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Jay Tentinger

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Managing Partner
Apple Valley, Minnesota

I have been licensed as an attorney since 1980 and founded Tentinger Law Firm in 1997. I am admitted to practice before the state and federal district courts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. I have been a public defender, assistant attorney general for the State of Iowa, and also worked for several insurance companies. I am experienced in family law, including adoptions, child custody and child support, divorce (dissolution), legal separation, parenting/ visitation, spousal maintenance (alimony) and pre-nuptial agreements. I am a member of the Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska State Bar Associations and a no-fault arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

When representing clients, I listen to the facts of their case and advise and counsel them on how the law applies to their issue(s). I then proceed to work on the case to obtain the best results for the client based on the facts and the law. I have many years of litigation and appeals experience to handle small cases all the way up to complex litigation.

I am very active in my community. I was an appointed commissioner for the Port Authority of Rosemount from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, I was a planning commissioner from 1994 to 2000. I am an active member of the Knights of Columbus, donating my time to charitable events that organization helps support.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Farming Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1987
  • Nebraska, 1982
  • Iowa, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1987


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1976
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Diploma - 1997
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • M.B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa
    • B.S. - 1971

Representative Cases

  • Lieske v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 2000 WL 1664973 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2000)
  • Laska v. Williams, 1997 WL 104617 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 1997)
  • Wycoff v. Menke, 773 F.2d 983 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit 1985)
  • In the interest of W.B., Jr., a child, 328 N.W. 2d 518 (Supreme Court of Iowa 1983)

Representative Clients

  • American Family Insurance Co.
  • Auto Owners Insurance Company
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  • MetLife Auto & Home
  • National Farmers Union Insurance Co.
  • Ohio Casualty Group
  • St. Paul Fire and Marine
  • Western National Insurance Group


  • Reservation of Rights, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 2004
  • No-Fault Seminar: The Basics, MetLife Auto & Home Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
  • Recent Developments Involving No-Fault, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Benefits, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 1998
  • Slip and Fall Cases in Minnesota - Defense Perspective, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 1998
  • Insurance Coverage Law in Minnesota, National Business Institute Bloomington, Minnesota, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Knights of Columbus, Member, 1997 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Tentinger Law Firm, P.A., Eagan, Minnesota, Attorney, 1997 - Present
  • No-Fault Arbitrator through American Arbitration Association, 1992 - Present
  • Port Authority of Rosemount, Commissioner, 2003 - 2011
  • City of Rosemount, Task Force for Redevelopment of St. Joseph Campus (Volunteer Position), 2007
  • City of Rosemount, Downtown Redevelopment Committee (Volunteer Position), 2004
  • City of Rosemount, Planning Commissioner, 1994 - 2000
  • Johnson And Condon, P.A., Edina, Minnesota, Associate Attorney, 1994 - 1997
  • Grannis, Grannis, Hauge, Eide, Anderson & Keller, P.A., Eagan, Minnesota, Associate Attorney, 1993 - 1994
  • National Farmers Union Property & Casualty Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, Assistant Manager/Attorney, 1988 - 1993
  • Sodoro, Daly & Sodoro, Omaha, Nebraska, Associate Attorney, 1986 - 1988
  • Carriers Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa, Claims Attorney, 1985 - 1986
  • Iowa Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1984 - 1985
  • Woodbury County, Iowa, Assistant Public Defender, 1981 - 1984


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I was facing an ugly custody battle and I had no idea where to turn. It was very stressful and emotional for me, but I was more concerned for my child's emotional state going through all of this. I searched the internet, found Tentinger Law Firm, and made the call. When I met with Jay Tentinger, he made me feel at ease with his knowledge... read more

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