J. Scott Braden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Faribault, MN

J. Scott Braden, P.A.
 | 415 Second Avenue Northwest, Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-7483
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Attorney Profile

As founder of J. Scott Braden, P.A., Mr. Braden is committed to representing clients in Faribault and throughout Rice County, Minnesota. He focuses his practice on family law cases that involve high-asset divorce, farm divorce, closely held business divorce, antenuptial agreements, spousal maintenance, contempt motions, child custody, parenting time, third-party custody, adoptions and grandparents' rights.

After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Saint John's University, Mr. Braden went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Braden understands the strain that dealing with legal issues can put on a family. He works efficiently to resolve matters as quickly as possible while still prioritizing a client's best interests. His successes include developing a prenuptial agreement for a farmer worth $7 million, representing a wife going through a divorce that involved a number of farms and a real estate settlement, and negotiating with a divorcing couple who had substantial nonmarital assets to reach an agreement on a lump sum buyout and the wife's maintenance claim. He also successfully represented the owner of a closely held construction company valued at more than $5 million. In another case, Mr. Braden was able to secure a cash award to a spouse who was in a long-term marriage that involved large real estate and personal property holdings.

For his achievements, Mr. Braden has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He is largely sought as a mediator for family law disputes and holds a "Good" rating from Avvo.

Mr. Braden is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%)

Estate Planning & Probate (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2017

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About Scott Braden

Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://bradenlawoffice.com/who-we-are/j-scott-braden/

Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Super Lawyer for thirteen years
  • Top 40 Family Law Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Mediator in family and estate disputes

Bar/Professional Activity:

  •  Past President of the Rice County and Fifth District Bar Associations
  • Past Church of Sacred Heart – St. Lawrence Parish Council Member
  • Past Chairperson and member of the Faribault Planning Commission
  • President and member of the Board Directors for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS)
  •  Past member of the Rice County Community Health Service Advisory Board
  • Past chairperson of the Faribault Regional Center Board of Review
  • Vice-chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) Ethics Board
  • Qualified Rule 114 Neutral
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit
  • United States District Court for the State of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Trust:  Successfully managed and distributed Trust assets in excess of 10 million dollars. Continue to manage sub trust with assets exceeding $750,000
  • Estate:  Successfully defeated claims of undue influence and coercion in drafting Last Will and Testament.  Nominated Personal Representative confirmed and estate distributed pursuant to terms of Last Will and Testament
  • Conservatorship:  Successfully tried conservator's petition to make Last Will and Testament for protected party who died during the pendency of the litigation
  • Guardianship:  Successfully tried guardianship proceedings establishing incapacity for 21 year old diagnosed with Schizophrenia
  • Child Custody/Divorce:  Complex dissolution with non marital claims.  Custody and parenting time disputes submitted to custody evaluation. Parties participated in mediation.  Joint physical and legal custody, structured parenting time arrangement negotiated
  • Child Custody Action:  Successfully tried parenting time case defeating father's claims for 50/50 parenting time.  Secured guideline child support
  • Antenuptial Agreement:  Represented farmer with net worth 7 million dollars in negotiation and preparation of premarital agreement which limited spousal maintenance and provided transfer of assets on death to his heirs.
  • Closely Held Business Divorce:  Represented owner of closely held construction company with valuation exceeding 5 million dollars.  Case involved business valuation, tax planning, and spousal maintenance claims
  • Maintenance Divorce:  Long term marriage. Case involved substantial non marital assets. Included valuation of dental professional practice.  Lump sum buyout of wife's spousal maintenance claim
  • Farm Divorce:  Represented wife in dissolution involving numerous farms.  Secured substantial cash and real estate settlement with lease back options to former spouse
  • High Asset Divorce: Long term marriage.  Case involved significant valuation of real estate and personal property issues.  Secured cash award to spouse payable within 24 months

Educational Background:

  • St. John's University, Collegeville, MN – B.A. magna cum laude
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Office Location for J. Scott Braden

415 Second Avenue Northwest
Faribault, MN 55021

Phone: 507-332-7483


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Last Updated: 12/1/2016

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