Meet the Team

Gillian J. Blomquist, Attorney and Mediator

gillian@wandbattorneys.com

Gillian J. Blomquist grew up in California and lived in Arizona and Vancouver, Canada, before adopting Minnesota as her home.

Gillian has worked in the legal field since 1998, starting as a paralegal with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and then working as a family law paralegal while she completed her master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. In Arizona, she worked for the Attorney General’s Office on child protection matters. Upon returning to Minnesota, she spent time working for the 10th Judicial District as a Guardian ad Litem advocating for children in juvenile and family court. As an attorney in Minnesota, she has handled matters as diverse as estate planning, contested probate matters, bankruptcy, family law, and guardianship. Since 2014, she has practiced exclusively family law.

Gillian’s law practice consists of handling matters such as divorce, child custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, spousal maintenance, and other related matters. Gillian believes that an attorney’s role is to provide realistic expectations based on the law, to consider creative ways to solve complex problems, and to reduce client stress by acting as a steady guide through difficult times. While she prefers to work with her clients towards negotiating solid and fair agreements, she also has the skills necessary to advocate for her clients in court when necessary. She is qualified as a Rule 114 neutral and handles family law mediations.

Gillian spends her time away from the practice of law raising two busy kids with her husband, running with two energetic dogs, and restoring an old house.

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Divorce
Child Custody
Child Support
Alimony/Spousal Maintenance

Bar Admissions

State of Arizona, 2004
State of Minnesota, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2007

Education

Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, J.D., 2004
Honors: William H. Pedrick Scholar
Law Journal: Arizona State Law Journal

University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, M.P.P., 2000
Honors: Cum Laude

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, B.A. Sociology, 1997
Honors: Cum Laude, University Honors College Graduate, Dean’s List

Professional Associations

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Minnesota Chapter
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Pro Bono Activities

Self-Represented Legal Clinic – Tubman Chrysalis Center
Rule 17.02 Guardian ad Litem – Hennepin County District Court
Children’s Law Center – Volunteer Attorney

Other Qualifications

Rule 114 Certified
SENE and FENE Certified

Kyle T. Wermerskirchen, Attorney and Mediator

kyle@wandbattorneys.com

Attorney Kyle T. Wermerskirchen brings to family law a broad-based background and wide perspective that helps him understand people from all walks of life. He has argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court, litigated jury trials in federal and state court, and appeared in over 25 counties across Minnesota.

“In family law, I can help individuals in distress, and can have a helpful, direct, and immediate impact,” says Kyle. “I have a broad perspective when meeting new people. One of the things I love about family law is that I get to help real people deal with very real, very significant issues in their lives.”

Kyle believes the first priority in any family law matter is to get to know the client and to understand the client’s unique situation and needs. He says, “I believe communication is the key to successful outcomes in cases. I begin my free consultations with a simple question: What do you want to achieve in this case?” I need to know my client’s expectations, and to give them a realistic assessment of outcomes. I also want each client to know what the timeline of the case will be, and the most efficient options for resolving the case.

Once mechanisms are in place that allow the client to continue functioning, he gets to work preparing his case.

“I gather the information necessary to advance the case to trial, with the hope that the case may settle,” says Kyle. “I practice cooperatively to the extent possible — I don’t want to create an unnecessary conflict.  But I approach each case as if it were going to trial. My experience has been that this approach actually promotes settlement.”

Kyle Wermerskirchen represents clients in divorce and legal separations, custody and paternity cases, orders for protection, parenting plan modifications, child support modifications, QDROs, contempt proceedings, and enforcement actions on post decree property issues.

Kyle and his wife enjoy the considerable job of managing their two children, who are active with school, activities, and general tomfoolery. When he gets the chance, he likes to explore new restaurants or get outdoors — but mostly ends up chasing his youngsters or tending to his energetic yellow lab.

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Domestic Abuse
Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

State of Minnesota
United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean’s List
Law Journal: Minnesota Journal of Global Trade

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN, B.A. Communication with Minors in Russian and Philosophy
Honors: Graduated with Highest Honors, Honors College Graduate, Dean’s List

Professional Associations

President, Cooperative Practice Institute of Minnesota

Monthly Presenter, Second Saturday of Minnesota Divorce Workshop

Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Volunteer Lawyers Network
Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Program
Cooperative Practice Institute of Minnesota

Nicole Olson, Paralegal

Nicole Olson has over 11 years of litigation paralegal experience. Prior to joining Wermerskirchen & Blomquist, LLC in 2017, Nicole served as a litigation paralegal where she gained experience in complex commercial, business, and construction litigation with the law firms of Faegre & Benson, Best Buy Corporation, and Foley & Mansfield. Nicole provides legal assistance by preparing initial pleadings, judgments and orders in dissolution, legal separation, child custody, and child support cases, as well as providing a supportive role in all aspects of file management and organization.

Nicole is currently enrolled in the Judicial Reporting Program at Anoka Technical College, and will graduate with an AAS Degree and a Proofreading/Scoping Certificate.

Education

AA Degree from Ridgewater Community College, Willmar, Minnesota

Paralegal Certificate from Minnesota Paralegal Institute, Minnetonka, Minnesota