Our Team

Our Attorneys

Jason Kohlmeyer
Jason Kohlmeyer
Founding Partner
Jason Kohlmeyer became an attorney in 2000 and has focused his practice in the area of family law. He assists with matters related to divorce also referred to as dissolution, spousal support, child custody, farm divorce and more. Learn more about Jason Kohlmeyer
Thomas K. Hagen
Founding Partner
Thomas Hagen is an established criminal defense attorney in southern Minnesota. He has helped clients with cases relating to DWI/DUI, Drug Charges, Sex Crimes, Theft, Assault and more. Learn more about Thomas K. Hagen
Elizabeth Weinandt
Elizabeth helps her family law clients with divorce, complex property division, custody issues (including those involving children with special needs), prenuptial agreements and adoption. Elizabeth’s estate planning practice includes wills, trusts, healthcare directives and probate. Learn more about Elizabeth Weinandt
Chris Cain
Chris has over 3 decades of litigation and advocacy experience in multiple areas of law, including: Criminal law, appeals, municipal practice, advisory counsel to various governmental departments, criminal defense, adult protection, juvenile delinquency, forfeitures of assets, vehicles, cash and property as the result of DWI’s, Drug arrests and Felony Fleeing offenses. Learn more about Chris Cain
Laura Blatti
Laura takes great pride in serving as a trusted advisor and advocate for her clients. Her legal wisdom, practicality and creativity – along with her authentic compassion & enthusiasm for helping people – combine effectively to position her clients to achieve their goals. Learn more about Laura Blatti
Luis A. Moreno
Luis is a motivated, hard-working, criminal defense attorney who aims to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. Through his experience at a Minnesota public defender’s office, Luis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the firm. Luis helps clients experiencing charges related to DWIs, drug offences, assaults, and more. Learn more about Luis A. Moreno
Jacob Anderson
Jacob is a driven attorney that works hard to obtain the best possible outcomes for his family law clients. He attended law school in St. Paul, Minnesota where he gained experience with a wide variety of legal issues before moving to Rochester to focus his practice in family law. Learn more about Jacob Anderson

Meet The Staff

These team members offer invaluable support to our attorneys and our clients. We don’t know what we would do without them:

Anneka Peterson
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
  • Bachelors Degree in Sociology of Law from University of Minnesota
  • Certification in Paralegal Studies from Minnesota Paralegal Institute
  • Criminal Law

Anneka Peterson is a paralegal at Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd.. Anneka graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology of Law, then completed a post-baccalaureate certification in Paralegal Studies. Anneka joined the firm in 2020 and brought ten years of experience as a personal injury and criminal law paralegal. Anneka’s attention to detail is superb, and that, paired with her ability to maintain professionalism, even in the face of high-stress situations, helps put clients at ease. Anneka enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her family in her free time.

Brandi Forstner
  • AAS Degree – Legal Administrative Assistance from South Central College
  • Bachelors Degree in Corrections
  • Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Family Law

Brandi Forstner joined Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd., after working in family law for nearly ten years. Brandi has a legal administrative assistant associate’s degree and a dual degree in Sociology and Corrections. Brandi’s wealth of family law litigation cycle knowledge helps her answer your tough questions. Brandi was born and raised in St. James but lives in Lake Crystal with her husband and son. Brandi enjoys traveling, concerts and camping with her family outside of work. Fun Fact: Brandi has parked named after her in Saint James, Minnesota

Taylor Burnett
  • Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Economics University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • Criminal Law

Taylor was raised in a military family and has lived in various parts of the world. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls before enlisting in the United States Air Force Reserves following graduation. After serving in the military, Taylor entered the legal field and worked for several years as a paralegal and court clerk. He eventually became a criminal paralegal with Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd., and joined the firm in 2022.

When not working, Taylor enjoys spending quality time with his wife and son and pursuing outdoor activities such as hunting and physical fitness. Fun fact, despite living in Misawa, Japan, for six years, Taylor does not speak fluent Japanese.

Juliana Sanchez
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing – Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Paralegal Certificate – Inver Hills Community College
  • Family Law

Juliana joined the Kohlmeyer Hagen team in 2023 and was quickly promoted to the paralegal position she now enjoys. Her calm and gentle demeanor puts clients at ease, and her thirst for knowledge helps her ability to provide thoughtful answers as she assists clients through their family law journey. Juliana likes to spend time with her 2 dogs and her family in her free time.

Jenny Scharton
  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, Political Science Minor – Winona State University, Winona.
  • Family Law

Jenny Scharton joined the Kohlmeyer Hagen team in 2024 after completing her bachelor’s degree in legal studies at Winona State University. Her attention to detail, interpersonal communication skills and empathy put clients in good hands during their family law process. With her recent move to Rochester, Jenny enjoys taking her golden retriever, Klaus, on walks and exploring the city.

Angela Duryee
  • Bachelors Degree in English – Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Minnesota State University, Mankato

Angela has been working in the legal field since 2019. She began as a paralegal at Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office in 2021, and her knowledge of the firm and its culture helped her in becoming an effective leader in her current position as Law Office Administrator. Angela is a good listener, an accomplished educator, and is dedicated to fostering the excellence of quality services provided at Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office.

Ashley Roemhildt
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management – Minnesota State University, Mankato

Ashley is responsible for answering calls and scheduling appointments for clients who wish to meet with attorneys. As our intake specialist, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with her degree in business management from MSU. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time with her two Tegus (lizards), Nessie and Kraken.

Elline Simota
  • Has worked in customer service for over 15 years.

Ellie is the smiling face that greets you as you arrive and the positive voice who answers and directs your calls. Her role includes carrying out legal assistant duties to ensure operations run smoothly at Kohlmeyer Hagen. In her free time, Ellie enjoys spending time with her daughters and her dog.

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Experience And Compassion

Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office not only has the experience to solve your legal problems, we do so with the compassion and understanding you deserve.

If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal allegations, or if you are being investigated, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you have a family law matter you need to discuss with an experienced family law attorney, we can help. Our firm has dedicated DWI defense attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, and family law attorneys available to go over the details of your case and help you achieve a favorable outcome.

Our attorneys at Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office have a unique background that helps them understand the challenges you face, big or small. So whatever your legal needs may be, contact our law offices in Mankato or Rochester to learn more about how we can help you.

Highly Rated

Our Mankato attorney team provides exceptional representation based on our commitment to solving legal problems for our clients. Whether you are dealing with family law or criminal defense, we can help. Our southern Minnesota lawyers are highly rated, local, and experienced.


We handle cases throughout southern Minnesota, from Worthington to Winona, and with offices in Mankato and Rochester, our teams know how to get good results by knowing what the prosecutors and courts expect in nearly all of the southern Minnesota counties. While we don’t expect special treatment as local attorneys, the familiarity we share with other attorneys and judges simply helps when we are advocating for our clients.


With decades of combined experience, the firm can truly say they have “seen it all,” from million-dollar verdicts, 1st-degree murder trials, sexual assault cases, and divorces with assets in the tens of millions, Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office will be able to handle any criminal, family law or personal injury matter.

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