Meet the Team

We are small town attorneys that have grown up and worked in small towns most of our lives. We know each and every client is important and deserves our upmost attention and respect.

Why use Schurman & Winters Law Firm?

We are determined to fight to get the best possible result in your case. We pride ourselves on being available for our clients. We welcome any phone calls with questions or concerns about your case. It is our policy to return all phone calls within a 24 hour period of time unless our secretary informs you that we’ll be out of the office longer than that. We will strive to make your legal issue as easy on you as possible.

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Thomas P. Winters


Thomas P. Winters grew up in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He went to Hamline University where he double majored in Legal Studies and Political Science. From there, he went to William Mitchell College of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in May 2009.

Thomas has spent most of his legal career concentrating on helping people that often feel helpless. He spent his summer between his first and second year of law school volunteering with Tubman Family Alliance in Minneapolis. Here, he would help advocate for victims of domestic abuse. He would assist them in obtaining an order for protection, and work with them to find a safe place for them to go.

From there, Thomas spent his final year of law school working with the Ramsey County Public Defenders Office. With the Public Defenders Office, Thomas spent much of his time negotiating plea agreements with the prosecutors. He also would perform bail arguments to help defendants pleading not guilty get out of jail. He performed some investigative work, and helped attorneys prepare cases for trial.

After law school, Thomas spent a year working with Thomson Reuters as a document reviewer. Here, he would spend much of his time reviewing and proofreading legal documents before they were published.

Outside of work, Thomas spends a lot of time working out in the community. His community involvement was instilled in him from an early age by his parents. He grew up working in his Dad’s mechanic shop and on the family farm. He was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in nearby West Union. All through high school, he spent time volunteering at the church. He was a regular mass server through tenth grade. He volunteered at the church dinners every year. He also helped his Mom as a Sunday School Teacher for a few years.

His community volunteering continued through college. He volunteered at the International Institute of Minnesota, where he helped new citizens learn computer skills, and worked with them to develop a resume to obtain work. He also spent time volunteering with the Big Brother organization where he was paired up as a mentor with an underprivelaged youth.

Thomas moved to Detroit Lakes in August of 2010. He instantly became involved in the community once he arrived here. He is a member of the Detroit Lakes Jaycees. He is also an active member in the Detroit Lakes Morning Rotary Club. He has also become a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. He likes to spend his free time out in the community, or outdoors where he has taken up fishing and curling since moving to the lakes area.

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Dennis W. Schurman

Of Counsel

Dennis W. Schurman is at Schurman & Winters Law Firm in an of-counsel capacity. Dennis grew up in Walhalla, North Dakota. Dennis has been an attorney for over 38 years, most of those years spent in Detroit Lakes. He did his undergraduate work at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a major in Mathematics. He also obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks.

Dennis moved to Detroit Lakes after Law School with his wife Shirley. He has 3 kids and 11 grandchildren.

Dennis started Schurman Law Office over 20 years ago. He has built a general practice with a main focus in real estate, estate planning, and probates.

Dennis has also spent much of his time helping and volunteering in the community. He has spent time with the Jaycees and Elk Club when he first came to the area. He has also been a member of Kiwanis for over 30 years. He is a very active member in his church.

Dennis retired from taking on new cases on January 1, 2010. He is a part of Schurman & Winters in a mentor and of counsel position. He is excited to spend more of his time traveling with his family and giving more time back to the community.

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Sandy Hofer


Sandy was born and raised in Frazee, Minnesota, where she currently resides. She has two kids. Sandy began working for the Schurman Law Office as a legal secretary ten years ago. She will continue working for Schurman & Winters as the friendly voice that welcomes you to the office or answers your phone calls.

She attended Alexandria Technical College where she obtained her degree for a legal secretary. Much of her free time is spent raising her two young children and helping her family.

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Schurman & Winters Law Firm
904 Lake Ave, Ste 1
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501