Melanie Leth- Attorney at Law “No two days are alike”
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Women in Business
No two days are alike for attorney Melanie Leth, and that is one of the reasons Melanie enjoys the challenges of being a partner at Weber & Leth, PLC.
A television series piqued Melanie’s interest in law at an early age, and by the time she was in the fourth grade she was convinced that her future was in the courtroom. Melanie graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1994 and believes her education at K-M prepared her well for her future academic pursuits. “The Kasson-Mantorville School District provided me with an excellent education. I know I was better prepared than many of my classmates at the college level.”
Melanie graduated from Winona State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. She initially planned to seek employment after college to save money for law school. However, her advisor convinced her to immediately apply to law school, advice Melanie is glad she took.
Melanie graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2001. After being admitted to both the Federal Bar and the Minnesota Bar, Melanie practiced insurance defense with the law firms of Hanson, Lulic & Krall of Minneapolis for two years and Jardine, Logan & O’Brien of Lake Elmo for another two years. Melanie returned to southeast Minnesota in 2005 and shortly thereafter began sharing office space with local attorney Brian Weber.
In January of 2008, Melanie and Brian formed the partnership Weber & Leth, PLC, which is the oldest continuous law firm in Dodge County. Attorney John Swendiman Jr. (1879-1951) founded the firm in 1906, and attorneys Gale Freeman (1922-1992) and Leroy Tengwall (1915-1987) sustained the practice through 1977 when Brian joined the firm. In 1985, Brian expanded the firm by purchasing the law practice of Bruce Erickson, a longtime Kasson attorney. Currently, Weber & Leth has offices located both in Dodge Center and in Kasson.
Melanie practices all aspects of litigation including civil matters, such as boundary and contract disputes, family matters, representing clients in marital dissolutions, paternity, child custody, child support, post-dissolution and adoptions, criminal matters such as drunk driving and other traffic offenses, and personal injury matters. Melanie strives to resolve client issues early on, litigating only when settlement cannot be reached. She has successfully represented clients at the trial court level as well as before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Brian specializes in real estate law, probate/estate planning and farm succession plans along with business solutions and legal strategies.
Melanie believes everyone is entitled to their day in court and is committed to doing what is best for her clients. She serves the cities of Dodge Center and West Concord by acting as Deputy City Attorney handling the prosecution for misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses on behalf of the cities. She volunteers her services with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal services acting on behalf of local indigent citizens plus she volunteers with the Olmsted County Volunteer Attorney Program providing legal services to low income residents. She also serves as secretary for the Kasson Alliance for Restoration Board of Directors. She is a member of the Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association and the Dodge County Bar Association.
Melanie’s future plans include learning Brian’s part of the practice and bringing another associate into the firm. For the time being, Melanie enjoys her downtime playing volleyball and spending time with her two Jack Russell terriers, Kaiser and Riley, who like her work days, are two very different dogs. In short ‘Vive la difference!’ whether it is referring to a day in her legal career or to her dogs, the saying applies: celebrate the difference!