Jennifer Wellner was born in 1950 in Buffalo, Minnesota and grew up in Bemidji and Shoreview, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from that institution in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in studio arts, and a Bachelor of Science degree, with high distinction, in art education. Following graduation, she taught high school art in Sydney, Australia for one year before returning to attend law school at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Gamma Eta Gamma law fraternity and lived in the Gamma House throughout her law school career, becoming its first woman president in her third year at the house. Ms. Wellner graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1979, and was admitted to the practice law in the State of Minnesota in that same year.
Following her admission to the bar, Ms. Wellner practiced law in her hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota until 1986. She was first an associate attorney in the law firm of George Duranske, and then became a partner in that firm which was renamed as Duranske & Wellner. In Bemidji, she was a member of the Beltrami County Bar Association, and was elected as its first woman president.
In 1986, she decided to return to the Twin Cities where her parents had resided since 1965 and entered the firm of Skogerboe & Skogerboe in Blaine, Minnesota, as an associate.
In 1992, she opened her own practice in Circle Pines, Minnesota. That practice grew and in January of 1996, she and Jo Lynn Isaacson formed the law firm of Wellner & Isaacson, PLLP. The firm has been in general practice since that time with an emphasis in the area of family law. Ms. Wellner has been practicing law for more than 27 years and in addition to work on her family law cases involving dissolution of marriage, child custody and child support, her general practice includes work in areas of law such as probate, wills, real estate, business law and criminal defense.
Jennifer Wellner has been recognized as a Super Lawyer practicing in the area of family law by Law & Politics magazine in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Anoka County Bar Association, Gamma Eta Gamma Law Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa and the Animal Humane Society. She also was appointed to and served on the Legal Services Advisory Commission for the State of Minnesota from 2000 to 2006.
Ms. Wellner is a painter in her time away from the practice of law and has had recent shows of her work in the Twin Cities area and in Bemidji. She also enjoys traveling to her lake home near Bemidji with her dog Buster, and is working on completing her first mystery novel which has been in the works for more than a decade.