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651-771-0050
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dan@tuftlaw.com
Dan O'Connell
Tuft, Lach, Jerabek, & O'Connell
2109 County Road D East, Maplewood, Minnesota, 55109


Bio

I like the covenant in the Collaborative Participation Agreement that says that if one party notices that the other party has made a mistake during the Collaborative process, he or she will tell the other party. All family law cases should have this requirement, but they don’t. The Collaborative process gives both of you a great chance to reach a fair agreement that is in the best interests of both of you and your children. And it allows you to reach you own agreement; not one decided by a judge. Parents know what’s best for their children, not a judge; something I’ve heard judges say many times when clients appear in court. I’m a Collaborative family law attorney and mediator who can help you and your spouse overcome the fear and uncertainty of divorce and do what’s best for your family. I offer a free, half-hour initial Collaborative Law consultation so that you or you and your spouse can meet me and discuss whether the Collaborative process is the right process for you.

Honest. Honorable. Strong. Fair. Calm. Knowledgeable. Analytical. Logical. Creative. Truthful. Personable. Ethical. These are important attributes I believe I bring to all my cases. I have been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America 3 times in the last 4 years for the Minneapolis Area, twice in Family Mediation and once in Family Law. I live in Wash. Cty and my practice is located in Ramsey Cty, but I work with clients all over the Twin Cities area and many counties in Greater Minnesota. I have been a member of CLI since 2004. I am the 2006 recipient of the Ramsey County Bar Association’s Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, a Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Minnesota Chapter and a Past President of the Ramsey County Bar Association. I am named a “Super Lawyer” and one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota. I also do ethics law.

Business
Areas of Practice
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
Education
Undergraduate Education: University of St. Thomas, MN, 1977, Magna Cum Laude
Law School: William Mitchell College of Law, MN, 1981, J.D.
Professional Licenses
  • Attorney at Law
  • CPA
  • Qualified Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator (financial and social)
Professional Activities
  • Assn. of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 1992-present;
  • Collaborative Law Institute 2004-present;
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2004-present (Board of Governors 2006-present);
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2007-present);
  • MSBA 1984-present (Council 2003-2006;
  • Assembly 2003-2006 & 1991-94;
  • Governance Committee Chair 2004-2006;
  • Multijurisdictional Task Force 2004-2006;
  • Operations Committee 1992-2004;
  • Assn. Governance Task Force 2003;
  • Co-chair 2001and 2006 MSBA Conventions;
  • Multidisciplinary Practice Task Force 1999-2002;
  • Family Law Section 1985-present;
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 1995-present);
  • RCBA 1984-present (Past-President 2002-2003, President 2001-2002, President-Elect 2000-2001; Vice President 1999-2000; Secretary/Treasurer 1995-98; Personnel Committee Chair 2002-2003; Family Law Section 1

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