Attorney Profiles

The Law Firm of FRAGO & LASSWELL, P.A. Practices Exclusively in the Area of Family Law

Family law includes divorce and paternity matters involving child custody, parenting time (visitation), child support, spousal maintenance (also known as alimony), property division, paternity, domestic abuse, and grandparent issues. By focusing on family law, our firm is able to vigorously and effectively work with our clients to educate and help them during a very stressful time in their lives.

Our firm’s philosophy is to provide our clients with the best possible service while helping them reach their goals and objectives. We are strong advocates for our clients both in and out of the courtroom. We encourage our clients to work with the other party to come to a resolution that meets the unique needs of their family through negotiation, mediation, and/or collaborative law.


BRAD FRAGO

Brad Frago has been a licensed attorney since 1992. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude in 1992. Upon his graduation from the U of M, he was a law clerk in the Eighth Judicial District for the Honorable John J. Weyrens. In 1995, he joined a family law firm as an associate attorney. Brad opened W. Bradley Frago, P.A. (now Frago & Lasswell, P.A.) in Northfield, Minnesota in May 2001. His law practice is limited to family law. He is a Rule 114 qualified neutral, has a family law mediation practice, and conducts Financial Early Neutral Evaluations (FENE) and Social (Custody) Early Neutral Evaluations (SENE). Brad is currently serving as the Chair of the Family Law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a past President of the Rice County Bar Association and a past member of the Minnesota Collaborative Law Institute’s Board of Directors.

Brad first came to Northfield in 1984 when he attended Carleton College. He graduated cum laude from Carleton in 1988. Brad has lived in Rice County since 1995. He has been involved in many community organizations. He is an officer with the Civil Air Patrol Squadron at the Stanton Airport. Brad is active in the Northfield Rotary Club and serves as the club’s Youth Protection Officer, and as a counselor for Rotary foreign exchange students. He is a past president of the Faribault Noon Exchange Club, and a past board member of Airfest, Inc. which organized the Faribault Area Airfest and Balloon Rally. He is a past Den Leader and Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 344 in Northfield.

Brad is married to Michelle Lasswell and they have two children. In his spare time, Brad enjoys amateur radio, aviation, camping, fishing, traveling, weather and spending time with his family.


MICHELLE LASSWELL

Michelle Lasswell has been a licensed attorney since 1994. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict with an English major, government minor. She attended Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated with honors in 1994. While at Drake, she was an Associate Editor for the Drake Law Review, and had two articles published in the Law Review.

Michelle worked as a law clerk in the Eighth Judicial District for the Honorable Randall J. Slieter from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, she opened the Law Office of Michelle M. Lasswell in Faribault, where she practiced family law, in addition to working as a part-time public defender for the Third Judicial District. In 1997, she took a position as an attorney in the compliance department of the Life Company at Federated Insurance in Owatonna. She joined Brad Frago at Frago & Lasswell, P.A. in January 2002. Her law practice is limited to family law. She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114, and has a private family law mediation practice.

Michelle is currently serving as a board member on the Community Action Center of Northfield. She is a past President of the Northfield Rotary Club (2016-17), as well as a past board member of Rotary District 5960 (2017-18). She is active with the Northfield Rotary Club, and is currently serving as a counselor for Rotary Youth Exchange students. She has also served on the board of the Northfield Soccer Association, Faribault Airport Youth Aviation Center (EAA Chapter 1273), HOPE Center (fka WomanSafe Center), the College of St. Benedict’s Alumnae Association, and Open Door Nursery School. She also regularly volunteered at her children’s school and has helped out at her church.

Michelle is a member of the following law-related organizations:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association/Family Law Section
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Rice County Bar Association

Michelle is married to Brad Frago and they have two children. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys writing, traveling, walking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.