Meet the Team
Here to guide you through your legal situation
Owner & Lawyer
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. After a career in sales and marketing, she attended Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and obtained her Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving at Hamline’s top-ranked Dispute Resolution Institute. At Pepperdine, Sarah was honored to be selected as the commencement speaker for graduation. There she was also inducted into the Phi Theta Alpha history honor society. She was on the Dean’s List twice at Hamline University School of Law. See Sarah’s full bio.
Growing up in Wyoming, Minnesota, John enjoyed sports, playing everything from football to golf. He carries that dedication to preparation and a leave-it-all-on-the-field mentality into his law practice. Over his career, John has fought for his clients in conciliation court (small claims court), state and federal courts, before arbitrators and various administrative bodies. His varied experiences, including working at a law firm in China, give him unique insight into solving client problems with a dynamic and holistic approach. John currently lives in Cold Spring with his wife and five kids. When not working, he enjoys language learning and amateur computer coding. Prior to law school, John spent time in China teaching English and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
- Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
- J.D. – 2012
- Competed in Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot (East) in Hong Kong
- Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
- B.A. & B.S. – 2008
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude with double major in Economics and Political Science.
- Minnesota, 2013
- New York, 2013
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2016
- John E. Simonett Inn of Court, President for 2023-2024 Inn Year
- Member of Minnesota State Bar Association
- Member of Stearns-Benton Bar Association
- Central Minnesota Legal Services, Volunteer
- Super Lawyers MN Rising Star 2022 & 2023
Adam Seward joined River Valley Law, PA in May, 2023 as a summer law clerk. Adam will be continuing as a part-time law clerk while completing his J.D. at University of St. Thomas School of Law. His primary areas of practice will be in general civil litigation and appellate work.
Adam, a Minnesota native, received his bachelor’s degree of Politics, History, and Economics from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Afterward, he went directly into law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he is currently completing his third and final year. As an Eagle Scout, Adam has a love of nature and the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and kayaking. Adam also enjoys reading, collecting trading cards, and spending quality time with family and friends. Adam values hard work, honesty, and commitment; ensuring he keeps to his word and doesn’t stop until the task is done.
Legal Administrative Assistant
Deana is a transplant from the West Coast. She attended MN School of Business where she received her AAS in Business Administration. She has experience in the legal field both as a staff member in a local law office and also in a local court system. Deana loves to travel and some of her most notable trips have been to Aruba, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Germany, Portugal, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Deana enjoys meeting new people and also enjoys baking, cooking, and putting a new twist on her favorite recipes. Deana treasures time spent with family and friends and looks forward to assisting the clients of River Valley Law.
Julie has an AAS Paralegal Degree from Rasmussen University and a Business Administration Certificate from St. Cloud Business College. She has been in the legal profession as a Paralegal since 2011. She has an extensive background in civil litigation, family law, housing/eviction, expungement, protective orders, and criminal law matters. Julie is an avid bowler and a member of the local bowling hall of fame. She also enjoys spending time with her family/friends and selling her beautiful one-of-a-kind wreaths at local craft shows.
Ashley M. Cadreau
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Phone: (320) 497-7977 | Fax: 1 (320) 640-2828 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
River Valley Law, P.A.
183 Seventh Avenue South, Waite Park, MN 56387
Mon - Thur: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
River Valley Law, P.A.
3523 – 45th Street Sout, Suite 100, Fargo, ND 58104
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