Karim G. El-Ghazzawy

Karim G. El-Ghazzawy

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone: 612-659-0199
Fax: 612-333-9220
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Karim is an experienced litigator, specializing in complex family law cases involving custody, antenuptial agreements, spousal maintenance, business valuations and financial issues. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Karim is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Courts, U.S. District Court, and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. His extensive appellate practice includes Ma v. Ma (validity of foreign marriages), In re M. M. (CHIPS), Rutz v. Rutz (opposing move out of state by custodial parent) and the unpublished decision in Ackerberg v. Ackerberg, among many others. Karim has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He approaches legal problems pragmatically with a results-oriented approach. Karim is fluent in Spanish (reading, writing, speaking and translating). He is a member of the Hennepin County Juvenile Court, Guardian ad Litem Attorney Panel and has been representing volunteer guardians in complex district court and appellate litigation since 1991.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Divorce and Custody Mediator, Minnesota Supreme Court Office of Continuing Education, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1988


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 1986
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A.
    • Major: History and Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating by Martindale – Hubbell
  • Minnesota “Super Lawyer” 2003-2008, 2010-2022

Past Employment Positions

  • Roster of Independent Hearing Officers, Department of Children, Families & Learning, conducting special education due process hearings, 1997 – 2003
  • Centro Legal, Chief Legal Officer, 1989 – 1991
  • Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 1986 – 1989
  • Mansfield Fellow, Law Clerk, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 1985