My name is Courtney Sebo, and I am an attorney in Excelsior, Minnesota. Excelsior is a beautiful little town on Lake Minnetonka, the ninth largest lake in Minnesota. Excelsior comes alive in the summertime and sweetly naps under twinkle lights in the winter.
About a year ago, I moved to Excelsior to join my fiance and his two children, who are 14 (nearly 15) and 13. My fiance is a firefighter in Minneapolis and is building an addition onto the house. For more information on what it was like moving in with my fiance and his children, as well as the joys and stresses of being part of a blended family, please visit the Blended portion of this blog.
I graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in May of 2010. I went to work as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Gordon W. Shumaker at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. After my year-long clerkship ended, I became an Associate Attorney at the medium-sized law firm of Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney. There, I practiced in the areas of land-use law, employment law, education law, special education law, and other areas. While there, I researched and helped draft a winning brief to the Minnesota Supreme Court in the area of land use.
Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney split into two firms on January 1, 2013, and unfortunately, my position was a casualty of the split. This was a really difficult time for me. I had no idea how personally traumatic it can be to lose a job. I had no idea how much I identified with my work and, when it was gone, how much I would miss it. I scrambled and was anxious during that time. Luckily, within the month, I was invited back to the Minnesota Court of Appeals as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence B. Stauber, Jr. (Judge Shumaker had retired by that point.) I worked for Judge Stauber temporarily and then joined Meagher & Geer as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Anti-Fraud Counseling and Litigation practice group.
At Meagher & Geer, I practiced in the areas of no-fault automobile insurance, property insurance, and life insurance. I represented large insurance companies at more than 80 no-fault arbitration hearings. I wrote motions to federal and state district courts and conducted legal research in support of those motions. I counseled clients and helped draft opinion letters to clients.
On March 13, 2015, I left the firm and started Excelsior Law Firm, L.L.C. Starting my own law firm has been scary but has been more exciting and gratifying than I ever thought possible. Socrates once implored humanity to “know thyself.” Starting my own law firm has been a beautiful enterprise in knowing myself, one I feel blessed to be experiencing.
I hope my blog helps leads others through various legal processes, including estate planning, divorce, family law matters, and litigation in general. These processes can be daunting and overwhelming, and my sincere hope is to give my clients peace of mind and feel in control of their lives. “. . .[M]ost people surveying the world around them today see only chaos. They suffer a sense of personal powerlessness and pointlessness. . . .Individuals need life structure. A life lacking in comprehensive structure is an aimless wreck. The absence of structure breeds breakdown. Structure provides the relatively fixed points of reference we need.” — From The EMyth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber, HaperBusiness, 1995, quoting Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave. I aim to give people hope and peace of mind. I aim to help them protect their families and their families’ futures. I aim to sell hope, and I plan to protect dreams. Thanks for reading my blog.