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A Legacy Of Service In Minnesota

A Closer Look

  • BIRTHPLACE: Dell Rapids, South Dakota
  • FAMILY: Husband, Daughter and one dog. I have two brothers and a sister and came from two educators. My dad is a retired math teacher and basketball coach. My mom was a paraprofessional working with children with disabilities.
  • WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT LAW: Being able to help people and make a difference
  • FAVORITE PLACE VISITED: St John, US Virgin Islands
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: It may seem I do nothing but work, but I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.


Ms. Ebert joined the firm in 1994, becoming a Shareholder in 1998. She was the first women to serve as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and was on the firm's Board of Directors between 2003 to 2010, from 2014 to 2019, and again beginning January 2023. Ms. Ebert is active and holds, or has held, leadership roles in national, state, and local professional organizations including the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys serving as president, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Seventh District Bar Association. Ms. Ebert is a past president of the Minnesota State Bar Association serving as President in 2020-2021. She previously served as President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association in 2014-2015. Dyan is currently serving as President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys where she earned her rank by previously serving as the Secretary, Vice-President and Minnesota State Chair.  Ms. Ebert is also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"). She is an AV Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, a Minnesota Super Lawyer, and was named to the list of Top 50 Women Attorneys in Minnesota in 2014 and 2021. Ms. Ebert was also recognized as a 2021 Attorney of the Year for Outstanding Service to the Profession.

Ms. Ebert practices in the areas of civil litigation, with a focus on employment and government liability, professional liability, insurance coverage, and general casualty law. Ms. Ebert represents government entities, corporations, and individuals at all stages of the litigation process, including before appellate courts. She counsels employers on policies and procedures, conducts employment-related investigations, and represents employers in conjunction with charges of discrimination filed with state and federal investigatory agencies. Ms. Ebert is a frequent lecturer to colleagues, as well as employees, supervisors, and human resource professionals, on employment-related matters including hiring, firing and discipline, workplace behavior, employee evaluations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and anti-discrimination legislation. Ms. Ebert also represents individuals and businesses in matters involving professional liability, personal injuries, premises liability, wrongful death, and insurance coverage.

Ms. Ebert is on the American Arbitration Association's no-fault arbitration panel. On January 19, 2023, Ms. Ebert was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea to serve as the Sixth Congressional District's representative to the Legislative Salary Council which is responsible for prescribing the salaries for Minnesota Legislators. Additionally, on November 24, 2010, the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed Ms. Ebert to serve on the Civil Justice Reform Task Force. The Task Force reviewed the Civil Justice Forum Report and civil justice reform initiatives undertaken in other jurisdictions and recommended to the Supreme Court changes to facilitate more cost effective and efficient civil case proceedings.

Since 1994, Ms. Ebert has served as coordinator of the Apollo High School Mock Trial Invitational Tournament.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1993
  • South Dakota, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2003


  • Attorney of the Year for Outstanding Service to the Profession, 2021
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers 2005, 2012-2020
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Minnesota, 2014 & 2021
  • AV Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, President, 2024 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, President, July, 2020 - June, 2021
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Outstate Representative to the MSBA’s 15 member Council, 2013 - 2016
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Chair of the Association’s Governance Committee, 2015 - 2016
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers Association's representative to the Council, 2006 - 2012
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Association's Women and the Legal Profession Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Chair of the Associations Elections and Appointments Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member of Assembly, Operations Committee, Elections and Appointments Committee, Judicial Elections Committee and Mock Trial Advisory Committee (various start dates to Present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2017 - Present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, State Chair
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Secretary , 2017 – 2022
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Executive Council, Class of 2016
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Vice President, 2022 – Present
  • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court, President, 2007 - 2008
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Advisory Board, 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2006 - 2016
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2011 - 2012
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2012 - 2013
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2013 - 2014
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, President, 2014 - 2015
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, President Emeritus, 2015 - 2016
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Organizer, Central Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, President, Central Minnesota Chapter, 1999
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association, Chapter Liaison to Board of Directors, 2004 - 2010
  • Minnesota CLE, Board of Directors, 2012 - 2019
  • Seventh Judicial District Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 2002 – 2018
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Program Committee Chair, 1996-97; 1997-98
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 1998 - 1999
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Vice President, 1999 - 2000
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, President, 2000 - 2001
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Editor, Association Newsletter, 1998 - 1999