Dan O'Connell

Dan O'Connell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Maplewood, MN

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC
 | 2109 County Road D East, Maplewood, MN 55109
Phone: 651-771-0050
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Named the 2015 Minneapolis Area Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" and the 2016 Minneapolis Area Family Law Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, Dan O’Connell has been guiding clients through the legal system for 30 years. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year".

He helps his clients overcome the fear and uncertainty of divorce. He works hard to help his clients achieve a fair and amicable settlement, but if there is not a fair settlement to be had, Mr. O'Connell is a skilled trial attorney who will take the case to trial. He is a Board Certified Family Law Trial Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He helps clients make marriage dissolution decisions out of their highest aspirations instead of their worst fears and impulses. Dan is also a licensed CPA, so is able to understand, negotiate, and litigate complex financial and tax issues, business valuations, retirement, executive compensation, intellectual property, and other business issues, as well as non-marital asset issues. He has handled pre-marital and post-marital agreements, as well as cohabitation agreements. He represents clients in child custody, parenting time, grandparent visitation, and third-party custody/parenting time matters.

Dan’s calming demeanor and empathetic manner help him assist clients and lawyers toward amicable and dignified resolutions through ADR. Dan has been appointed by the courts to act as a neutral evaluator in dozens of cases involving financial issues and custody and parenting time issues. He is an arbitrator and CSM (private judge). He is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a member of the Collaborative Law Institute and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the AAML and serves on its Board of Managers. Dan practices law regularly in Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, and Dakota counties, but has had cases in many other counties throughout Minnesota.

He mediates both civil law and family law disputes. He has represented lawyers, doctors, dentists and other professionals in licensing and ethics matters, as well as applicants seeking admission to the bar for over twenty-five years.

Certificates and Credentials

About Dan O'Connell

Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.tuftlaw.com/our-team/danconnell

Honors and Awards:

  • Minneapolis Area Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®, 2016
  • Minneapolis Area Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®, 2015
  • Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for pro bono work, 2014
  • RCBA Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, 2006
  • Rated AV (the highest possible rating in both ethical standards and legal ability), Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2016
  • Minnesota Certified Public Accountant, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2004-present (Minnesota Chapter President 2011-2013)
  • Minnesota Association of Justice 1985-present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution 1991-present
  • AAML Minn. Board of Managers 2006-2010; 2011-present; MN Strategic Planning Committee Chair 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
  • American Academy of Attorney – CPA’s 1991-present
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants 1979-present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1979-present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association 1984-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 1984-present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 2007-present
  • Collaborative Law Institute 2004-present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 1992-present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member of Ramsey County Self Represented Litigant Program 2000-present  
  • Represents clients for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Office Location for Dan O'Connell

2109 County Road D East
Maplewood, MN 55109


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Last Updated: 2/13/2017

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