our attorneys

Founding Shareholders

Michael Edman

Michael Edman

grew up in Fairmont. After high school he attended the University of Minnesota. After graduating from the U, he worked in politics at the state capitol before attending law school at the William Mitchell College of Law. He spent time working for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, for a boutique personal injury law firm in Minneapolis and then several years at a business law firm in Saint Paul before moving back to his hometown to join the family practice in 2014..

He practices in several areas, including criminal law and many litigation-based cases, typically split between family law matters and civil litigation and contract dispute lawsuits. He believes that zealous advocacy on your case requires keeping you fully advised of the big picture at all times. Any litigation can become expensive, so knowing your costs, managing your stress, and mitigating your risk while fighting for a fair result are all hallmarks of Michael’s litigation practice. He is comfortable in the courtroom and regularly makes court appearances in multiple counties. His experience allows him to better navigate the system due to the knowledge of the various judges and opposing counsel seen on any particular case.

In addition to practicing law, Michael is heavily involved in his community through his service on the Fairmont School Boards and various community boards and commissions. When he is not at the office or in a meeting, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children. Michael is also an avid boater sports fan and traveler. Despite having golfed on two continents, and ten states, he’s still just your average hack, but enjoys it all the same.

Peter Odgren

Peter Odgren

grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, where he majored in history and political science. Pete graduated law school in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Douglas L. Richards in Faribault County prior to working at the Martin County Attorney’s office. Pete was an Assistant Martin County Attorney for ten years before deciding to enter private practice, first by joining Krahmer, Schaffer & Edmundson, and now as a founding partner of EEO. Pete lives in Fairmont with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Henry and Violet.

Brandon Edmundson

Brandon Edmundson

was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in College Station, Texas. He received his law degree from Drake University Law School with high honors in 2006 and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in 2002. Brandon practiced for seven years in Fort Worth, Texas before joining the firm in 2013. His practice areas include estate planning, estate administration, real estate, income tax, business and Ag law, oil & gas and banking. Brandon is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Iowa. Joining Brandon in Fairmont are his wife, Sara, and children, Adaline and Nicholas.

Associate Attorneys

Sara L. Edmundson

Sara L. Edmundson

was born in Cambridge, Minnesota. She spent many summers visiting her grandparents and extended family on the family farm in Truman and at their homes in Fairmont. She received her law degree from Drake University Law School in 2006 where she was on the Dean’s List and a Student Attorney with the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights. In 2002 she graduated from St. Olaf College, cum laude, with majors in English and Psychology. Her practice areas include real estate, landlord/tenant, estate planning, and probate. Sara is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Texas. Sara lives in Fairmont with her husband, Brandon, children Adaline and Nicholas, and rescue dog, Dash

Of Counselors

Kim A. Shaffer

Kim A. Shaffer

was born and raised on a farm outside of Pipestone, Minnesota. He received his Juris Doctor cum laude degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979. Kim practiced in the areas of business law, partnerships, corporations, estate planning, probate and real estate in New Ulm for 15 years before joining our firm in 1994. He and his wife, Jan, have three sons, Al and his wife, Katie with their daughters Hailey and Avery and son, John, live in Houston, TX, Scott and his wife, Catherine with their daughter Madeline and son Julian, live in Minneapolis, and Ted and his wife, Beth, and their sons Spencer and Evan and daughter Cameran, live in Houston, TX. Jan works at her home doing long arm quilting

Paul Edman

Paul Edman

was born in Fairmont and raised in Fairmont and Des Moines, Iowa. Paul returned to Fairmont in 1983 and has practiced law with Edman & Edman ever since, 40 years now. Paul is a graduate of Drake University in Accounting (1976), is a CPA, and graduated from Drake University Law School in 1979. Paul practices primarily in real estate, estate planning, elder law and probate. Paul and his wife Mary have two children and seven grandchildren.

John A. Edman

John A. Edman

has been practicing law in Fairmont since 1974.

Staff

Lisa Kuhl

Lisa Kuhl

is the firm’s business manager, she also serves clients as a bookkeeper , tax preparer and payroll manager. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in bookkeeping, tax preparation and payroll services. Lisa graduated from College of St. Catherine (University of St. Catherine) with a BA in Accounting in 1993. She and her husband Scott, both from Fairmont, moved back in 1998 and started a family. They have two boys Colby, who is a Senior at Iowa State University and Carson is a Sophomore at Waldorf University. Scott is a Business Developer with Orion Land Mark.

Tonya Carlson

Tonya Carlson

paralegal, joined the team in 2017. Tonya has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Gustavus Adolphus College, previously working in sales and marketing. Tonya grew up in Fairmont, and currently lives outside of East Chain with her husband Chad and their two children, daughter Cahpri and son Cavan. Chad is an Agronomy Sales Specialist with Central Farm Services, has a hog barn and farms on the side with his dad and brother. Tonya enjoys running, being outside with the kids, and spending time out on the lakes.

Courtney Steuber

Courtney Steuber

payroll processor and legal assistant, joined the firm in 2021. She has a background in computerized farm accounting, generating yearly budgets, cash flow analysis, sales reports and balance sheets. Courtney has three children Lily, James and Brian. She spends her time out of the office reading, cooking, doing activities with her kids, choreographing for the Fairmont High School musicals and coaching the Fairmont High School Dance Team.

Kristi Vanasse

Kristi Vanasse

legal assistant, recently joined the firm in 2023. Kristi came to KSE from Northern Lines Insurance, a business that she and her husband Jeff built from the ground up. Her primary role there was accounting and HR. Jeff and Kristi have three married children. Cody, an architect, and his wife Susan live in Cedar Falls IA with their two daughters, Rosemary and Helen. Sarah, an artist, and her husband, Micah, live in Fairmont. Nicolas, serving in the military, lives in Lacey, WA with his wife Carlee. Kristi enjoys Bible Studies, knitting, gardening, time with family and the outdoors.

Jenny Adams

Jenny Adams

legal assistant, joined Edman & Edman in 2002. Jenny received her diploma in legal administrative assistant program from South Central Technical College in Mankato. Jenny was raised in the Blue Earth area where she still resides with her 14 year old daughter Jill and their rescue dog Penny. Jenny enjoys reading, crafting and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

Sue Hed

Sue Hed

Sue has been John A. Edman’s long-time legal assistant.

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