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Johanna Clyborne

Johanna P. Clyborne

BREKKE, CLYBORNE & RIBICH, L.L.C

 

Shakopee, Minnesota
Founding Partner

 

Phone: (952) 402-9410
Fax: (952) 402-9417
Email: jclyborne@bcrlawyers.com

 

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Military Family Law
  • Criminal Litigation

Johanna Clyborne is a founding partner in the firm of Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich. She focuses her practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and legal issues particular to the United States Armed Forces. She is dedicated to helping her clients understand and navigate the complexities of the legal system while vigorously advocating for their rights. In addition to helping her clients, Johanna serves as an ethics investigator for the Minnesota State Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility. Johanna has published several articles and is a frequent lecturer for various organizations, including the Family Law Institute and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, on the topics of family law and the military and the Service Members Civil Relief Act. She is on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Colleagues list for Military Law, serves on the Veterans and Military Affairs Council, sits on board of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, and participates in the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel through the Minnesota State Bar and Volunteer Lawyers Network. Johanna is recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Minnesota Law and Politics as well as a 2015 and 2016 honoree as one of Minnesota’s Top Women Lawyers.

Johanna brings a varied and unique background to the practice of law. Johanna has served in the National Guard since 1989 helping her communities deal with terrorism, riots, floods and other natural disasters. Currently assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Johanna is responsible for providing oversight and leadership of 13,000 Soldiers and Minnesota National Guard Army units on all matters pertaining to manning, operations, readiness, training and equipping. She has also held positions as Chief of the Joint Staff, Brigade Commander, Deputy Intelligence Officer, Engineer Planner, Assistant Plans and Operations Officer, Chief Automation Management Officer, Detachment Commander, Company Executive Officer and Engineer Platoon leader. She holds branch qualifications as an Engineer officer, Military Intelligence officer, and a Human Resources Specialist. She is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and holds the distinction of being the first female to command a Brigade and to obtain the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Being an active and contributing member in the community is important to Johanna. Johanna has been involved with the Girl Scouts of America as a Girl Scout troop leader. She is a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers serves as a mentor for the University of Saint Thomas School of Law, and is a veteran’s mentor for the Carver County Court. Additionally, she has been recognized as a North Star lawyer for three years in a row for providing free legal assistance to underserved populations. Johanna lives in Minnetonka with her husband Duncan and their daughter, Keira.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2005
  • 2005 Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Army War College Fellow, 2013

 

Educational Background

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, International Securities Studies, Army War College Fellow, United States Army War College, 2013
  • Advanced Joint Military Professional Education Course
  • Senior Officer Legal Orientation Course, Judge Advocate General School, 2013
  • United States Army Brigade Commander’s Course, 2013
  • United States Army Human Resource Qualification Course, 2011
  • United States Army Military Intelligence Qualification Course, 2008
  • Command and General Service College, 2006
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor, B.A., 1995
  • United States Army Engineer Officer Advanced Course, 1995
  • Education University of Mary Hardin Baylor, B.A., 1995

 

Professional Experience

  • Founding Partner and Shareholder – Brekke, Clyborne and Ribich, LLC (2005 to present)
  • Practicing family law, military and federal benefits, and legal issues particular to the United States Armed Forces.
  • Served as both a neutral and an expert in military pension division, military benefits, and Federal Employee Retirement System bene fits for over 60 cases.
  • Law Clerk – Murphy and Patterson, P.A. (2004-2004)
  • Law Clerk – 10th Judicial District, Public Defenders Office (2003-2004)
  • Assistant Director of Recruiting – DeVry University (1999-2002)
  • Regional Manager – Hertz Corporation (1995-1999)
  • United Stated Army / United States Army National Guard – 28 years of Service (1989 to present)
  • Director of the Joint Staff. Provided guidance, leadership, and over sight to the Joint Staff. She advises on joint matters for 13,000 Sol diers and Airmen pertaining to the provision of ready units and the supporting actions of providing a competent ready force, optimal force structure, and cyber response. Responsible for emergency response operations, government relations, strategic planning, fa cilities management, and international affairs.
  • Assistant Adjutant General, Army. Responsible for command sup- ervision of all Minnesota Army National Guard units with over 13,000 soldiers, providing oversight and leadership for all matters pertaining to manning, operations, readiness, training, and equip ping units.
  • First female to obtain the rank of General Officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard.
  • Held positions at all levels of leadership leading from Platoon Leader to Brigade Commander. First female to command a major subordinate command. Responsible for the good order and disci pline of up to 763 Soldiers and over 240 million dollars of assigned equipment.
  • Combat Veteran – Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Served as the 34th Infantry Division’s Deputy of Military Intelli gence (G2), deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assist ed in the supervision, coordination and administrative control of over 200 intelligence personnel responsible for providing meaning ful analysis of activity throughout nine of Iraq’s 18 provinces in ad dition to managing over 30 million dollars of assigned equipment.Held position as the primary Personnel Officer (G1) for the 34th In fantry Division responsible for formulating doctrine and policy for the management of personnel and administrative systems for orga nizations, to include awards, pay, and benefits within and in sup port of the Division’s over 9,700 assigned servicemembers.
  • Branch qualified Human Resource Officer, Engineer Officer and Mil itary Intelligence

 

Court of Appeals

  • In re the Marriage of Mattson, Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Section and the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Council Member of Governor Dayton’s Young Women’s Initiative
  • Association of United States Army
  • Minnesota State Bar Association’s Colleagues list for Military Law, 2005 to Present
  • Military and Veterans Affairs Section, Minnesota State Bar Associa tion, 2017
  • Chair, Military and Veterans Affairs Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2017
  • Vice-Chair, Military and Veterans Affairs Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Treasure, Military and Veterans Affairs Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Family Law Section
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Criminal Law Section
  • Member Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member of the Hennepin County Bar
  • Member of the Scott County Bar Association
  • Board member American Red Cross for Minnesota
  • Ethics investigator for the Minnesota State Lawyers Board of Pro fessional Responsibility, 8th Ethics District, 2011 – 2017
  • Veteran’s court mentor for Carver County, 2014 to Present

 

Awards And Recognitions

  • Minnesota’s Top Women Lawyers for 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Minne sota Law and Politics Minnesota Super Lawyer for 2016 and 2017 by Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012, 2014 and 2015 by Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Minnesota North Star Lawyer 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • University of Saint Thomas School of Law Outstanding Alumni Award, 2015
  • University of Saint Thomas School of Law Living the Mission Alumni Recipient, 2013
  • University of Saint Thomas School of Law Living the Mission Recipi ent, 2011
  • United States Army Bronze Star Medal, 2009
  • United States Army Meritorious Service Medal, 2015
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2008
  • National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star
  • Army Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Component Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 5
  • Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with Bronze and Silver Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass and M device

 

Articles And Publications

  • Creditor and Debtor Desk Book, Consumer Protections Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Minnesota Continuing Legal Educa tion, 2016
  • Complete Family Law Desk Book, Military Issues, Minnesota Con tinuing Legal Education, 2015, 2016
  • Co-Authored Uniformed Deployment Parents Custody and Visita tion Act, Minnesota Statute Section 518E, 2015
  • Top 5 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Financial Issues in Military Families, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Summer 2015, Volume XL, Issue I.
  • The Complete Family Lawyer’s Quick Answer Book, Military Issues, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2015
  • Family Law Financial Desk Book, Military Financial Issues, Minneso- ta Continuing Legal Education, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Cyber Guard: The Failure to Apply Hurricane Katrina’s Coordination Lessons to Cyber, United States Army War College, 2013
  • Minnesota Family Law Involving a Servicemember, Minnesota Con tinuing Legal Education Quick guide, 2012
  • Litigation Involving Military Personnel: Navigating the Servicemem bers Civil Relief Act Minefield, Minnesota Continuing Legal Educa- tion, 2009
  • Advising Servicemembers, Solo Small Magazine, 2009
  • Family Law and the Military, Minnesota Continuing Legal Educa- tion, 2008
  • Mission First, People Always: Domestic Violence and the Military, Family Law Forum,
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Domestic Violence Issue, Vol 16, No. 2, Fall 2007
  • List of Helpful Resources in Starting your own Law Firm, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2006


Faculty and Teaching

  • Speaker, “Legislative Update Military and Veterans’ Law”, Military and Veteran’s Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Speaker, “What you should know about Military Family Law”, St. Louis County Bar Association, 2016
  • Webcast, “Military Pension Reboot. New Rules, Old Tricks,” Minne sota CLE, 2016
  • Speaker, “Uniformed Deployed Parents and Custody Act,” Family Law Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, “Navigating Military Family Law,” Ramsey County Bar As sociation, 2016
  • Speaker, “Military Family Law Issues,” Minnesota State Bar Associa tion, 2016
  • Speaker, “Uniformed Deployed Parents and Custody Act,” Minneso ta State Bar Association, 2015
  • Webcast, “Uniformed Deployed Parents and Custody Act,” Minneso ta CLE, 2015
  • Speaker, “New Laws - Uniformed Deployed Parents and Custody Act,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Speaker, “Bias in the Family Law Courts: Is every Service Member an Inherent Danger?,” Military and Veteran’s Affairs Section, 2015
  • Speaker, “All That Other Stuff: 6 (Non- Best Interest Factor) Family Law Changes You Need to Know,” Hennepin County Bar Associa tion, 2015
  • Speaker, “Military Family Law Issues,” Minnesota State Bar Associa tion, 2015
  • Speaker, Women’s Equality Day Celebration, Minnesota Army Na tional Guard, 2015
  • Serving Servicemembers Veterans and their Families, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Speaker, Women in Combat, Minnesota Department of Military Af fairs, 2014
  • Webcast, “Family Law and the Military Pension,” Minnesota CLE, 2014

 

  • Speaker, “Status of Same Sex Couple Spouses Benefits in the Mili tary,” Family Law Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, “7 Things Every Family Lawyer Should Know about Military Law, Family Law Institute, 2012
  • Speaker, “Military Issues in Family Law,” Family Law Institute, 2012
  • Webcast, “Military Pension Division,” Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Webcast, “7 Things Every Family Lawyer Should Know about Mili tary Law”, Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Speaker, “Military Pension Division,” Family Law Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, “Veteran’s in Family Court”, Minnesota Justice Foundation, 2011
  • Speaker, “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon”, Thomson Reuter, 2010
  • Speaker, “7 Things Every Family Lawyer Should Know about Military Law,” Dakota County Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, “Military Pension Division,” Ramsey County Bar Associa tion, 2010
  • Speaker, “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Scotty County Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, “Military Issues in Family Law,” Family Law Institute, 2008
  • Speaker, “Military Family Law,” Dakota County Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, “Military and Domestic Violence: What Every Advocate Needs to Know”, Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, 2007
  • Speaker, “Military Family Law,” Ramsey County Bar Association, 2007
  • Webcast, “Family Law and the Military,” Minnesota CLE, 2007
  • Speaker, Litigation Involving Military Personnel: Navigating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Minefield, Minnesota State Bar As• sociation, 2007
  • Webcast, “Navigating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act,” Minnes ota CLE, 2007
  • Speaker, “It’s Hard To Come Home,” Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, 2007

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