Blethen Berens has been part of the southern Minnesota community for over 120 years. We have extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of business and personal matters.

Our team approach allows personal attorneys to tap the expertise and experience of key colleagues on a case-by-case basis.

Three Staff

A Respected Firm:
Why People Choose Blethen Berens

When it comes to selecting an attorney, your decisions may be influenced by many things:

  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Legal Expertise

Watch this video to learn about our attorneys and how their attentive and personal service can make all the difference for you.


Blethen Berens was built on a solid foundation.

The firm of Blethen, Gage and Krause was established in 1896 by S.B. Wilson who quickly developed a reputation as a savvy businessman and tenacious trial lawyer. In the 1920s, he served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Upon returning to private practice, he added partners and the business grew. Wilson and his partners concentrated their efforts on exceptional service, wise counsel and solid relationships. These same principles hold true for the firm today.

Blethen, Gage and Krause merged with Berens, Rodenberg and O’Connor in July of 2018.  The Berens firm was founded in 1927 and has represented individuals and businesses throughout the New Ulm area and beyond.

Combined, both firms have served the area for over 210 years.  We have grown from a local firm to a community-devoted practice with broad reaching influence. The firm continues to be one of the oldest and largest practices in the southern Minnesota area. From attentive personal service to resourceful legal strategies, each client, large or small, benefits from our resources, knowledge and commitment to their legal needs.

Meet Our Team

Legal Excellence. Personal Commitment.

Blethen Berens sets the standard for legal excellence in southern Minnesota, providing unparalleled legal services to meet a full range of business and individual needs.  Smart, experienced and responsive, we serve clients throughout southern Minnesota with dedication, energy and a track record of success.  We invest in our community and are committed to supporting the region’s health and vibrancy. 

Key tenets of our business philosophy:

  • We provide top quality legal counsel and a full range of first-class legal services and solutions to meet our clients’ needs.
  • We understand the profound effect of attitude, combining expert advocacy with enthusiasm and commitment.
  • We advocate vigorously for our clients and are dedicated to our clients’ success and peace of mind.
  • We support our community, as a firm and as individuals.

Contact us today to see how we can put our legal excellence and personal commitment to work for you. 

Mankato Office
New Ulm Office

Community Involvement

Blethen Berens has a long tradition of community involvement, service and pro bono legal representation. In the area of community service, the firm focuses support for community organizations through the active participation of individual attorneys as well as financial support.

Community Organizations

Practice Areas

Attorneys are carefully selected to assure our clients receive unparalleled service and knowledge in the following areas.

Business Commercial Financial
Criminal Law
Estate Planning
Family Law
Government Non-profit Law
Landlord Matters
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Landlord Matters