Timothy D. Lees

Top rated Family Law attorney in Edina, Minnesota

Lees Family Law, Ltd.
Timothy D. Lees
Lees Family Law, Ltd.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1993

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Swedish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2003, 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 1999
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Lees Family Law, Ltd.

3300 Edinborough Way
Suite 550
Edina, MN 55435 Visit website


Timothy D. Lees is a family law attorney based in Edina, Minnesota. Mr. Lees is the founder of Lees Family Law, Ltd., and serves clients throughout Minnesota. He has been practicing law for over 28 years and is an experienced family law practitioner and litigator.

Mr. Lees handles a variety of family law issues, including those involving divorce, custody, property division and spousal maintenance. He is a strong negotiator and capable of helping his clients resolve even the most complex cases. When litigation is necessary, he is an experienced trial attorney in the courtroom, dedicated to fighting for the rights of his clients.

Committed to serving his legal community, Mr. Lees regularly participates in the Ramsey County Family Court Legal Clinic. He has spoken at continuing legal education events, the Family Law Institute, and for the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. He is an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association and a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, currently serving on its board of managers.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, Mr. Lees graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, now known as Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He holds licenses to practice law before all Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and has practiced in the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community tribal courts.

Prior to founding Lees Family Law, Ltd., Mr. Lees practiced at two private law firms. He spent three years as an associate at a firm and then 15 years as a shareholder at another firm before opening his firm in 2014. Outside of his law practice, he contributes his time to various causes. He volunteers with GiGi’s Playhouse: Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, and Special Olympics.

Practice areas

Family Law, Appellate

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Appeals, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 90% Family Law
  • 10% Appellate

First Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.leesfamilylaw.com/attorney/lees-timothy-d/

Educational Background:
  • I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., Bachelor of Arts in 1989, with a major in Economics, and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. For one year I attended college in Sweden, at Sorangen's Folkhogskola, in Nassjo Sweden, with all classes taught in Swedish. I graduated from Minnetonka Senior High in 1985
  • Graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law., 1993
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court
  • I am a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association.
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2000
  • Minnesota, 1993
  • I was chosen as a Super Lawyer , Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers magazine, 2022
  • , Law and Politics Super Lawyer
  • , Law and Politics Rising Star
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • I authored an article titled "The Breakup Is Going To Cost How Much?" in the Family Advocate, Vol. 45, No. 1, which is a publication of the American Bar Association.   The article discusses the cost of divorce litigation, the stages of divorce proceedings, and the role of alternative dispute resolution., Author, The Breakup Is Going To Cost How Much?, American Bar Association Family Advocate, Vol. 45, No. 1, Summer 2022 edition, Family Law Attorneys, Family Law litigants, 2022
  • Presented a CLE on July 14, 2014, to the Minnesota State Sheriff's Association, entitled: "Family Law: Custody and Parenting Time Orders", Faculty, 2014
  • Family Court Orders, Minnesota Association of Sheriffs, 2014
  • Presented a CLE entitled: "A Primer on the Unfortunate and Common Intersection of Family Law and Criminal Law", Faculty - 2018 Minnesota CLE Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE Family Law Institute, 2018
  • Presented a CLE on July 7, 2016, entitled: "Top 10 Family Law Issues", Faculty, Minnesota CLE, 2016
  • Presented a CLE on April 14, 2016, entitled: "Informal Discovery: What's THAT All About?", Faculty, Minnesota CLE Family Law Institute, 2016
  • Geske v. Marcolina, 624 NW 2d 813 , 2001, Minn. Ct. App.
  • Tressler v. Tressler, CX-02-1861 , 2003, Minn. Ct. App
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • I continue as a volunteer attorney with the Ramsey County Self-Help Center., 2022
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • I was elected to, and am currently serving on, the Board of Managers of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers., 2022

Office location for Timothy D. Lees

3300 Edinborough Way
Suite 550
Edina, MN 55435

Phone: 952-215-3181


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2003, 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 1999

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