Close X

Email Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Free Consultation

The Pines Town Office Park, 11070 - 183rd Circle NW, Suite A, Elk River, MN 55330

Our Attorneys Provide Personal, Professional Service in Elk River

We strive to resolve your legal issues efficiently and successfully

When you work with Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A., you have access to experienced lawyers who are committed to achieving positive results in a cost-effective manner. Our team is made up of two attorneys with their own primary practice areas. On every case we handle, our attorneys and staff share the same values: honesty, hard work and professional service for you and your legal needs.

At our law firm in Elk River, Minn., we work hard to find ways to achieve the best possible outcome for you. You’re informed of all developments as they occur. Most importantly, we accept your direction and support you throughout your involvement with our firm.

Learn more about us:

Contact us today to receive outstanding legal care

Call Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A. today at 763.241.4855 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We offer evening and weekend hours for your convenience. We serve the Twin Cities and northwestern suburbs with the quality you’d expect from an accomplished law firm, yet we maintain the friendly, personal disposition of a local firm.

James Hess

James W. Hess

Email: E-mail Me

As the founder of Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A., I have 19 years of legal experience and focus primarily on business and real estate law. I spend significant time handling commercial transactions for businesses, banks and title insurers and represent numerous clients in the litigation of contract, business and real estate matters. In my spare time, I’m an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons.

I’m currently serving as vice president of the Upper Mississippi Smallmouth Club. I also serve on the Elk River “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” Committee for Business and Employment.

Practice areas

  • Business and corporate practice
  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Construction law
  • Real estate law and disputes
  • Collections
  • Banking and lending law


  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1998
  • Minnesota, 1994
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1994


  • Admitted as qualified arbitrator in Minnesota cases, 2012
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1994
  • B.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988

Professional associations

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Elk River Chamber of Commerce

Reported cases

  • Veerkamp v. Farmers Cooperative Creamery, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, 573 N.W.2d 715 (Minn. Ct. App. 1998)
  • Zimmerman v. Meyer, A04-1567, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, unpublished decision, 2005 WL 1270742, May 31, 2005
  • Nelson v. Woodlands National Bank, A05-1739, Court of Appeals of Minnesota, unpublished decision, no citation, June 6, 2006

Call for a FREE CONSULTATION at 763.241.4855.

Back to top

Katie Jendro

Katie M. Jendro

Email: E-mail Me

Originally from Park Rapids, Minn., I’ve been connected to the state of Minnesota all my life. I focus on family law matters such as divorce, child support, custody, adoptions and paternity. I also handle a variety of civil litigation cases in business, commercial and real estate matters and have a reputation for carefully and compassionately assisting clients through difficult times in their personal and professional lives. I enjoy alpine skiing and camping and love spending time with my husband and two children.

Practice areas

  • Family law
    • Divorce
    • Custody
    • Paternity
    • Child support
    • Grandparents' rights
  • Domestic abuse and harassments
  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Wills
  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Civil commitments


  • Minnesota, 2006
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota, 2006


  • J.D., University of North Dakota Law School, 2006
  • B.A., Education, University of Minnesota-Morris, 2002

Professional associations

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • 9th District Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney for Central Minnesota Legal Services
  • Moot Court Volunteer Judge
  • 18th District Bar Association
  • Board of Directors of Options, Inc.
  • Elk River Chamber Leadership

Speaking engagements

  • Marshall Area Kinship Caregivers Association
  • Lyon County Parents Forever Class

Call for a FREE CONSULTATION at 763.241.4855.

Back to top

Brian Aho

Brian Aho


Email: E-mail Me

Practicing law in Elk River since 2003, I have helped hundreds of people and businesses manage or eliminate debt through workout or bankruptcy. I have also helped many people through difficult and emotional family and divorce matters. In addition, I represent businesses and their owners in a variety of corporate matters. My legal background is varied, having practiced in both a large law firm in downtown Minneapolis as well as a small firm in Ely Minnesota.

I am active in the Elk River Chamber of Commerce, sit on the board of the Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, and am the past president of the Little Elk Lake Improvement Association. I have served as the president and board member of numerous other civic and professional associations.

In addition to practicing law, I enjoy canoeing, camping, hiking, running, biking, fishing, hunting, water skiing, wake boarding, snowmobiling, alpine and Nordic skiing and travelling.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Debt Relief/Workout
  • Foreclosure Avoidance
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Business Formation
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2003


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin
    • B.S. - 1986
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Business Administration & Personnel Administration

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • 18th District Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

      • Motin Law Office, P.A., Attorney 2003 - 2013
      • Farmers Insurance Group, Supervisor, Branch Claims Manager 2001 - 2003
      • Klun Law Firm, P.A., Attorney 1999 – 2001
      • Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P., Investigator, Paralegal, Law Clerk and Attorney 1996 - 1999
      • State Farm Insurance Companies, Claim Representative, Fraud Investigator 1987 – 1996, 2001

Pro Bono Activities

      • Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, 2002 – Present
      • Little Elk Lake Improvement Association – Past President
      • Anti-Vehicle Crime Association of Minnesota – Past President
      • International Association of Arson Investigators – Past Member
      • Insurance Federation for Arson Control – Past Member
      • International Association of Auto Theft Investigators – Past Member

Ancillary Businesses

      • Lobbying and Advocating
      • Serving on Boards of Directors of Non-Profit Organizations

Back to top