Focus on Specific Legal Areas

Each attorney within our firm concentrates on specific legal areas. Together, we make up a general practice law firm that can handle almost any legal problem with up-to-date advice and experience.

Standard of Excellence

Our firm is AV Rated, the highest possible Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The "A" signifies the highest levels of legal ability, while the "V" denotes "very high" adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Commitment to Community

A commitment to public service is deeply ingrained in our firm culture. Our attorneys and staff are active in a wide variety of causes that touch our communities.

Service Since 1916

We celebrated our firm's 90th anniversary in 2007. 

Tracing our roots back to 1916, the firm was started by State Sen. Leo J. Lauerman (pictured at right). Lauerman was a prominent attorrney who served as secretary to Charles Lindbergh's father in the House of Representatives. Gordon Keith was Lauerman's first partner. 

In the early 1930's, Harold Pfeiffer joined the law firm. DePaul Willette joined Lauerman in December, 1961. They were joined by James Zeug in 1962. The firm was known as Lauerman, Willette and Zeug until Lauerman's death. In 1966, John Kraft moved to Olivia and joined the firm. Jim Zeug was appointed District Court Judge in 1970 and the firm was then known as Willette and Kraft. 

Donald H. Walser joined the firm in 1972. Paul A. Nelson came in 1975, Steven E. Hettig joined the firm in 1979, Daniel B. Honsey joined in 1994, and Christopher A. Kleiman joined the firm in 2002. Sene M. Zupke joined Kraft Walser in 2008. Elizabeth Randa joined the firm in 2012.

DePaul Willette was appointed District Court Judge and served in that capacity from 1977 to 1982. He then rejoined the firm, which was known as Willette, Kraft, Walser, Nelson & Hettig. Willette left the firm in 1992 to become the Executive Secretary of the Minnesota Board of Judicial Standards. Paul Nelson was appointed District Court Judge in 1997. 

Providing first-rate legal service to our clients has been our philosophy for 90 years, and it continues to direct our endeavors as we look toward the future.


Kraft Walser Hettig Honsey & Kleiman - A Professional Limited Liability Partnership