Staff

Patrick J. Wall

Advocate

Patrick J. Wall Patrick J. Wall, an advocate and world renowned author/lecturer on the history of child abuse and cover-up in institutional organizations, is lead researcher for Jeff Anderson and Associates. Patrick began his career as a monk and Roman Catholic priest of the Order of Saint Benedict in Collegeville, Minnesota. From 1986-1998 he worked in four parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Since leaving the ministry in 1998, Patrick has worked with prosecutors and private law firms on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse around the country. In 2002, he co-authored the book "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" with Thomas Doyle O.P. and A.W. Richard Sipe.

A prolific and respected blogger, Patrick has also been an expert commentator on ABC, CBC, CNN, NPR and RTE. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Divinity from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as an LLM in Canon law from the University of Cardiff School of Law. Patrick and his family reside in Stillwater, MN.

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Lakeesha Tillmon

Paralegal

Lakeesha Lakeesha’s experience as a litigation paralegal is vital to our mission; her experience interviewing and then maintaining client relationships is invaluable; and her attention to detail in every aspect of case management is important to the overall success of our team.

In addition to her Paralegal certification, Lakeesha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy.

Stacey Benson

Paralegal / Public Relations

Stacey With an extensive background in the legal and investigative fields, and having worked as a field investigator and as an assistant to a California county coroner, Stacey adds great value to our firm. She brings compassion and understanding to her work having volunteered at CornerHouse, a child abuse evaluation and training center in Hennepin County, Minnesota as well as the internationally recognized Innocence Project.

Stacey has held internships with the St. Paul Police Department and Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and obtained her Bachelor’s from Hamline University and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. Stacey resides in St. Paul and coaches high school and club volleyball in the Twin Cities area.

Tim Schultz

Paralegal

Tim Tim is an experienced paralegal with a background in civil litigation and criminal prosecution. Tim began his career as a journalist and uses his interviewing and writing abilities to help the firm and our clients achieve success.

With previous experience in advocating for injured persons, Tim works on behalf of our clients diligently and with great respect. Tim has a Paralegal bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. Tim lives in The Saint Paul area with his family and enjoys live music, reading, playing hockey, running and all outdoor activities.

Beth Gessler

Paralegal

Beth is a graduate of Hamline University with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and Political Science. She has worked as a litigation paralegal for the past 13 years on civil litigation cases, predominantly for the defense, so she will bring a fresh and strategic perspective to the team. Beth has a strong passion for and is devoted to the mission for justice of survivors of sexual abuse.

Beth enjoys outdoor activities, especially playing softball.

Kellie Glasow

Paralegal

Kellie A graduate of Winona State University, Kellie brings to the firm a fresh perspective and background in the legal field and is willing to go the extra mile to advocate for our clients. Kellie’s previous experience includes work with a civil litigation firm in La Crosse, Wisconsin and an internship with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in the Child Protection Unit. She has worked with family members of abused and neglected children and brings a calm, understanding disposition to the work that we do here at Jeff Anderson & Associates.

Kellie lives in Cottage Grove and enjoys outdoor running/activities, reading, cooking and eventually hopes to create her own healthy recipes to share with others.

Lizz Burg

Special Projects Paralegal

Drawn to the energy of the firm along with her desire to pursue social justice, Lizz joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2013. Lizz brings prior civil litigation experience to her paralegal position having previously worked in a Family Law firm. Her passion for learning and dedicated work ethic has made her a welcome addition to our mission. She has a diverse array of volunteer and community service experience having worked as a community educator on HIV/AIDS, working with Minnesotans United and volunteering in Ghanaian orphanages. Lizz's commitment to political and social justice and her diverse and practical legal background will help survivors and our team move forward on the path to legal justice. Lizz resides in South Minneapolis and in her free time enjoys good music, food and laughs with family and friends.

Maggie Bischoff

Law Clerk

Maggie began as an intern with Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2013 and a short time later graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Spanish. She obtained a Child Advocacy certification through the National Child Protection Training Center and will be entering William Mitchell College of Law in the fall of 2014. Maggie's bi-lingual skills helped her successfully study abroad at the University of Granada in Spain for a semester and will bring help and healing to our Spanish-speaking clients. Organized and driven, Maggie is excited to continue her career with Jeff Anderson & Associates. She lives in St. Paul and spends what free time she has riding her horse, snowboarding, running and sailing.

Asja Karic

Communications Manager

Asja holds a B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, she worked as an Advocate coordinating crisis lines, providing court advocacy and supporting survivors through Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
Asja enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has been involved with Women’s Advocates and HandsOn Twin Cities. She brings expertise in working directly with survivors and provides a safe environment for clients here at Jeff Anderson and Associates.

Therese Gahler

Legal / Executive Assistant

Therese Therese has worked for Jeff Anderson for more than fifteen years and currently serves as a legal and executive assistant to both Jeff and Mike Finnegan. In the ever demanding world of a major litigation environment, Therese provides a capable and steady hand that keeps the firm focused and on time.

Erin Dalluge

Legal / Executive Assistant

Erin Erin is the legal and executive assistant to attorneys Sarah Odegaard and Mike Reck. With nineteen years, Erin is the longest tenured employee at Jeff Anderson & Associates. She brings a calm demeanor and historical perspective that are invaluable to the day-to-day work of the firm.

Tammy Dochniak

Legal / Executive Assistant

Tammy Tammy brings 20 years of experience as an executive and legal assistant to attorneys Gregg Meyers and Trusha Patel. Tammy assists the firm's attorneys to function in a productive manner, being responsive and creative in identifying the needs of the firm and clients. She works closely with clients to gather information and assist in the investigation, development and presentation of their claims.

McKinley Wuollet

Technology Manager

McKinley McKinley joined Jeff Anderson & Associates in 2005 as a technology and administrative assistant. He excelled through a combination of dedication, hard work, and proficiency, and soon rose to become the firm’s technology manager.
McKinley oversees and manages every technical aspect of Jeff Anderson & Associates’ day-to-day operations. His workload includes overseeing the firm’s web presence, connecting affiliate offices, and managing the hardware and software used to streamline our workflow and tasks. McKinley’s vital role facilitates Jeff Anderson & Associates’ global outreach while allowing us to maintain our primary focus on what we do best, helping victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Michelle Stoltz

Receptionist

Michelle Michelle is the lead receptionist at Jeff Anderson and Associates, and has answered the phone with a smile since 2004. Before coming to the firm, Michelle worked with adolescents as a client representative for Face to Face Health and Counseling Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Melissa Harris

File Manager

Melissa With great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic Mellissa has kept things in impeccable order at Jeff Anderson & Associates for more than eight years.

Krista Schnelle

Accounts Manager

A native of Dodge City, Kansas, Krista worked in the accounting office of a car dealership before moving to Minnesota to keep books for Jeff Anderson & Associates.

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