• June 17, 2010

From time to time, we are reminded that lawyers’ work is often adversarial to the point of escalating to tragic violence, most often, it seems, in the context of family law.

The following is a forwarded message from Susan Sheely sent out by Kim Dresser of the Minnesota State Bar Association:


Most, if not all, of you are already aware of the brutal knife attack on Fridley Family Law attorney Terri Melcher.  Terri was attacked in her office late last week by the ex-husband of one of her clients.  Many of her friends and colleagues in the legal community have asked how they can show their care, concern and support for Terri.

Messages of support can be emailed to: ssheely@bgs.com or marnaanderson@hshlaw.com; we will ensure she and her family get them.

In addition, the Anoka County Bar Association has set up the “Terri Melcher Benefit Fund.”  Donations can be made directly to the fund at any Wells Fargo location, or checks made out to the Fund can be sent to:

Susan Sheely, c/o Barna, Guzy and Steffen, Ltd.,

200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, Suite 400,

Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Marna Anderson, c/o Hicken, Scott, Howard and Anderson,

2150 Third Ave., Suite 300,

Anoka, MN 55303

Thank you all for your care and concern for Terri during this difficult time.

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