Derk Karl Schwieger, J.D., LL.M.

Attorney & Counselor at Law



  Supreme Court of Minnesota (2001)
  Supreme Court of Iowa (1999)
  Supreme Court of Missouri (1998)
  U.S. Tax Court (2015)
  Minnesota Federal District Court (2003)
  8th Circuit Court of Appeals (2011)

Law Practice

Schwieger Law Firm, PLLC = 2003 to present.

I started my own practice in the Twin Cities after winning re-election as County Attorney. I have handled transactional and litigation matters throughout the Upper Midwest in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. My practice areas include estate planning, probate, business and tax issues, and adoption.

Humboldt County Attorney = 1999 to 2002.

  Elected Official, prosecution and investigation of all criminal offenses, juvenile matters, mental health and substance abuse committals, guardianship and conservator actions, and   representation of the County and County Officials.



Boston University School of Law, Master of Laws in Taxation (6th of 84)
Curriculum included: Estate Planning; Gratuitous Transfers; Taxation of Fiduciaries & Trusts; International Estate Planning; Life Cycle of a Business; Tax Practice & Procedure.

  University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor (58th of 161)
  Editorial Assistant for the ABA Appellate Practice Journal and for a contributor to the Eight Circuit Appellate Practice Guide published by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.

  Drake University, Bachelors of Arts, Cum Laude, Major in Political Science
  President’s List and Dean’s List, Transfer Peer Mentor for transfer students.


  Wealth Counsel Member, national attorney group that shares research, forms, and training materials in estate planning and business formation.

  Qualified Civil and Family Neutral and Civil Arbitrator under Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114.

  Hennepin County Lawyer Referral Oversight Committee.

  Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association.

  Federal Criminal Justice Panel Member for Minnesota.


Who's Who, Minnesota Law & Politics.

Gold Seal Award, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Statewide award for efforts and dedication toward ending domestic violence against women and children.

Certificate of Appreciation, Domestic and Sexual Assault Outreach Center, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Litigation Training

  National Advocacy Center, National District Attorneys Association. Trial training by career prosecutors with pre-course preparation and videotaped critiques. Trial Advocacy; Pre-Trial Advocacy; Juvenile Delinquency Prosecution.

  National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Trial training by experienced attorneys and judges requiring pre-course preparation with videotaped critiques.

  Reid Institute for Interview and Interrogation. Training in Behavioral Analysis Interview and Interrogation.



Raised on family’s Century Farm in Iowa and still involved in a closely held family corporation.

Active duty soldier and cadet Honorably Discharged from the United States Army at West Point, New York, before a benign bone tumor required reconstructive foot surgery at Mayo Clinic.


College Basketball All-Conference and Letter Winner at Texas A&M and Brandeis University.


  Edina Morning Rotary Member.

Active in volunteer activities, church and political organizations, and public speaking in front of large crowds on numerous occasions.

  Former Vice Chair of a County Central Political Committee, County Convention Chairman, and Delegate to the County, District, and State Conventions, and County Chair for three statewide campaigns in Iowa.