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Peter G. Lennington, Esq.,
Founder & Principal

Peter G. Lennington is a Twin Cities attorney and counselor, helping traditional and non-traditional families plan for life, deal with death, resolve conflict, and preserve a lasting legacy. His plans are comprehensive and highly personalized. Hundreds of families have engaged Peter to ensure that their loved ones have the information, guidance, and resources they need in the event of a death or disability.

Peter is past president of the American Association of Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law Attorneys (AATEELA), a national, invitation-only organization of attorneys specializing in estate planning and elder law. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and a member of the Wealth Counsel, a nationwide collaboration of trusts and estates attorneys and other legal, tax and business professionals. Peter's continuing education and collegial involvement ensures the most sophisticated planning techniques are always available to the firm's clients. He is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section; and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Peter graduated from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1990, where he was Editor of the Toledo Law Review, 6th Circuit Edition. He has served as the chief appellate court clerk for Hon. Donald R. Ford, presiding judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; and for the current Assistant Presiding Judge Gary Larson, of the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Court.

Peter is a frequently requested lecturer for the University of Minnesota, College of Human Ecology, and speaks to private groups on a variety of different topics, including family protection planning, wealth preservation, and elder law. Peter also routinely instructs attorneys and other financial professional in the areas of estate planning and planning for the elderly.

As the firm's founder, Peter holds the highest standard of client services, scholarship and lawyer accessibility. Peter serves the firm's clients by first listening closely to their goals, dreams and concerns. He then works with them to develop superior plans, that reflect his clients' own unique situations. Peter is committed to helping his clients understand that the foundation of estate planning is not just saving tax dollars, but also appreciating the value of planning for themselves and their loved ones.

M. Kate Chaffee, Esq.,

Since 1990, Kate has practiced law in a variety of settings in both the private and public sectors.  She has been involved in all phases of complex litigation, primarily in cases involving antitrust, toxic tort and product liability claims.  Her experiences include serving as national litigation coordinating counsel for a multi-national rail equipment manufacturer for whom she also provided business process analyses, litigation risk assessment and proactive risk-minimization counseling.  Kate also has significant experience managing large-scale discovery projects.  As the manager of document analysis at her former firm, Kate developed the firm’s in-house document analysis center, managing a large staff of permanent and contract document analysts and overseeing the department’s development and implementation of best practices for document analysis and review.  Prior to joining Lennington Law Firm, PLLC, Kate was an attorney with RDRW, Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly, manager of document analysis for Faegre & Benson, and worked for the state of Minnesota as an administrative law judge and counsel to various legislative committees.

Kate received her undergraduate degree from Harvard-Radcliffe University in 1986, and graduated from University of Toledo College of Law, magna cum laude (1990), where she was a member and editor of the University of Toledo Law Review.

Benjamin W. Brouwer

Ben joined Lennington Law Firm, PLLC, in 2007 as an estate planning, probate, and trust administration paralegal. He works closely with firm attorneys and clients on the implementation of estate plans and stewarding estates through the administration process at death. Ben also handles a multitude of administrative functions, including client scheduling, and correspondence with financial institutions, government offices, and the courts.

Ben is a member of the Minnesota Paralegal Association. He received a certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute and holds a B.A. in music and sociology from Iowa State University.


Melissa JosephMelissa Joseph
Director of Client Relations

With an extensive background in teaching, coaching and leadership roles, Melissa has a passion for assisting people through the many transitions in life. She acknowledges the importance of making people feel as comfortable as possible through times of change. Melissa brings an exceptional level of comfort to clients with her compassion, empathy and total engagement.

Melissa completed her undergrad at SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Elementary Education and continued on to earn her master’s degree in Secondary Education at Plymouth State University. Before joining Lennington, Melissa was a college soccer coach for ten years. Melissa continues to make soccer a part of her life and coaches a team in Minnetonka.


Mary Elyse Lennington-Chaffee
Spiritual Advisor

Elyse is highly adept at providing the firm with a sense of perspective. As part of her ongoing internship, Elyse counsels the firm in the areas of time management, priorities, and acknowledging the spiritual.

Elyse is currently pursuing a bilingual education at Highland Park Junior High School, where she is a member of the Junior National Honor Society.  In her spare time, she's very active in soccer, piano, and reading. Elyse also enjoys acting, art, and lounging with her cousins at the cabin.



Anna Louise Lennington-Chaffee
Firm Energizer

Anna is principally responsible for ensuring that every day brings the requisite level of excitement. She is currently pursuing her dreams of capturing and domesticating all living creatures.

When she's not enjoying a bowl of chocolate ice cream, Anna is engaged in a bilingual education at Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary School. She is also active in soccer, piano and caring for her dog, Maddie.

Sofia Gofere Lennington-Chaffee
Director of Business Interruption

Sofia is the newest member of the firm internship program.  While pursuing her preschool degree at Highland Park Montessori School, she has mastered the painting, pouring, and matching modules.  Sofia is in charge of interrupting all weekend and evening business activities. In her spare time, Sofia enjoys photography and playing Candyland.

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