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Lynae A. Tucker-Chellew



Licensed in Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska

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Spirit Lake Attorney in Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law, and Municipal Law

The “Take-Charge” Problem Solver

Lynae A. Tucker-Chellew is a “take-charge” problem solver who fights for her clients in the boardroom, the living room and the courtroom because you deserve support from start to finish. She is equipped with the knowledge and passion to help any business, entrepreneur, landowner or executive who wants to proactively protect what they have built.

Lynae has broad experience with a general practice background and extensive courtroom experience as a litigator where she has represented cities and counties, farms, manufacturing, construction, financial institutions, high worth families in estate planning, elder law and family law. With each client she uses strategic and bold legal practices individualized to each scenario to remedy legal issues no matter how complex. 

Lynae found that her best legal work is work where there are multiple avenues to a resolution and each avenue requires enthusiastic and bold strategy. “After my first contentious family law related case, I realized that I loved being in the courtroom and arguing on behalf of my client. I never looked back after that experience. I feel most at home in the courtroom.”

Lynae became an attorney because she wanted to help people. She was raised by a business owner in the medical field who she watched help his community and the impact that his service had on the people they interacted with every day, this inspired her to offer a service that would support her community just the same. Lynae has represented parents who have lost their children, business owners wrongfully accused, elderly and disabled people and their families to protect their assets and local governments who are charged with protecting their constituents. In each role, her focus has always been about taking care of the greater good and that is why she wanted to be a part of the legal industry from the start.

LICENSED IN: Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska

Lynae’s “Why”

Lynae is married to Ryan, and they have two dogs, Mia and Cooper. They spend most of their free time riding bicycles or being out on the lake. Lynae likes to collect experiences—she has lived in 4 states and 3 countries and is very passionate about traveling as well.

Fun Fact: Lynae has dedicated a lot of her life to the Miss America organization as a competitor, a local director and a coach. From many years of experience in the organization she has developed a lot of skills that help make young professionals more marketable. She offers interview and resume coaching and support for individuals to meet both their professional and extra-curricular goals.

Bar Admissions

  • State: Iowa, Minnesota, & Nebraska
  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, SD Juris Doctor, May 2018
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Bachelor of Arts, June 2015
    • Journalism, Communication and Media
Previous Employment
  • Jackson County Minnesota
    • Assistant County Attorney, October 2020- January 2022
  • Costello, Carlson, Butzon and Schmit, LLP
    • Associate Attorney, September 2019– October 2020
      • City Attorney for 2 cities in Martin County
      • Registered Parents’ Attorney related to Child Protection matters
      • Court appointed attorney handling child protection, paternity, commitment and guardianship matters
      • Practiced transactional law and litigation relating to real estate, estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, business and some family law matters
  • State of Iowa, District 3A
    • Law Clerk, August 2018 – August 2019
      • Conducted legal research on a variety of judicial concerns
      • Drafted and edited judicial rulings
      • Assisted 5 Judges across 11 counties in judicial proceedings including drafting jury instructions, analyzing motions and applying legal reasoning to legal arguments
  • Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore, LLP
    • Summer Associate, 2017
      • Researched and analyzed complex civil and transactional legal issues and wrote memos and briefs for submission to a supervising attorney
      • Focused specifically on employment law and discrimination related cases
      • Synthesized legal research and analyzed research into a coherent written memorandum or brief for submission to a client or court
      • Anticipated and mitigated potential legal problems within the law firm or for a client — and developed strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk
      • Conducted client meetings and attended court hearings in Rapid City and Deadwood
  • Sioux City Human Rights Commission
    • Summer Legal Research Intern, June 2015 – August 2016
      • Researched and wrote investigative reports
      • Determined cause findings and no probable cause regarding complaints filed with the commission
      • Gathered and analyzed research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents
      • Met with clients and other city attorneys during cause finding investigations
  • MN State Bar
  • IA State Bar
  • Alpha Xi Delta, Epsilon Chapter Corporation Board
  • ABA Young Lawyer’s Leadership Committee
  • Mrs. Iowa – Reign March 1, 2022 – March 1, 2023
  • Jackson Business Development Committee, President, 2020-Present; Committee member 2019- Present