Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman P.L.L.P was founded in Marshall, MN in 1953. Since that time, our reputation for professionalism and client service has lead to an expansion in all our areas of practice and in our client base. Today we offer a broad range of legal services to individuals, small businesses and financial institutions. Our attorneys have exceptional knowledge of the laws affect on our clients and a thorough understanding of our clients needs.
Each attorney concentrates on two or three specific areas of law and gives specialized attention to individual problems. This allows us to give individualized attention to fit your needs. Focusing our attention on specific areas of the law allows us to remain current on recent legal decisions. Our training background and focus enables us to provide you with competent and knowledgeable legal advice.
All attorneys are licensed to practice in state courts in Minnesota. If you have a problem which involves a matter outside of Minnesota, please feel free to discuss it with us. We have routinely worked with attorneys from other states and can assist you in selecting an out-of-state attorney.
Studies have shown that prompt contact with an attorney may actually prevent or minimize your legal problems. Early advice may prevent considerable expense at a later time.
Since all four attorneys in our law firm work closely with each other, you will have the collective expertise of all four working on every file. Moreover, if the attorney that you select or work with is not available, another attorney in this law firm can assist you with your problem.
In the event that our law firm is not equipped to deal with a highly specialized problem you encounter, we can assist you in obtaining the services of an attorney who will give you the service you desire.
Sara J. Runchey
Sara works primarily in the area of family law which includes divorce, child custody, paternity, post-divorce matters and agency adoptions. Sara was born and raised in Marshall and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration & Accounting in 1993. She attended William Mitchell College of Law and received her law degree in 1996.
Sara is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association including the Family Law Section, Lincoln-Lyon County Bar Association and the 9th District Bar Association. She serves on the executive council of the Family Law Section and was Chair of the Section from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. She has also presented locally and state-wide on family law issues and served on various state-wide committees.
Sara is active in the community and has sat on numerous local boards including United Way. She has also participated in the Blandin Community Leadership Program and was a University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow in 2001-2002. More recently, Sara was elected to a four-year term on the Marshall School Board.
Sara lives in Marshall with her husband, Jim and their three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and exercise, especially yoga.
R. Paul Goode Jr.
Paul practices primarily in the areas of real estate, probate and estate planning, as well as trusts and trust administration. Paul was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated cum laude from Liberty University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a minor in Business. He attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law and graduated in 2004.
Paul is a member of the Lincoln-Lyon County Bar Association and the 9th District Bar Association. He is a former President of the Lincoln-Lyon County Bar Association and 9th District Bar Association. He is a Real Property Law Specialist, Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also a member of Wealth Counsel, Probate and Trust Law Section, and a member of the Real Property Law Section.
Paul lives in Marshall with his wife, Betsy, and five children. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and volunteering with Marshall United Soccer Association. He is also highly involved in his church community.
Amie practices primarily in the area of family law including paternity, child support, child custody, and divorce. Amie was born and raised in Belgrade, Minnesota and lived on a hobby farm. She graduated from Gustavus Adophlus College in 2006 with Bachelor’s degrees in Social Studies Teaching and History. She was licensed in Minnesota to teach Social Studies in grades 5-12. She attended the University of North Dakota School of Law and graduated in 2009.
Amie is a member of the Lincoln-Lyon County Bar Association, the 9th District Bar Association, and the Children's Justice Initiative. She is a former treasurer and president of the 9th District Bar Association. In 2014, Amie was appointed to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Protection, Adoption, and Guardian ad Litem Procedure for a term of three years.
Amie enjoys giving back to the community. She is currently on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors, is a past recipient of an Outstanding Service Award from Central Minnesota Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program and is a certified North Star Lawyer.
Amie lives in Minneota with her husband, Trevor, and they have four young children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and crafting/sewing.
Eric practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. He also works on various other types of legal matters including child protection, guardianship, civil commitment, firearm rights, and maltreatment determinations.
Eric grew up in Tempe, Arizona, and then attended Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) where he was the placekicker for the Mustang football team. In 2006, Eric was named the SMSU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He graduated from SMSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration in 2007 and later obtained a Master’s degree in Education/Sports Leadership in 2012.
Eric then attended William Mitchell College of Law, graduating in 2015. Prior to joining Runchey, Louwagie, and Wellman, Eric practiced as an Estate Collection Attorney, Document Review Attorney, and an Estate Planning Attorney.
Eric is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the 9th District Bar Association (currently serving as vice president), and the Children’s Justice Initiative. Eric is active in the local Marshall community where he is on the Advisory Board for Hope Harbor and was a member of the 2021-2022 Marshall Leadership Academy.
Eric lives in Marshall with his wife, Melanie, and their sons, Max and Dex. In addition to spending time with his family, Eric enjoys sports, movies, and games.
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