Franz Hultgren Evenson, Attorneys at Law


T: 320-253-7130 F: 320-253-0503


Franz Hultgren Evenson is proud of its heritage. Our firm traces its roots back to 1974 when Jim Hoolihan founded the firm. Recently retired partner Roger Neils joined Jim in 1978 and firm became known as “Hoolihan & Neils”. In 1979, the firm moved to our current location in the Executive Plaza Building in downtown St. Cloud.  In 1979, recently retired partner Tim Chirhart joined the firm, and current partner Neil Franz joined shortly thereafter in 1980.  The firm then became known as “Neils, Franz & Chirhart, P.A.” for the better part of two decades. Drew Hultgren joined the firm as an associate in 1996 and became a partner in 2000. In 2004, the firm hired JoAnn Evenson, who had been practicing in the St. Cloud area for seven years and became a partner a year later.  In 2009, the firm became “Neils, Franz, Chirhart, Hultgren & Evenson, P.A.”.  Our most recent additions are Chris Jensen who joined the firm in 2014, and Aaron Decker who joined in 2016. Our current firm name was also adopted in 2014.

Although our firm has changed names a number of times in the past 40 years, our commitment to providing exceptional and cost effective legal services has not.  Our attorneys have developed an excellent reputation through decades of successful representation and by regularly exceeding clients’ expectations.  Although our firm has had several opportunities to grow and expand into a much larger organization, we have chosen to maintain a size that is large enough to service the needs of our clients, yet small enough to develop ongoing personal relationships.

Franz Hultgren Evenson focuses on client service and results, and has adopted the following core values, which guide us in all that we do:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Responsiveness
  • Service to our community.


Fun Fact About Us: Three of our past attorneys have gone on to become Judges in Minnesota.



Drew Hultgren
Neil Franz
Chris Jensen
Joann Evenson
Joann Evenson
JoAnn Evenson
Sarah Jewell
Aaron Decker


Sarah Jewell Elected President of Exchange Club of St. Cloud

June 22, 2017
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