Barbara Nilva Nevin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Brooklyn Center, MN

Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A.
 | 1915 57th Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Phone: 763-560-0000
Fax: 763-566-0211
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Hebrew
Attorney Profile

Barbara Nilva Nevin is a family law attorney with Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., serving people throughout Minnesota, including Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota, Ms. Nevin decided to pursue a career in law. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 1979.

Ms. Nevin shares her experience of more than 35 years in family law and bankruptcy with other attorneys throughout the country as a lecturer for continuing legal education programs. She is the author of several legal publications, and she holds memberships in the American Association for Justice and the Hennepin County Bar Association, as well as the Family Law and Bankruptcy sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Ms. Nevin currently serves the Hennepin County Conciliation Court as a referee.

In 2009, Ms. Nevin and her colleagues at Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., successfully questioned the constitutionality of portions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act as a plaintiff before the U.S. Supreme Court. She focuses her practice primarily on litigation and handles a wide range of legal matters, including the following: divorce, prenuptial agreements, custody and visitation, alimony and spousal support, child support, adoption, domestic violence, children's rights, ethics, sexual harassment, motor vehicle defects, legal malpractice, pharmaceutical products and foreclosures. Ms. Nevin has successfully won reversals of district court rulings in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Ms. Nevin Spoke last year at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention on "Grandparent Custody in Wrongful Death Proceedings.  This year she will be speaking at the American Association for Justice on representing "Personal Injury Clients Who File Bankruptcy."

Community service is important to Ms. Nevin. She assists the city of Chanhassen as a chairperson of its seniors' commission. Additionally, as the mother of a veteran, she is extremely active in organizations that support veterans and military personnel, including Beyond the Yellow Ribbon where she serves as Vice Chair.  She also worked to help establish the Veteran's Diversion Court in Carver County.  Ms. Nevin is a member of the Chanhassen Rotary. Ms. Nevin also vounteers at Legal Aid during the year.  Ms. Nevin was given the Distinguished Service Award by the Chanhassen Rotary in 2017.  She is also currently a mentor to a Chanhassen High School Student through STRIVE.

Ms. Nevin is a proud grandmother to two grandchildren and enjoys traveling to spend time with them. 

* Ms. Nevin is a debt relief agent. She helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (40%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity

Class Action/Mass Torts (30%): Toxic Torts

Bankruptcy (20%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Toxic Torts, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2019

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About Barbara Nevin

Admitted: 1979, Minnesota

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  • Chanhassen Rotary Club’s Distinguished Service Award, 2017
  • Ms. Nevin along with other attorneys from her firm were chosen as Attorneys of the Year from Minnesota Lawyer for challenging the constitutionality of the provisions of the Bankruptcy Reform Act., Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • WCCO Good Neighbor Award, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Substitute teacher license for the State of Minnesota., 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Conciliation Court Referee for Hennepin County.
  • Member, Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, Banrkuptcy Section of the Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1979 - 2005
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association, Pharmaceutical and Toxic Torts.
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Family Law section of the Hennepin Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Bar, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1987 - Present Member of the Eighth District Bar Association.
  • Member, Family Law section of the Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Bar, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Speaker Various High Schools, 1993 - present
  • Volunteer at Southern Minnesota Legal Services St. Paul, 2017
  • Member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Chanhassen, currently Vice Chair., 2014
  • Volunteer at Legal Aid, 2013
  • Chair, Senior's Commission for the City of Chanhassen, May 1, 2006 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker and Author of Article, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury, American Association For Justice, 2010
  • How to Argue a Case Before the MN Supreme Court Family Law Forum, 11, Author, 2002
  • Resolve fee Disputes Efficiently Through Arbitration, 70, 2001
  • Milavetz Gallop and Milavetz P.A.'s Challenge to the Ill Conceived and Poorly Written "Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. (BAPCPA).", 2010
  • speaker, First Amendment Rights under the Bankruptcy Reform Act, Minnesota Bar Association, 2009
  • "Representing a Personal Injury Client Going Through Bankruptcy."  By Barbara Nevin and Gregory Malush.  It was presented by Mr. Malush at the Minnesota Association for Justice on March 12, 2018.
  • "Effects of Bankruptcy on Personal Injury Claims in Recessionary Times", 2010 AAJ Winter Convention, 2010
  • "Third Party Custody", Minnesota Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005
  • "Grandparent Rights", William Mitchell Law School, Guest Speaker, 1996
  • "Milavetz, v. U.S. - Implications for Practitioners", MCLE Webcast, 2010
  • How do Resolve Third Party Custody cases in Wrongful Death Matters.  Also my Article on this was published with the course materials., American Association for Justice, 2018
  • Ms. Nevin Spoke and published an article at the Winter Conference of the American Association for Justice in 2018 on the topic of "Resolving Third Party Custody Issues in a Wrongful Death Proceeding."


  • Kayachith v. Athakhanh, 83 N.W. 2d 729 (Minn App 2001)
  • In Re SF, 582 N.W. 2d 500 (Minn App 1992.)
  • Joel vs. Wellman, 551 N.W. 2d 729 (Minn App 1996)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, B.A., Honors: Honors Participant, Major: English
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Office Location for Barbara Nilva Nevin

1915 57th Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Phone: 763-560-0000

Fax: 763-566-0211

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Last Updated: 1/18/2019

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