Mary Pat is a Partner with Viitala Law Office. Before joining Ann, Mary Pat was a professor and Associate Dean at William Mitchell College of Law and a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Mary Pat is a licensed attorney with over twenty years of experience teaching, leading, and inspiring people and organizations. She is passionate about helping people explore possibilities and create what they want in life. As your attorney, Mary Pat will work with you to solve your legal problem or address your legal need with clarity and ease.

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • The Intent Test: Bias in the Courts, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference, January 24, 2015
  • Equal Protection and Same-Sex Marriage, CLE, Hamline University Law School, January 16, 2015
  • Custody and Parentage for Same-Sex Couples: Legal Issues and Litigation Strategies, Minnesota CLE, Family Law Institute, March 24, 2014 and AFCCC, September 4, 2013
  • Same-Sex Divorce in a DOMA State, 50 Fam. Ct. Rev. 214 (2012) (with Morgan Holcomb)
  • Codifying the Intent Test, 41 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 130 (2015) (with Erica Holzer)
  • Anonymously Provided Sperm and the Constitution, 23 Colum. J. Gender & L. 1 (2012) (with Rebecca Ireland)
  • Which Came First, the Parent or the Child?, 62 Rutgers L. Rev. 306 (2010) (with Jenni Vainik Ives)

Admissions, Memberships, and Community Service

  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Eight Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Avalon School Board Member
  • CCLI Board Member
  • Global Mamas Volunteer


  • University of Minnesota – J.D., magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review
  • Fulbright Scholar – Ghana, West Africa
  • Loyola University Chicago – B.A., magna cum laude