Shelley I. Torvinen
Shelley I. Torvinen
Shelley I. Torvinen joined the firm January 1, 2015, after closing her 18 year solo private practice, Torvinen Law Office, because it just made sense to stop competing and instead to join forces with her husband, Kyle.
Shelley’s undergrad was at the College of St. Benedict where she earned a degree in psychology in 1986, earning an academic scholarship and teaching assistant positions for both statistics and the psychology lab.
After college, Shelley spent four years as a “Job Coach,” training adults with intellectual disabilities into jobs for the Mankato Rehabilitation Center and then was a Director of a Weight Loss Clinic, continuing her passion for counseling. However, another passion, law, called her to law school.
Shelley entered Hamline law school in 1990 where she served on the State Board of Directors and as Vice President and Treasurer of the Minnesota Justice Foundation. She also served as Secretary of the Student Bar Association. She was named to the Dean’s List, the National Dean’s List and was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship and the 3M Scholarship for Women. Shelley had an internship at Anishinabe Legal Services and another at Legal Aid Service of NorthEastern Minnesota, in Duluth, MN, where she handled the landlord/tenant caseload. She graduated from Hamline in 1993 earning her Juris Doctor.
After law school, Shelley worked for Western Minnesota Regional Legal Services in Willmar, MN where she served clients in a broad range of legal issues. While there, she was recruited by an opponent and joined his prominent law firm, Thompton, Sperry & Jensen, in Litchfield, MN, where she worked in a multitude of practice areas, and developed the family law practice for the firm.
In 1995 Shelley moved to the Twin Ports to marry Kyle and worked as a judicial law clerk for Judges Carol M. Person and Heather L. Sweetland in St. Louis County, Duluth, MN. In these positions, she was responsible for research, writing and drafting for the court.
In 1997 she opened Torvinen Law Office in Superior, Wisconsin. While maintaining that practice, she was hired as the Assistant City Attorney for Superior, Wisconsin, and as a half-time Assistant District Attorney for Douglas County, Wisconsin (where she also worked from 2011 to 2014). She enjoyed the challenge and variety of these three jobs until the birth of their first son in 1999, prompting her to scale back to “just” operating her private practice while she incorporated parenting responsibilities. Shelley and Kyle’s second son was born in 2004.
Trained by the Dispute Resolution Institute as a Divorce Mediator, Shelley mediated over 100 cases for Douglas County, Wisconsin for over eight years with an impressive success rate as gauged by the high percentage of cases that reached agreements. Shelley is licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is a member of the MN State Bar Association, the WI State Bar Association, the Douglas County Bar Association, the St. Louis County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She was recognized as a member of the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals in 2013 and as a “10 Best Attorneys” for “Exceptional and outstanding client service and client satisfaction” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2018.
She is active in her community and has served on the Board of the Challenge Center, the Board of the charitable organization “Kids in Nebagamon,” and currently is on the Dove Board, a subsidiary of Catholic Charities Bureau. She also served as Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 212 (Poplar, WI) for three years while her two sons went through the program, one who Eagled, and the other who is on course to Eagle. She remains an active Scouting parent.
Shelley believes clients need to be well informed to assist in their representation. She is a tenacious advocate, listening to and educating clients and helping them through what can be difficult times in their lives. She will work hard for you.