University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005;
Dean’s award in Land Use Planning, Negotiation Skills,
and Business Planning,
University of Minnesota, M.S., 1997
University of Minnesota, B.S., with distinction, 1992
Barbara Brekke is a founding partner in the firm of Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich. She focuses her practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and probate, real estate and property, and small business law. Her goal is to assist individuals and families to proactively plan and coordinate their legal needs in relation to estate planning, property ownership and small business formation.
Barbara brings a wealth of experience to her practice. During law school she worked as a law clerk at the law firm of Kennedy & Graven in downtown Minneapolis, and was involved in a number of different extracurricular activities including the student ambassador program and the Minnesota Women Lawyer's chapter. Barbara also served as a student attorney in the University of St. Thomas’s Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. She worked in the Elder Law practice group.
Prior to law school, Barbara worked nearly four years as an instructor of economics at Dunwoody College of Technology where she taught courses, developed and implemented the curriculum, and directed the arts and science department assessment efforts. Before that, Barbara also worked for Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom as a board administrator, and also as an extension educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Jordan, Minnesota.
As a life-long Shakopee resident, local community involvement is very important to Barbara. She is board member of Shakopee Dollars for Scholars, an adult volunteer for Scott County 4-H, and has served as a member of the social justice committee at St. Mark's Church. She is a past chairperson of the Shakopee Community Education Advisory Council and a former national advisory board member of Scholarship America. Barbara lives in Shakopee with her husband Jon and their four children.