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Timothy D. Lees

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Edina, MN

Lees Family Law, Ltd.
3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: 952-215-3181
Fax: 651-222-7989
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2003, 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 1999
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Family Law (90%), Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Swedish
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Attorney Profile

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 and for the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. He is an active member of the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association and a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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 the Special Olympics.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

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


3 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2003, 2021
  • Rising Stars: 1999

About Timothy D. Lees

First Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Geske v. Marcolina, 624 NW 2d 813 , 2001, Minn. Ct. App.
  • Tressler v. Tressler, CX-02-1861 , 2003, Minn. Ct. App
  • Though family law is difficult to define in terms of "verdicts and settlements," I have repeatedly proven successful in my work for clients at all levels - through mediation and ADR; conciliation court; district court; and the appellate courts. Between 2000 and 2012 I have been involved with 20 cases at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. My most significant published case is Youker v. Youker, 661 N.W.2d 266, 2003, Minn. Ct. App

Pro bono/Community Service

  • I am a volunteer attorney with the Ramsey County Self-Help Center. I also provide pro bono legal services to women in need through Tubman. Outside of work, I am a volunteer Swimming Coach through Special Olympics. One of my swimmers qualified for Nationals in 2014, and I attended the meet with her in Princeton New Jersey. I have also volunteered with Special Olympics bowling tournaments. I also volunteer with Gigi's Playhouse Down Syndrome awareness center


  • , Law and Politics Super Lawyer
  • , Law and Politics Rising Star

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court
  • I am a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association.
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Tribal Court, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2000
  • Minnesota, 1993

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • I have been accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The Minnesota Chapter of the AAML was founded in 1966. It has grown over the years and today the chapter has over 50 members, recognized as some of the leading family law attorneys in the State. Fellows of the Minnesota chapter have been instrumental in shaping today's family practice, which focuses on alternative dispute resolution to help families through the divorce process in a manner aimed, if possible, at minimizing conflict.  AAML Fellows are also recognized as some of the top family law trial lawyers in the state and country, and as needed are able to skilfully handle complex and challenging litigation issues, including custody, business valuation, non-marital claims, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, spousal maintenance and child support, 2019
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Office Location for Timothy D. Lees

3300 Edinborough Way
Suite 550
Edina, MN 55435

Phone: 952-215-3181

Fax: 651-222-7989

Last Updated: 5/6/2021

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