Thornton, Dolan, Bowen, Klecker & Burkhammer, P.A., has been providing legal services to Northwest Minnesota since 1914.
After studying the law under Knute Nelson, Ralph S. Thornton, also known as "Bulldog Thornton" (1892 - 1960), opened his law office in Alexandria.
Ralph was joined in practice by his son, Joseph G. Thornton (1923-1996). "Gentleman Joe," as he was known, was a vital and active part of the firm until his death in 1996.
Robert M. Hegg joined Keith L. Wallace in the practice of law. In 1973 Thomas J. Reif joined them to form Wallace, Hegg & Reif. Keith died in 1974. Shortly thereafter, Joe, Bob and Tom merged to form Thornton, Hegg & Reif.
Michael J. Dolan joined the firm and became a partner.
Lisa J. Bowen joined the practice. She became a partner in 1999.
Robert M. Hegg retired.
Thomas P. Klecker joined the firm. He became a partner in 2011.
Thomas Reif retired.
Tom Reif died. Megan Burkhammer joined the firm. She became a partner in 2018 and the firm took on its current name.
Lisa Bowen has been named a SuperLawyer and recognized as a Minnesota Top Women Attorney. Thornton, Dolan, Bowen, Klecker & Burkhammer, P.A. is an “A”-rated law firm by Martindale Hubbell Law Directories. Mike Dolan has been named both an "A" rated lawyer and a Minnesota Super Lawyer. Our firm was chosen as a Leading Minnesota Firm by American Research Corporation. In both 2017 and 2018, we were voted “Best of the Lakes Area” in the Echo Press newspaper’s Reader’s Choice poll.