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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
Fax: 507-332-7484
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

As founder of J. Scott Braden, P.A., Scott is committed to representing clients in Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca, Northfield and throughout Southern Minnesota. His family law cases often involve high-asset divorces including farms and closely held businesses, antenuptial agreements, spousal maintenance and adoptions.

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

With 40 years of legalexperience, Scott understands the strain that dealing with legal issues can put on a family. He works efficiently to resolve matters as quickly as possible while prioritizing his client's best interests. 

For his achievements, Scott earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. 

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.


About J. Scott Braden

First Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediator in family and estate disputes

Bar/Professional Activity

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


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


  • 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
  • Child Custody Action:  Successfully tried parenting time case defeating father's claims for 50/50 parenting time.  Secured guideline child support
  • Conservatorship:  Successfully tried conservator's petition to make Last Will and Testament for protected party who died during the pendency of the litigation
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Guardianship:  Successfully tried guardianship proceedings establishing incapacity for 21 year old diagnosed with Schizophrenia
  • Trust:  Successfully managed and distributed Trust assets in excess of 10 million dollars. Continue to manage sub trust with assets exceeding $750,000
  • Farm Divorce:  Represented wife in dissolution involving numerous farms.  Secured substantial cash and real estate settlement with lease back options to former spouse
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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