Daniel A. Birkholz

Dan Birkholz is the owner of Birkholz law, and managing attorney in the St. James and Westbrook, Minnesota offices.  For more than 40 years, Dan Birkholz has been representing Southern and Southwestern Minnesota in the areas of family law, criminal law, real estate, estate planning, and litigation services.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: Felonies, Gross Misdemeanors, Misdemeanors, DWI/DUI, Drug Sale and Possession, Assaults, Sexual Crimes, Domestic Assault, Thefts, Burglary, Probation Violations, Traffic Tickets.

Family Law: Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity, Parenting Time, Parenting Plans, Mediation, Child Support, Orders for Protection, Grandparent Visitation, Antenuptial/Prenuptials, Post-decree motions, Spousal Maintenance, Domestic Abuse issues, Appeals.

Real Estate: Representing sellers and buyers in the sale of homes, farms and businesses.  Performed 1000’s of title examinations and opinions, drafted 1000’s of deeds, contracts for deed, and agricultural leases. Done over 1000 successful real estate closings.

Estate Planning: Wills and Trust Drafting and Probate Proceedings, gift tax returns, health care directives, powers of attorney.  Drafted over a 1000 wills, probated 100’s of estates, performed 100’s gift tax returns.

Dan’s Philosophy: Let my 40 years of experience guide you through your legal concerns today with a free consultation. Most importantly I take the time to figure out your problem after listening to your concerns.  My counsel and advice will guide you in spending your money wisely in resolving your case. I only spend your hard earned money to solve your essential legal problems with quick and diligent legal work.

Serious Criminal Trial Attorney: As Watonwan County Attorney for 22 years (1974-1998), Dan Birkholz handled everything from 1st degree murder trials, rape trials, sex assault, complex drug crimes with multiple defendants, arson, theft of public funds, burglary, 1st degree assaults, Felony DWI’s, and more. No case is too big or too small.

From 1998- Present, Dan Birkholz has used his vast criminal law experience to exclusively represent private criminal defense clients in defending their rights in court in over 15 counties in Southwest Minnesota, including Watonwan, Martin, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Nicollet, Faribault, Jackson, Murray, Rock, Nobles, Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood, Murray, and Brown Counties.

Having appeared before every Judge in these counties, Dan Birkholz knows the ins and outs of every prosecutor’s and courtroom practices.  Experience matters!  Contact Dan to get a free detailed review of your case today.

Taking your Divorce Case to Court: When not vindicating the rights of the accused, Dan Birkholz is securing the rights of fathers and mothers in complex divorce and custody cases.  Whether the issues is child custody, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcoholism, alimony, child support, or simply needing a wise guide to get your divorce done promptly and efficiently, Dan Birkholz has guided hundreds of clients to a successful resolution of their family law issues.

Banks and Corporate Clients: Birkholz also represents numerous banks and corporations and LLCs counseling them on transactional and litigation matters.

Planning for the Future: In addition, Birkholz guides individuals, families, and beneficiaries through the maze of probate and estate planning matters.  A quality, well thought out and planned estate is essential in minimizing taxes and costs to heirs and family members.


  • University of Denver Law School, Denver, CO, Juris Doctorate, 1974.
  • St. Cloud State College, St. Cloud, MN. B.S. – Business Administration, Cum Laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar – Admitted 1974
  • Federal District Court – Admitted 1983

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Work History

  • Private Practice 1998 – present.
  • Watonwan County Attorney 1976-1998
  • Assistant Watonwan County Attorney 1974-1976
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Charles E. Bennett, Judge of Superior Court, Denver Colorado, 1972-1974.

Activities and Interests

  • Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Church, Mock Trial, Board of Directors of a local Bank
  • Golf, Sailboat racing, basketball, snow skiing, guitar playing.