Name: Brenna Galvin
Phone Number: (952) 925-4147
Legal Assistant: Valerie Stedman
Focus Areas: Long-term care planning, Veterans benefits, Medical Assistance, Estate planning, Disability planning, including Supplemental and Special needs trusts, and Estate or Trust Administration.
Education: JD – William Mitchell College of Law; BA – Psychology and Political Science – University of Minnesota.
Community Involvement/Professional Associations: Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Governing Council, Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Board Member of Kairos Alive!, Member of the University of Minnesota M Club, Member of the Minneapolis Rowing Club.
Those who know me well say that I’m:
- Energetic – I help my clients feel welcome and comfortable with my warmth and enthusiasm. My positive spirit permeates my professional and personal relationships.
- Invested– I’m committed to you as my client. Whether I’m helping you plan for your future or guiding you towards the resources you need, I pour my heart into making your life better by maintaining quality of life as you age. My relationships with clients are paramount-you will never feel like an afterthought while working with me.
- Tenacious – I approach each of my client’s goals with unwavering determination and dedication. There are many complexities when it comes to planning. Together, we will explore all available options in order to find the right one for your situation. Even in the face of challenges you can count on me to be by your side, helping you understand your options and advocate for your best interests.
I chose to become an attorney because I believe law at its core is a helping profession and I’ve always felt a calling to help people. My career path turned out to be a series of stepping stones that brought me where I am today. While in high school, I befriended and mentored a classmate with autism. During my college years, I became interested in psychology and affecting change through public policy with disability rights. During this time, I learned sign language. One of my professors in law school, who specialized in disability and elder law, mentored me and really showed me that there was a need for quality planners and advocates in this field.
I believe in the goodness of people. I’ve learned that everyone is really trying to do the best that they can in any given situation.
I can challenge myself to transcend my limits and achieve new goals beyond what I thought was possible.
My greatest accomplishments were winning the Big Ten Championship as a member of the University of Minnesota’s Rowing Team and passing the bar exam, which brought me one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming an attorney and helping people.
I’m making a difference by working with my clients on an individual basis to meet their unique needs and to preserve their autonomy regardless of their age and ability.
Quote me: “Plan for the worst so you can live your best.”
My next challenge is to row at the Head of the Charles Regatta – the largest two-day regatta in the world.
On my bookshelf: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.
Seven words that describe me: Gregarious, compassionate, personable, enthusiastic, athlete, optimistic, determined.
One thing most people don’t know about me: As a first grader, I successfully argued my way out of being in trouble at school by building a five-point argument which proved that the teacher’s rule was unfair.
When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring the North Shore with my husband, as well as rowing on the Mississippi River, biking Minnesota, drinking coffee with friends and family, roaming Farmer’s Markets, and attending concerts and plays.