Attorney Profiles

Your Legal Team

We use our education and experience to help individuals and small businesses find common-sense solutions to legal problems. One of us is a lifelong Minnesotan. One of us has called many places home. Both of us decided to settle in Saint Paul and dedicate our careers to helping folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa who find themselves in need of legal assistance. Rather than working with abstract concepts for faceless corporations, we are committed to helping real people with real problems.


Michael Ortner

mortner@oandb-llc.com
651.621.4191

I grew up in Iowa. But after spending my early adulthood rambling from Iowa to Minnesota to California to Washington, I decided to make St. Paul my permanent home because, at heart, I’m still a Midwesterner. And after spending the beginning of my legal career primarily representing large corporations, I decided to go into private practice because I find it much more fulfilling to help regular people with the real problems that they unfortunately encounter from time to time. I take pride in devoting my time and effort to doing something I believe in and I want to use my talent, energy, training, and experience to help solve problems for real people like you. This is why Theresa and I started this law firm.

Before attending law school, I spent seven years working as a health insurance claims analyst for HMOs and indemnity insurers in the states mentioned above. My legal experience includes clerking for the Honorable Bruce D. Willis at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and working for a prominent Twin Cities insurance-defense firm. In my free time I enjoy hiking, cycling, and attending alternative music concerts.

Education:
Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law, 2002
Honors – Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court (2001 and 2002); Associate, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy (2000-2001); Managing Editor, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy (2001-2002)
Publications – Serving a Different MasterThe Decline of Diversity and the Public Interest in American Radio in the Wake of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Fall 2000

Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), University of Iowa, 1989

Licensed to practice law in the state courts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Washington, as well as the U.S. Federal District Court for Minnesota.


Theresa Bofferding

tbofferding@oandb-llc.com
651.746.9106

I love just about every aspect of being an attorney, but I am especially passionate about getting to know and work with people, like you, who need legal advice and someone to speak on their behalf. While in law school, I served as Marshal for the Minnesota Supreme Court. After law school, I clerked for the Honorable Gordon Shumaker at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and then practiced in many areas of law – primarily insurance defense litigation. My experience includes state and federal court trials and appellate advocacy in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, I grade Minnesota State Bar exam essays and teach college-level courses in law, ethics, and writing.

Before beginning law school, my career included work in medical and higher-education administration. My personal background includes the joy of raising three daughters. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, quilting, and cross-stitching.

Education:
Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law, 2002
Honors – Negotiation and Mediation Moot Court (2000); International Moot Court (2001); Admiralty Moot Court (2002); President, Hamline International Law Society (2001-2002)

Bachelor of Arts, English and Secondary Education, Augsburg College, 1994

Professional Certificates and Training:
National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Advocacy Teacher Training Diploma
Nationwide Insurance Company – Trial Advocacy Trainer
American Arbitration Association – Arbitrator Certification – No-Fault

Licensed to practice law in the state courts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Federal District Court for Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.