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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

For the last year, thanks to the hard work of all of our staff, and you, our clients, no one who works at this office has gotten Covid while working here, and we have not spread a single case to any of our clients, while getting all of our client's legal needs taken care of. With the spread of vaccination the end is in sight, normal times where we can meet our clients in person in the office are just around the corner.

During the transition we will be having some in person, in office appointments for clients who have already been vaccinated, and for whom the CDC recommended period of time has passed since their last shot. Of course, for anyone who would prefer a phone or video appointment for safety, convenience, or any other reason those types of appointments are always available.

For our clients who have not yet completed the vaccination cycle phone and video appointments are of course available, and, with the return of warm weather we will again be offering outside appointments under the tent right outside our front door. For all appointments, masks will continue to be required.

Through the transition safety of all staff and clients will continue to be our top priority, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please see our blog for more info on pandemic response.

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Allen J. Peterson
  • Attorney






Minnesota native Allen J. Peterson is a 2017 graduate of the University of St. Thomas - School of Law. Allen was born September 24,1991 in Dakota County. He focused heavily in criminal law during law school and chose to diversify himself early in his career. Allen is ambitious to become well-rounded at a young age and has criminal experience as a prosecutor in Itasca County, corporate practice in downtown Minneapolis, private practice including child protection and criminal defense in Goodhue County, and served as City Attorney for the City of Winona. 
Allen joined Ed Shaw Law in 2020 and now focuses heavily on family law, including adoption, dissolution of marriage/divorce, child custody, and establishment of paternity. He enjoys serving the client and problem-solving by bringing a personal and smalltown touch to the practice of law.
Allen is an avid outdoorsman and prefers up north, small-town living with a close sense of community. He enjoys lake days at the cabin, mechanics, and powersports.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2017