Associate Attorneys

Gislason & Hunter offers an engaging experience for its associate attorneys, emphasizing a blend of professionalism and camaraderie. The firm values its associates, providing a competitive starting salary of $95,000 in Mankato and New Ulm, accompanied by a robust benefits package. With a focus on work-life balance, associates are expected to achieve a minimum of 1600 billable hours annually while enjoying flexible work arrangements, casual dress most days, and a friendly, non-hierarchical culture. The partnership track typically spans five to seven years, and the firm encourages pro bono work and community involvement. Gislason & Hunter fosters a close-knit community, with attorneys and staff often socializing outside of work, engaging in activities such as golf outings, “early outs,” and quarterly socials in New Ulm, and Friday happy hours in Mankato, all while being deeply involved in the Southern Minnesota community.

Law Students

Gislason & Hunter maintains a summer law clerk program for summer associates to join our Mankato and New Ulm offices. We strive to provide “real world” work and show you what it is like to live and practice in Southern Minnesota. You will have an opportunity not just to see the practice of law in action, but also to get to know our attorneys and staff through several planned and impromptu outings. Our summer associates are expected to contribute and assist in reaching our client’s goals while fully taking advantage of the opportunity to shadow and learn the ropes on how to actually practice law.

Paralegals, Legal Administrative Assistants (LAAs), and Administrative Staff

Many of our staff have been with the firm for most of their career. Most started as entry-level LAA or receptionists and were promoted to the position they currently occupy. We rely on our staff to become intimately familiar with our clients’ needs and some clients couldn’t live without the help and support they provide.

Gislason & Hunter values our legal staff as key members of our community. We provide numerous training opportunities from paid-for continuing education to in-house “lunch and learns” designed to provide nuts and bolts training as well as address more complex issues on the law, technology, and other topics.

A full benefits package including a 100% employer-subsidized Medical insurance option, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Profit Sharing, Paid Time Off, and professional development reimbursement.

Culture @ Gislason & Hunter

We’re not a stuffy old law firm–most of our partners are under the age of 45. We are part of the fabric of southern Minnesota, and when you say you work at Gislason & Hunter people will know who you are talking about. We work hard and play hard. For our clients, we work very hard to achieve their reasonable goals efficiently and effectively. Sometimes it means working late or coming into the office early. We serve on many local boards, and know the people in our community. We are sought after for speaking opportunities and to lead organizations. We like to have a good time. Our New Ulm office is known for “early outs” and quarterly socials. Our Mankato office has fairly regular Friday happy hour in our beautiful breakroom overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. Many of our attorneys and staff are friends outside of the office. Most weekends, there will be a group of attorneys playing a round of golf at the Mankato Golf Club or the New Ulm Country Club (or road-tripping to any number of other golf courses around the state).

Eide Bailly Tower
Attorneys and Staff participated in the Pork Power 5K during Mankato Marathon Weekend
2023 Attorney Retreat Weekend in Sioux Falls, SD
Holiday Party fun at The Pinball Place in New Ulm
Attorneys and Staff enjoying a Moon Dogs game for our annual Summer Outing

If you are interested in joining a sophisticated Mankato and New Ulm law firm with an exceptional platform to grow and advance your career, please send your resume, cover letter, and law school transcript to We are always looking for high-quality candidates to join our exceptional team of attorneys and staff.

Get to know Mankato & New Ulm

Our offices in Mankato and New Ulm are about an hour south of Minneapolis-St. Paul and we are very passionate about the benefits of living and working in Southern Minnesota! From our short commutes to knowing the people we serve; our quality of life is far superior to anywhere else. See for yourself: