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Dawn Zugay
Direct Dial: 612-584-4701
Licensed in Minnesota

Dawn is a Senior Counsel and Mediator at Mendoza Law, LLC.  Dawn’s extensive background in conflict resolution provides clients valuable skills and perspectives that help resolve their problems.  Dawn’s skills are available to assist a variety of clients and matters, including business disputes, employment conflicts, housing disputes, large and small scale community conflict, organizational conflict, litigation, and non-profit organizations.

Dawn has over ten years of dispute resolution experience, including mediation, conflict coaching, designing dispute resolution processes for multi-party disputes, and facilitating community comment processes.  As a former adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, Dawn managed and taught the Community Mediation Clinic.  She also taught the 30-Hour Civil Facilitative Hybrid Mediation Training Course for the Conflict Resolution Center, and she designs and teaches advanced mediation training classes for practitioners to enhance their mediation skills. She is a Rule 114 Qualified Civil and Family Mediator and holds a Certificate from the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management Executive Education Course. She also trained with the Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) in Constructive Problem Solving.

As an attorney, Dawn advises and works closely with nonprofit executives and board members to start and grow their organizations and programs.  Dawn provides a full range of legal services for non-profit organizations, including support and legal guidance with nonprofit entity formation, obtaining tax-exempt status, governance, regulation of charities, compliance concerning lobbying, advocacy, and political activities, mergers and acquisitions, and questions related to fundraising.

Dawn is a committed and active volunteer in her community and serves as a volunteer mediator for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, and Conflict Resolution Center.  

Practice Areas
  • Mediation: Business, Community, Employment, Inter-Personal, and Housing Disputes 
  • Non-Profit Law
  • Legislative Affairs and Government Regulation
  • Communications Law
  • Litigation


  • Interim Co-Executive Director for Conflict Resolution Center

  • Program Director and Trainer for Conflict Resolution Center

  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School Legal Clinic

  • Committee Specialist for the University of Minnesota, Senate Office

  • Private Practice at Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P

  • Graduate Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, The Minnesota Court of Appeals, 

  • Graduate Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Mark S. Cady, The Iowa Court of Appeals

Education and Training​​
  • Harvard Program on Negotiations and Mediation and Conflict Management Executive Education Course 
  • Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Facilitated Group Problem Solving Training
  • Minnesota Peace-Building Leadership Institute
  • Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience
  • Drake University Law School, cum laude (1993)
    • Law Review 
    • Drake Law Scholarship 
  • Houston Baptist University, B.A. Economics & Political Science, magna cum laude (1990)
    • Endowed Academic Scholar
    • NCAA Div. I Varsity Gymnastics 
Bar Membership and Industry Activities
  • Minnesota Bar, admitted 1993
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • ADR Section 
  • Qualified Neutral under Rule-114 of the General Rules of Practice for the MN District Courts
Volunteer Activities
  • Volunteer Mediator
    • Conflict Resolution Center
    • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights 
    • Minnesota Department of Human Rights 
  • Friends School of Minnesota
    • School Committee Member
    • Development Committee Member 
  • Twin Cities Friends Meeting
    • First Day School Teacher
  • Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
    • Women’s Program Volunteer
  • Meals on Wheels (Wilder Foundation)
    • Meal Deliverer
  • Tubman, Minneapolis, MN
    • Volunteer Legal Advocate
  • People Serving People
    • Meal Service and ECFE Assistant