Linda S. S. de Beer

Top rated family law attorney in Lake Elmo, Minnesota

de Beer & Associates, P.A.
Linda S. S. de Beer
de Beer & Associates, P.A.

Practice Areas: Family law, Military & veterans law; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1992

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2009, 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 1999, 2001
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de Beer & Associates, P.A.

8653 Eagle Point Boulevard
Lake Elmo, MN 55042 Visit website


Linda S.S. de Beer is an experienced family law litigator, and founder of de Beer & Associates, P.A.  The firm represents clients throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, with the primary office located near Woodbury, and another office in Edina.  Since 1992, she has been compassionately and aggressively representing clients in divorce and all family law matters.  She has substantial experience in cases that involve representing business owners or their spouses, business valuation, complex tax and financial issues, including creative solutions to division of restricted stock units or stock options.  As a former hockey mom of three kids, de Beer also empathizes with parents seeking the best outcome for their children, and eagerly participates in helping families solve their custody or parenting time disputes.

In addition to overseeing her legal practice, Ms. de Beer has served as a financial early neutral evaluator, a social early neutral evaluator (regarding parenting time and/or custody issues) as an ethics investigator for the Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee, reporting to the Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility, a board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, director of the Community Mediation Program and as a Hennepin County Conciliation Court judge.

Ms. de Beer graduated with honors and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to earning her law degree, she graduated with honors from the Carlson School of Management. She has also received the Young Woman Business Owner award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.  She has also received other awards as a Top 10 and Top 100 Family Law Attorney.  She has served as faculty for the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education organization, as well as an Instructor for the Tubman Family Alliance.

de Beer has been aggressively and creatively representing clients, their children, and their interests in businesses, small or otherwise, along with other complex financial interests since 1992.

Practice areas

Family law, Military/veterans law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile law, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Military divorce

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Military/veterans law

First Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Director, Community Mediation Program
  • Member of the Collaborative Law Institute since 1996 to present, tenant at the Collaborative Alliance in Edina, Forner Member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Former Chair of the Membership Committee, 1996
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Board of Directors, North Hennepin Mediation Program
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Science, Business, Carlson School of Management, with Honors. I started my undergraduate career at the University of Minnesota, with my initial degree work in an honors program for Engineering, through the Institute of Technology.  I am NOT one of those attorneys that doesn't understand math! (Though apparently I still don't understand double negatives.)  I did eventually transfer to the Carlson School of Management, preferring to focus on calculations related to revenue rather than physics.  I enjoy working on cases that involve complex financial or mathematical issues, whether it's business valuation, or tax issues, or statistical analysis and pension related present value calculations.  Even keeping an eye on whether transactions are "above the line" or "below the line" can have a dramatic impact on settlement.  The best education though, is working with incredibly talented clients, as well as experts in various fields., 1988
  • University of MinnesotaLaw School, Juris Doctorate, With Honors.  During law school my focus was learning litigation skills, through trial advocacy coursework as well as student attorney clinics.  I also worked part time, sometimes full time.  By the time I graduated I had participated in drafting nine appellate briefs on behalf of actual clients.  I had the opportunity to work with a talented trial lawyer, who involved me in the process of developing cases, literally from doing investigative work in an attempted murder trial, to the other end of the spectrum of representation - drafting appellate briefs.  Some of the cases I worked on are still the controlling law to this day, such as Bowman v. Bowman involving the use of subpoenas upon third parties for discovery.  Another landmark case is Itasca County Social Services v. Pitzen.  In that case the formidable trial attorney that I worked for convinced a jury that Mr. Pitzen was not the legal father, notwithstanding DNA evidence of 99.93% that he was.  I did say he was a talented trial attorney!  The judge wouldn't allow the verdict to stand though, and overturned the jury's decision by implementing "judgment notwithstanding the verdict."  The case still stands today for the presumption of paternity where DNA evidence is statistically significant., 1992
  • One of my greatest educational opportunities is working with my clients, and the professoinal teams we put together to assist on their cases.  I have the valued opportunity to represent many business owners, or their spouses, or clients with complex property or income issues in their family law cases.  My clients are often very bright, accomplished individuals, from CEOs, CFOs, University Professors (yes, even law professors and deans need independent counsel), and highly successful entrepreneurs. I learn from every case that I work on, but it is a unique opportunity to have their insight and assistance developing the case.  While I will always value my education at the Carlson School of Managment, nothing compares to the lessons I have learned from my clients.  You can read about EBITDA in a text book, but it will never be as meaningful as discussing it with the owner or executive that had the vision to change it.  There are no "letters" or degrees to capture that kind of learning., 1992
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Many courses have been presented through the years, but the primary course is Divorce Information Sessions.  The class is two to three hours long and covers both procedural as well as substantive issues parties may encourter in the Dissolution of Marriage process.  Other courses are offered from time to time the provide a deeper focus in either Custody and Parenting Time issues, or Financial Issues., Instructor, Divorce Information Sessions, Tubman Family Alliance / Chrysalis, 1992
  • Guide to Completing the Minnesota Short Form Power of Attorney.  Powers of Attorney are incredibly useful, and require only a few simple choices.  This guide explains the choices facing people who prefer to complete their own forms to give a power of attorney.  It is not a substitute for competent legal advice.  The guide also includes a link to the most current form.  This form does change from time to time., Author, Minnesota Short Form Power of Attorney, Published on, 2013
  • Featured article regarding the Gossman v. Gossman appeal.  The underlying case involved the finality of Karon Waivers as well as issues related to jurisdiction and equitable relief.  The case resulted in a twenty-seven page published decision that affirmed the finality of Karon Waivers, despite subsequent stipulated orders purporting to modify the terms of the earlier Order that contained a valid waiver.  The Court of Appeals upheld the client's request that favorable portions of the District Court's Order be affirmed, and unfavorable portions be reversed and remanded to be calculated and ordered in her favor., Interviewed and quoted regarding successful appellate representation., "Court lacks jurisdiction to modify Karon waiver agreements, Minnesota Lawyer, June 9, 2014, Vol. 18, No. 23, page 2., 2014
  • This was an hour long presentation discussing the history and evolution of private party agreements to restrict modification of spousal maintenance, more commonly known as Karon Waivers.  The material was presented with the original counsel for amicus curiae in the Karon case.  The issue was explored whether and how it might be possible to modify spousal maintenance after entry of a final decree containing a valid Karon Waiver of statutory private agreement., Faculty, Family Law Series, Spousal Maintenance: From Karon to Gossman, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Qualified netural under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.  Techinically, being listed as a neutral on the roster is NOT certified.  It is a type of special training, originally requiring forty hours of class, followed by annual continuing education devoted to alternative dispute resolution.  I am presently included on the Civil and Family Law Rosters, and in Family Law for Facilitative / Hybrid, Adjudicative, and Evaluative services., 1996
  • Certified as a Rescue Diver.  I'm used to swimming with sharks so it was pretty easy.....
  • The organization selects attorneys based upon its research, and ultimately selects less than 1.5% of lawyers overall nationwide., Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Minnesota, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
  • Young Woman Business Owner
  • Presented for excellence in the field of Family Law., Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
  • "Rising Star"
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Limited Service Representation. I participate in the Hennepin County Pro Bono Limited Service program.  It is a volunteer program where attorneys are assigned to represent individuals during important periods of their case, on a limited basis, such as at a pretrial or early neutral evaluation.  Often, this important limited representation can help settle cases in a fair manner., 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney, Tubman Family Alliance, Chrysalis Center for Women, 1993
  • I have a strong commitment to pro bono representation.  For years our firm has accepted cases from various agencies for pro bono representation.  We also will accept cases on a case by case basis.  This year alone we have represented many clients through the Hennepin County Limited Service referral program, but we have also independently taken it upon ourselves to represent individuals in many circumstances.  The cases we tend to take on outside of an agency referral tend to be excursions outside of family law:  three criminal defense matters, two civil litgation matters, a family law matter down near Iowa, collection matters, landlord tenant matters.  Sometimes, even a few hours of pro bono representation can dramatically assist an individual in resolving their case in a fair manner., 1993
  • Ethics Investigator to the Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility.  I completed a six year term as an ethics investigator.  I recently started another term after taking a few years off  Enforcing our professional rules is exceptionally important to protect the public, and, volunteering as an ethics investigator is an excellent way to stay informed and advised about our profession's rules and requirements., 2012
  • Guardian Ad Litem for Adult Party in Family Court.  Occasionally a party to a family court proeceeding is unable to participate in the proceeding in a manner that protects their best interests.  Even if represented by competent counsel, the party is unable to assist their attorney to prepare the case, participate in negotiations, or ultimately a trial.  I have been appointed by the Court to represent the individual, and assist the attorney of record prepare the case, and resolve the matter.  While such representation can be challenging, it is also important and rewarding to protect those that cannot protect themselves., 2011
Industry Groups:
  • Ethics Investigator For The District Ethics Committee
  • Fourth Judicial District
  • Guardian Ad Litem For Adults In Family Law Proceedings In Ramsey And Hennepin County
  • Initial Member Of The Steering Committees Created By Judicial Selection (Washington And Ramsey)
  • Instructor / Divorce Information Sessions For Tubman Family Alliance
  • Member And Former Committee Chair Of The Collaborative Law Institute
  • Member Of The Hennepin And Washington County As Well As State Bar Associations
  • Pro Bono Attorney For Hennepin County Limited Scope Program
  • Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 For Facilitative Hybrid Adjudicative And Evaluative ADR
  • Service Provider Of Both Financial And Social Early Neutral Evaluation In Various Counties

Office location for Linda S. S. de Beer

8653 Eagle Point Boulevard
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Phone: 651-714-2378


14 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2009, 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 1999, 2001

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