8/12/1933 – 12/12/2019

In Memoriam

Raebern B. Hitchcock was the consummate people’s attorney for over 55 years. Raebern’s dedication to common citizens and his humility, honesty, and hard work were an inspiration for all of the clients and attorneys he touched.

Raebern graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1955 with a degree in finance. He then served actively in the U.S. Air Force in Germany shortly after the Korean War and went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1962.

Initially, Raebern practiced law in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He then joined forces with his father and stepmother, Ed and Marie, in the firm of Hitchcock, Hitchcock and Hitchcock in Saint Paul. From there, Raebern worked as a sole practitioner for many years before forming the Hitchcock Law Firm with his son, Edward. During his practice, he represented thousands of clients regarding their personal legal matters.

In 1985, Raebern successfully argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court in the Beecham Case, which is a landmark decision in Minnesota for implied contracts. He was an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law during the 1970s and also was a frequent lecturer on the topic of real estate law over the years. In 1998, Raebern was named Business Man of the Year by the Payne-Arcade Business Association.

Raebern’s commitment to his clients and his mentoring of other attorneys were just as important as his many legal accomplishments. Throughout his career, Raebern inspired others to enter the practice of law, and he was a mentor to many young attorneys. He selflessly provided help to everyone who came to him in need, and he did so in a way that always made his clients and peers feel special.