Witz Law Firm P.A.
DBA Witz Law
Rochester, Minnesota | Licensed in Minnesota, Florida, and Michigan
Allan Witz is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator who practices in Rochester, Minnesota. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Florida and Michigan. Allan previously practiced in South Africa from 1986 until 2001, when he immigrated to the USA.
Allan was appointed to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2016. In September 2021, Allan was honored with an award from the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court in recognition and appreciation of his “professionalism, dedication and service to the citizens of the State of Minnesota” for his work on the Board.
Allan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Rhodes University, and a Master of Laws in Commercial Law (Company Law and Income Tax) from the University of Cape Town. He also has a Master of Laws for International Lawyers (GPA 4.00) and a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, (class rank 7th of 197), from Hamline University School of Law.
Allan’s principal practice areas are business law, estate planning and immigration law. Allan has counseled clients in domestic and international business transactions for more than 35 years. He also undertakes in projects for business clients who require research, interpretation and strategic application of complex laws and regulations. As an immigrant to the USA, Allan has experienced the challenges and successes of the immigration process. In his estate planning practice, he recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of every client.
Allan received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Hamline Law School’s Dispute Resolution Institute. At law school he received a CALI award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution. He is an Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE /FENE) and a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. He has extensive experience in family and civil mediations. Allan is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINR), a federal government-authorized organization that operates under the supervision of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He serves as President of Mediation & Conflict Solutions, a non-profit organization providing mediation services. He is a former chair of the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission and was formerly the Vice-Chair of the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission.
Allan is a former member of the Minnesota State Bar Assembly; was President of the Third District Bar Association and was President of the Olmsted County Bar Association. He has also served on the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and has served as the Chair of the Third District Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. He is a former member of the Third District Bar Association Ethics Committee and has been the Chair of the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, a non-profit organization providing services to refugees and immigrants.
Allan has been a guest speaker on law and ethics at the University of Minnesota Rochester UMR Connects lecture series and moderated a public debate on the proposed 2012 Minnesota Voter ID constitutional amendment. During his terms as chair of the Rochester Police Policy Oversight Commission, he moderated the public forum of the Commission as part of the Commission’s outreach to obtain public comment on the proposed body camera policy for the Rochester Police Department.
Allan has written and presented continuing education courses for lawyers and mediators, and for insurance and real estate professionals. As an adjunct instructor, Allan has taught courses in law, business and ethics in the United States. He has also presented workshops on international business and international business law to MBA students in China and taught business and ethics courses in Vietnam and Mexico.