Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich, LLC
287 Marschall Road, Suite 201
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379
University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2005
University of Mary Hardin Baylor, B.A., 1995
Johanna Clyborne is a founding partner in the firm of Brekke, Clyborne & Ribich. She focuses her practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, and legal issues particular to the United States Armed Forces. She is dedicated to helping her clients understand and navigate the complexities of the legal system while vigorously advocating for their rights.
During law school, Johanna developed her passion for client advocacy. She clerked as a certified student attorney for the 10th Judicial District Public Defenders Office as well as in the University of Saint Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services' Family Law clinic where she counseled clients and appeared in court on their behalf. Her ability to speak Dutch and German won her a coveted clerkship with Murphy and Patterson, P.A., a boutique business law firm in Minnetonka.
Johanna brings a varied and unique background to the practice of law. She has worked as an Assistant Director for Recruiting for DeVry University and as a regional manager for the Hertz Corporation. Since 1989, Johanna has served in the United States Army helping her communities deal with riots, floods and other natural disasters. Currently, Johanna is an active member in the Minnesota Army National Guard as an Engineer officer holding the rank of Colonel. She is a recently returned combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to her 21 years of military service, both enlisted and as an officer, she has a deep personal understanding of helping service members and their families. Johanna's father served in the Army for 26 years and later she married an Army officer who has been deployed numerous times.
Being an active and contributing member in her community is important to Johanna. Johanna is involved with the Girl Scouts of America for the past five years and serves as a Girl Scout troop leader. She is active in the Minnesota Woman's Lawyer Chapter and has served as a peer mentor and on the Peer Mentor Advisory Board for Saint Thomas. She has published several articles and is a frequent lecturer for various organizations, including the Family Law Institute and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, on the topic of family law and the military and the Service Members Civil Relief Act. She is on the Minnesota State Bar Association's Colleagues list for Military Law, participates in the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel through the Minnesota State Bar and is an active member of the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Johanna lives in Minnetonka with her husband Duncan and their daughter.