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Paul F. Shoemaker
Paul F. Shoemaker, P.A.

Highland Bank Building
5270 West 84th Street, Suite 410
Bloomington, MN 55437       

Direct Dial: 952.224.4605

E-Mail: paul@shoemakerlaw.com



Minnesota Divorce and Civil Litigation Attorney Paul F. Shoemaker

Paul F. Shoemaker has been litigating civil disputes and practicing contested Minnesota divorce and family law matters for more than 37 years. In his Minnesota divorce and family law practice, Mr. Shoemaker has counseled and represented hundreds of individuals in contested/disputed and undisputed divorce and paternity actions and in post-divorce issues and hearings involving modification and enforcement of child support, custody, parenting time, spousal maintenance, and other family law issues. He is experienced in Minnesota divorce law in district court trials and appeals. His Minnesota divorce trial experience has involved temporary restraining orders, disputed custody battles, grandparent custody, parenting time modifications, spousal maintenance, child support modifications, enforcement of foreign jurisdiction orders, division of complex marital property and business valuations, and division of executive and high asset value marital estates.

Minnesota divorce attorney Paul Shoemaker strives to find a realistic and practical solution to every problem faced by his clients through negotiated or mediated settlements. If settlement is not possible, every client receives the highest personal and professional attention and care required to advance their best interests in the courtroom.

Mr. Shoemaker succeeded in reversing a trial court decision that had granted legal and physical custody of two minor children to their maternal grandmother over the objections of the client mother. The district court decision followed a 6 day evidentiary hearing.  The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's change of custody, thereby restoring full legal and physical custody of the children to their mother. Click here to review the Court's unpublished opinion. Following evidentiary hearing, Mr. Shoemaker was successful in enforcing a Colorado child custody determination under Minnesota's Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (MN Stat. ch. 518D) following registration of the Order in Minnesota on behalf of the client father and successfully resisted an application for an Order for Protection sought under chapter 518B wherein the mother alleged domestic abuse and requested the exercise of emergency temporary jurisdiction over custody in Minnesota following her nonconsensual removal of minor children from their Colorado home.In another recent and similar proceeding, Mr. Shoemaker was successful in obtaining a dismissal of an ex parte Temporary Restraining Order on purely legal grounds.

Mr. Shoemaker's civil litigation practice has involved a variety of state and federal claims, involving representation of plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate courts in divorce, real estate, construction law, commercial, business and employment and commissions disputes.

Mr. Shoemaker assisted Attorney Michael K. Hoverson in defending a trial court's decision that found a mortgage was void and unenforceable. The mortgage had been procured by fraudulent means when the husband signed on behalf of the client wife using a fraudulently obtained power of attorney. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's decision in a published opinion.Mr. Shoemaker and co-counsel Michael K. Hoverson jointly represented a custom metal fabricator in complex litigation involving breach of contract and article 2 commercial code issues related to welding, surface preparation and priming of the complex fabricated apparatus. The litigation involved the application of technical and industry welding standards, including the American Welding Society Structural Welding Code for Steel (AWS D1.1). Following 9 days of trial, the Jury awarded the fabricator a verdict of $205,000. The judgment was affirmed on appeal in a published opinion. The case was granted review by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Minnesota Supreme Court recognized a distinction between discovery depositions and trial depositions and held that the trial court abused its discretion in failing to permit the appellant to conduct 2 trial depositions - see published opinion. The matter was remanded for a new trial.

Mr. Shoemaker has served as counsel to both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in various probate court matters involving estates and trusts.

In a recent litigation matter, Paul Shoemaker and law partner John R. Shoemaker successfully settled and resolved claims brought by a middle aged woman who sustained severe permanent and disabling injuries during an international airline flight. The injuries included serious neck strain, dizziness, TMJ, tinnitus, and closed head injuries/traumatic brain injury. The claims were brought under the provisions of the Montreal Convention of 1999. The matter was resolved and settled in 2018 for an amount not subject to disclosure.

If you or a loved one have sustained or suffered injury on an international flight (even by another passenger's conduct), you must act quickly to preserve your rights to recover compensation for your injuries.

Call Bloomington Minnesota Civil Litigation and Divorce Attorney Paul Shoemaker today at 952.224.4605 for more information or to arrange your complimentary consultation.

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