Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A. is an all-purpose law firm serving all of southern Minnesota. The firm is over 125 years old; dating back to 1887. Our seasoned attorneys can assist you in areas of law ranging from general in-office advice to week-long jury trials. We offer the experience you need with understanding and compassion. Almost all cases will involve more than one area of law and Adams, Rizzi & Sween P.A will be able to guide you through all of them.

Of Counsel

Gary E. Leanard graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1963 and is admitted to practice law in the states of Minnesota and Iowa. He joined the firm in 1963. He is active in the community and is a Past President of the Board of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce and First Methodist Church of Austin.

Raymond B. Ondov is of counsel to the firm. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School and being admitted to the Minnesota Bar, he joined this firm in 1954. Ray is active in community affairs.

 

Paul V. SweenPaul V. Sween
(507)433-7394
psween@adamsrizzisween.com

Paul V. Sween has more than 35 years of legal experience in a general law firm setting after joining the firm in 1972. Paul has expertise in agricultural law, corporate and business law, real estate transactions, banking law and trust and estates. Not only has Paul gained this knowledge through his law practice but also through his personal involvement in the dairy and hog industry and his real estate development in Mower County.

In addition to his practice, Paul has been active in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, having been the chairman of the building fund drive and serving on the Board of Elders. Paul was one of the founders of Pheasants and Habitat of Southeast Minnesota and was the Mower County Chairman for Ducks Unlimited for twenty years. Paul has been active in many community affairs and is a past president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Education:
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 1972
St. Olaf College, B.A. cum laude, 1969

Admissions:
District of Minnesota
Minnesota
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations:
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Mower County Bar Association

 

Steven T. Rizzi, JrSteven T. Rizzi, Jr.
(507)433-7394
srizzi@adamsrizzisween.com

Steven T. Rizzi, Jr. joined the Adams, Rizzi & Sween. P.A. firm in 1983. Steve is a general practitioner who works in several areas including: school law, labor law, employment law, business and corporate law, estate planning and real estate law. He has experience in several matters including: contract drafting and disputes, employee matters (employee relations, employment issues, labor negotiations, wrongful issues, labor negotiations, wrongful discharge), estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), government data practice questions and compliance, public bodies and public meetings, incorporation, limited liability companies, sales and acquisitions, collective bargaining, and contracts.
Steve is active in many professional and civic activities. He currently serves as Secretary for The Hormel Foundation Board of Directors. Previously Steve served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys and twice served as the Council’s Chair. Steve's teaching experience prior to attending law school provides him with a unique perspective in the area of school law.

In addition, Steve is Past President of the following organizations: Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, Austin Early Risers Kiwanis Club, Minnesota Riverland Technical Foundation, Austin Public Education Foundation, Inc., Parenting Resource Center Board of Directors, and Mower County Bar Association. Steve is also a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership program.

Education:
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 1983
University of Minnesota-Duluth, Bachelor of Science, 1977

Admissions:
District of Minnesota
Minnesota

Professional Affiliations:
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Mower County Bar Association

 

 

Dean K. AdamsDean K. Adams
(507) 433-7394
dadams@adamsrizzisween.com

Dean K. Adams joined the Adams, Rizzi & Sween P.A. firm in 1990. Dean is a general practitioner who works in several areas including: workers' compensation, personal injury, civil litigation, family law and real estate.

Dean is active in many professional and civic activities. He is Past President of the Mower County Bar Association, Austin Noon Lion's Club, Austin Public Education Foundation, and the Parenting Resource Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations here in Mower County.

Education:
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. 1990
University of Minnesota, B.A. 1985

Admissions:
District of Minnesota
Minnesota

Professional Affiliations:
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
Mower County Bar Association

 

Adam J. HouckAdam J. Houck
(507)433-7394
ahouck@adamsrizzisween.com

Adam J. Houck is an associate at the firm who joined in 2012. He is a general practitioner who works in areas in criminal law, labor and employment law, and civil litigation.

Adam is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. While at law school, Adam served for two years as a certified student attorney with the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul.

Adam has also gained experience as an intern in the National Labor Relations Board as well as the Hennipin County District Court. Adam is originally from Faribault and now makes his home in Austin.

Education:
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 2012
University of Minnesota, M.Ed. 2007
University of Minnesota, B.S. 2004

Admissions:
Minnesota

Professional Affiliations:
American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Tenth District Bar Association

 

Morgan E. CarlsonMorgan E. Carlson
(507)433-7394

mcarlson@adamsrizzisween.com

Morgan E. Carlson joined the firm as an associate in 2015. 

 Morgan is a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.  While at law school, Morgan volunteered with Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Children’s Law Center, and the Legal Aid Section of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.  These experiences provided Morgan with a background in fact-gathering, client interviewing, mediation, and file management.  Morgan also gained experience as a certified student attorney with Cornerstone Family Law in Minneapolis where she performed legal research and drafting under the supervision of the attorneys at Cornerstone.  During her last year of law school, Morgan also enjoyed working as a research assistant for Dr. Francis Shen.  During her time with Dr. Shen, she performed various research and editing tasks.

 Since starting at the firm, Morgan has been involved in drafting title opinions, working with the school district, and estate planning.  Morgan is originally from Theilman, MN, a small town in Wabasha County, and now resides in Austin.

Education:
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 2015
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, B.A. 2012

Admission:
Minnesota