Dorraine A. Larison

Dorraine Larison concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, debtor/creditor law, and employment law. She has extensive experience in the areas of commercial financing, creditors’ rights, and creditor bankruptcy matters. Dorraine works with banks and other creditors, assisting her clients with the many facets of their businesses. Her practice includes representing employers in personnel-related matters. Dorraine has conducted hundreds of training sessions relating to harassment, discipline, and other employment law matters. She also represents employers in defending employment-related claims.


  • U.S. Chapter 7 Panel Bankruptcy, trustee for 18 years
  • Represents lenders in commercial workouts, replevins, and foreclosure actions
  • Represents lenders, lessors, and trade vendors in bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations
  • Consults with employers on issues related to nonunion and unionized work places
  • Represents employers in defense of charges of discrimination



  • Co-presenter, "FLSA Freshen Up and Brush Up: Recent and Problematic Wage and Hour Issues," Lathrop GPM 2022 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, April 12, 2022 (Kansas City); May 4, 2022 (Minneapolis)

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Central Minnesota Chapter, member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law section, past chair, past treasurer, past secretary, past vice chair, Pro Bono Committee, member; Employment Law section, member
  • Stearns-Benton Bar Association, member

Community Involvement

  • Hennepin Theatre Trust, Board of Directors
  • Stearns History Museum, President of the Board of Directors
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Board of Directors
  • Central Minnesota Women’s Fund, former chair of Advisory Board of Directors, former Board member
  • The St. John’s Boys Choir, Board of Directors, former President and Director


  • ATHENA Award Recipient, Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, 2020
  • "500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers," Lawdragon, 2020, 2022
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2018, 2019, 2021-2022
  • St. Gregory Award, The St. John’s Boys’ Choir, 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Attorney Award, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, 2009
  • Pro Bono Award Winner, Minnesota State Bar Association, 7th Judicial District, 2007
  • Raeder Larson Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2002
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  • St. Cloud

    1010 West Saint Germain
    Suite 500
    Saint Cloud, MN 56301
F: 320.257.5628


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Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif

St. Cloud State University, B.A., magna cum laude