

Service to the Profession

CLE Presenter – Live and webcast presentations for the Family Law Institute, MN CLE live presentations and webcasts, and Metro State University on such topics as collections, new lawyer experience, introduction to family law, Cooperative Practice Network, how to start a law firm, family law ethics and collections.

Contract Ramsey County Public Defender, 5+ years, for unemancipated, pregnant teenagers at parental notification hearings (aka Judicial Waivers) pursuant to Minn. Stat. §144.343.

Pro Bono Attorney, Tubman Safety Project, for low income individuals seeking Orders for Protections and/or Harassment Restraining Orders.

Blog Publications (rleighfrostlaw.com). Regular writing for lay people and clients on family law topics such as legal and physical custody and notice of adoption.

Education

Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2000
Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota – College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, 1993

Professional Development

Attend regular and Family Law focused CLEs, including the annual Minnesota CLE Family Law Institute and the annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Minnesota Chapter Divorce Camp.

Other recent professional training:

  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Civil Mediation, Minnesota CLE 2011
  • Early Case Management, Minnesota Judicial Branch 2011
  • Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), MN Judicial Branch, 2011
  • Family Law Mediation Bridge Course, Mankato State University, 2011

Professional Affiliations

Cooperative Practice Network, 2011-present. A national organization of family law attorneys committed to cooperative practices.

Ramsey County Bar Association. Past and current: Board of Directors, co-chair of Membership Section, Co-chair of Family Law Section, member of New Lawyers section, 2000-present.

Minnesota State Bar. Participation on the Life and Law Committee and member of the family law section, 2000-present.

Amdahl Inns of Court, 2004-present.

Community Involvement

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, member and Chancel Choir and bell choir participant.

John Choi for Ramsey County Attorney, volunteered on campaign 2009 – 2010.

Project 515, served on communications committee and speakers’ bureau, 2011 – 2012.

MN United for All Families, volunteered on campaign 2012 Fall election.

Cooperative Practice Network MN