John Messerly

John Messerly's goal as an attorney is to provide clients with the most value possible, even if that means less business for him. A hallmark of his practice is helping clients come up with unconventional solutions to problems, saving clients time and money and helping them avoid frustration in the process. John’s high-level training and years of experience have given him the tools to be a strong, effective litigator, but his common sense and practicality also allow him to propose useful, outside-the-box alternatives that have made him very popular with his clients time and time again. John enjoys the opportunity to help his clients understand and navigate the complicated legal concepts they face to obtain the best results possible.

Prior to joining the firm, John worked as an associate in the Tax, Trusts, and Estate Planning Department of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Gritzner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

John grew up in Iowa and went to Iowa State University where he became a die-hard Cyclones fan. He studied French, Political Science, and International studies, before going to law school at the University of Iowa. He presently lives in Maple Grove with his wife, Anna, and enjoys watching and playing sports, finding new ethnic restaurants, and being a part of his church family. In the summer, John likes to spend his time counseling youth at a nonprofit, nondenominational Bible camp in upper Minnesota.


  • Iowa State University, B.A., 2005, with honors

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2008


  • State of Minnesota, 2008


  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Hennepin County Bar Association

  • Christian Legal Society

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning

  • Probate and Trust Administration

  • Probate and Trust Litigation

  • Small Business Law