Katie Trotzky

Katie Trotzky

Eagan, Minnesota

Katie’s practices family law, focusing on helping parents reach child-centered decisions. Katie helps parents as a mediator, custody and parenting time evaluator, parenting consultant, parenting time expeditor, and early neutral evaluator.  She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and has completed the additional training to perform early neutral evaluations, both regarding custody (SENE) and financial matters (FENE). Katie has taught family law continuing education classes to other lawyers, and provided education and assistance to parents and grandparents to inform them of the laws.

Katie represents people in family court cases including marriage dissolutions, custody between unmarried parents, and grandparent custody cases.  She represents mothers, fathers, grandparents, parents.  She has skills in the financial aspects of family law as well. She is a strong advocate for her clients both in litigation where needed, and in settling cases so that clients can achieve the results needed for their family without unnecessary battle.

Katie won the 2007 Dawn Carlson Family Advocate Award, being named an “everyday hero and champion of justice.” She was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to be on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of the Child Support Procedure.

Katie has expertise in difficult family law cases where there are concerns about chemical dependency, mental illness, domestic violence, abuse to children or high conflict situations. She has trained domestic violence advocates and taught lawyers about these topics.

Katie’s focus has always been on the best interests of children and her undergraduate/college education was in child development/child psychology with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.

Katie provides the following alternative dispute resolution (ADR*) services:


Custody/Parenting Time Evaluations

Parenting Time Expeditor

Parenting Consultant

Early Neutral Evaluations- Financial and Social


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Grandparent / Third Party Custody

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1979


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of Minnesota - Institute of Child Development, Minneapolis , Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: Child Development / Child Psychology

Published Works

  • Child Support and Child Poverty, MSBA Family Law Forum, 2013


  • Basics of Marital Dissolution CLE, Legal Assistance of Dakota County
  • Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection, Legal Assistance of Dakota County, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Dawn Carlson Family Law Advocate Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • First District Bar Association, Officer of Board
  • Dakota County Bar, 1999 - Present
  • AFCC - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County Ltd., Executive Director, 1999 - 2014
  • DHS State of Minnesota - Child Support Enforcement Division, Legal Analyst, 1998 - 1999
  • Minneapolis Legal Aid - Central Minnesota Legal Services, Staff Attorney, 1988 - 1998
  • Minneapolis Legal Aid - Mid Minnesota Legal Assistance, Staff Attorney, 1988 - 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Self Help Family Law Clinic - Dakota County, 1999 - Present
  • Lewis House Family Law Clinic - Dakota County, 1999 - Present
  • Community Legal Education - Grandparent Custody; Child Support; Rights of Unmarried parents