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Birken Law Office PLLC

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1400 Van Buren ST NE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Company Phone: 612.200.3679

Company Email: jess@birkenlaw.com

Company Website: http://www.birkenlaw.com

Region Served: Statewide Minnesota

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Hi, I’m Jess Birken.

I am the owner of Birken Law Office, I help nonprofits and artists solve problems so they can quit worrying and get back to what matters most – The Work. I’m not like most attorneys, I actually have an outgoing personality, and – like you – I like to think outside the box. Most of my clients are passionate and have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m like that too. My goal is to help you crush it. Getting bogged down in the minutia sucks the joy out of the important work. My clients want to do the work – not the paperwork.

My Credentials

  • BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude
  • MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University

Want more? Check out my LinkedIn profile.

My Biography
I am the former CEO & Managing Partner at Urban Birken PLLC, a boutique firm that specialized in serving the nonprofit community. I have worked with nonprofit organizations for most of my career.

Before becoming a private practice attorney, I spent four years inside a national nonprofit organization, Pheasants Forever.

I worked my way through law school and had the beginnings of a promising career in criminal law after graduation. However, I quickly realized that going to court is depressing! In court, the toothpaste is out of the tube and you’re just trying to clean up the mess. My colleagues reassured me I’d become callous and get used to the grim reality. But I thought that sounded like a terrible personal outcome and decided I needed to change course. I really missed the nonprofit sector.  As a result, I went back to grad school and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management. I rejoined the nonprofit sector through my work with Pheasants Forever where my role was a marriage of attorney work and federal grant management and administration.

Since that time, I have run my own firms. I’m now the owner of Birken Law Office a firm designed to help nonprofits and the arts.

My Family
I have two daughters, who are the light of my life. (Well sometimes they can act like little scamps but mostly they are awesome!) We live outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, near their dad who is amazing and a great friend.

In my free time, I enjoy pretending to be a foodie, science fiction, films, dance music, running and spending time with great friends.

My Contact Information
You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Work with Me
Click here to schedule a time to talk with my new client specialist about working with the firm - or just call us at 612.200.3679


Pricing Information:

I work with nonprofits of all stripes and sizes. I love getting to know my clients and being a strategic partner with them. Anybody can produce a one-off document, or get less than expert opinions, but the best advice comes from a working relationship. When my team and I work with you our goals are:

  • Create flexible solutions and win-win outcomes
  • Keep deals moving forward
  • Understand the programs and personalities
  • Help you build a word-class nonprofit

We offer both traditional hourly billing and innovative subscription legal services (click here to learn more about that program!). Let’s us help you with the paperwork and compliance so you can get back to the mission.

Contact Us:
Jessica Birken

Categories: Attorneys, Fundraising Consultants, Organizational Development Consultants, Real Estate, Leadership Transition Services

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Member Since: March 2017

Member Level: Supporter Level

Typical Size Served: Startup <$10K to $75M Annual Budget

Nonprofit Type: Emerging to mid-sized charitable organizations.


Jess Birken is the owner of Birken Law Office and focuses her practice on helping nonprofits and arts organizations with a wide variety of matters.

Jess holds a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007. She also holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the Hamline School of Business. 

  • Masters in Nonprofit Management
  • Trained Mediator
  • Licensed Notary Public
  • Member Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member American Bar Association

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posted on 09/11/2017 by Bonnie Gallagher
Product or Service Received: Jess helped us with the start up of our non profit business. And has been providing great service ever since!
Reviewer's Budget Size: under $250,000
Reviewer's Region: Twin Cities Metro Area
Experience: We would not be where we are at if not for Jess. She is professional, knowledgeable and personable. She kept us going in the right direction. Jess is able to educate her customers, which helps us make better decisions. We will continue to recommend her over and over. K9s From Carrie

posted on 03/28/2017 by anonymous user
Product or Service Received: Business Document Review
Reviewer's Budget Size: under $250,000
Reviewer's Region: Twin Cities Metro Area
Experience: I just wanted to take a moment to let you know of my experience with Birken Law. Far too often, people are eager to write letters or make a phone call to complain, but I wanted to take the time to write to let you know that I am very pleased with the performance, expertise, and professionalism of Mrs. Birken.

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