Erik W. Fern


Joined Firm in 2008

A native of Hammond, Wisconsin, Attorney Erik Fern was born December 30, 1981, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 2004, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he majored in Political Science and Communication Studies and played wing for the college's rugby club. After graduation, Fern went on to enroll at the Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline School of Law) in Fall 2004, earning his Juris Doctorate in December 2006. While at Hamline, he attended the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at La Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy), focusing on dispute resolution in the context of international trade, and later completed a judicial externship with The Honorable John L. Holahan, Minnesota District Court. Prior to joining the Putnam, Fern and Thompson Law Office, Fern served as a corporate counsel for Menard Inc., where he dealt primarily in employment law and general legal business matters.  Licensed to practice law in Iowa and Minnesota, he has also been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Fern is a member of the Winneshiek County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.

An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys fishing, bow hunting, and mountain biking. Other interests include the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Green Bay Packers, as well as spending time with his wife, Beth, and his Irish setter, Duncan.

Areas of Practice
  • Family Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Organization
Bar Adminissions
  • State of Iowa
  • State of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • United State Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2006
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
    • B.A. – 2004
    • Major: Political Science, Communications
    • Award the Presidential Scholarship
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Winneshiek County Bar Association