Dea Cortney has been a valued member of the Sieben Edmunds Miller team since October 2018. She worked part-time as a law clerk during her second and third years of law school at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, but is now working full time at the firm. Her current position is Certified Supervised Practitioner, but Dea will become Sieben Edmunds Miller’s newest Associate Attorney once she passes the bar in October 2020, and is officially sworn in and licensed.

As a former law clerk at the firm, Dea assisted the team by conducting legal research, reviewing discovery, and preparing trial materials to assist in the criminal defense of clients. She has also drafted numerous legal documents including motions, memoranda, briefs, and personal injury demand letters. Her experience working with the Sieben Edmunds Miller team will make for a smooth transition as she enters her new role at the firm.

Dea has broad experience in several fields, including hospitality, health care, commercial and residential real estate, non-profit management, lobbying, legislative analysis, and philanthropy that lends a unique perspective to her life and work. Because she has worked in so many fields, she is able to see things from multiple angles and finds solutions others might miss.

In her free time, Dea enjoys photography, reading, spending time with loved ones, and traveling. In fact, she studied abroad three times in law school – twice in London and once in Israel. Dea enjoys learning about different cultures and how they relate to law; she has taken courses in International Business Law, Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure, Comparative Religion, Conflict Resolution, Immigration Law, and Comparative Criminal Trial Practice.

Focus Areas

Bar Admissions + Involvement

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Anticipated)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Anticipated)
  • Education

  • Mitchell Hamline College of Law, J.D., 2020
  • Metropolitan State University, M.A. Publuc and Nonprofit Administration, 2015
  • Metropolitan State University, B.A. Social Philosophy, 2011