John Abress - Minnesota Attorney

John Abress

John Abress

John A. Abress is an associate attorney who joined the firm in November 2015. Before joining Wendland Utz, Mr. Abress was a judicial law clerk for the Tenth Judicial District Circuit Court (St. Croix County, Wisconsin) and managed his own practice in the Twin Cities. Mr. Abress practices in civil litigation, small business, and immigration.

Practice areas


Business & Corporate

  • Business Formation
  • Contracts


  • Creation of Employee Handbooks and Policy
  • Employment Contracts
  • Severance Agreements

Estate Planning & Administration

  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Probate


  • Employment and Investment-Based Visas
  • Marriage and Fiancé(e)Visas
  • I-9 Compliance

Education & Professional

Bemidji State University (B.A., B.S. Magna Cum Laude)
Hamline University School of Law (J.D.)
Research Assistant to Professor Mary Szto, Hamline University School of Law
William C. Vis International Arbitration Moot

After law school, Mr. Abress, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, was an associate attorney at a Chinese law firm in the People’s Republic of China, focusing on international trade issues.Mr. Abress’s experience as a judicial clerk and solo practitioner provided him with a foundation upon which he is building his civil litigation and transactional practices. Mr. Abress is a licensed attorney in both Minnesota and New York.

Mr. Abress is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, and New York Bar Association. He is also a past volunteer attorney with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

Personal Interests

John is a long-time Vikings fan, he has faith that the Lombardi trophy will one day come to Minnesota! John loves to travel and has traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong. He also lived in China, spending time there working as an English teacher and attorney. He hopes to visit South America next. John also enjoys reading, computer programming and pretty much any outdoor activity.