Dan O'Connell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Maplewood, MN

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC
 | 2109 County Road D East, Maplewood, MN 55109
Phone: 651-771-0050
Fax: 651-771-0850
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dan O'Connell is a shareholder with the Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC, law firm in Maplewood, Minnesota. Mr. O'Connell serves clients in Washington County (where he lives), Ramsey County (where he offices) and throughout the seven county Twin Cities Metro Area.  Mr. O'Connell devotes his practice to  family law and helping his clients through the complex and emotional divorce process. He also represents professionals in ethics and licensing matters.

Board-certified in family law trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and possessing over 30 years of legal experience, Mr. O'Connell has helped hundreds of clients with their issues involving child custody (parents and third party custody),  support, property division, non-marital property, highly compensated individuals, alimony, parenting time, grandparent visitation, and other related matters. He is also a licensed CPA in Minnesota, so he has invaluable insight in helping his clients with high asset divorces, business valuations, tax issues, and other complex financial matters.

Trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques, Mr. O'Connell strives to help his clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without the need for court intervention; however, he will not hesitate to aggressively fight on behalf of the rights and best interests of those he serves in court when necessary.

Known for his calm demeanor and his great sense of empathy, Mr. O'Connell works to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere to help facilitate amicable discourse between divorcing parties in order to help them achieve resolutions that work for all involved.

Recognized for his personalized service and impeccable professionalism, Mr. O'Connell has received numerous awards and honors. He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and The Best Lawyers in America voted him Minneapolis family law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 and Minneapolis family law mediation "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016 and 2018.

A 1977 magna cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, Mr. O'Connell obtained his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in 1981. He is highly active in his legal community, and he once served as president for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and for the Ramsey County Bar Association. A fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he is also heavily involved with the Collaborative Law Institute and belongs to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%): Arbitration, Mediation

Professional Liability (10%): Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation, Ethics & Professional Responsibility


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Dan O'Connell

Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.tuftlaw.com/team/dan-oconnell/


  • Minneapolis Area Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®, 2015
  • Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for pro bono work, 2014
  • RCBA Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, 2006
  • Named as a “Super Lawyer” and one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Area Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers®, 2016 and 2018
  • Rated AV (the highest possible rating in both ethical standards and legal ability), Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2016
  • Minnesota Certified Public Accountant, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Cir.), 1984
  • U.S. District Court (Minnesota), 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983
  • Minnesota, 1981
  • RCBA, Strategic Planning Committee 1998-2001 (Co-chair 2000-2001)
  • RCBA, Memorial Committee 1986-present
  • RCBA, Family Law Section 1985-present
  • RCBA, Personnel Committee Chair 2002-2003
  • RCBA, Secretary/Treasurer 1995-98
  • RCBA, Secretary/Treasurer 1995-98
  • RCBA, Vice President 1999-2000
  • RCBA, President-Elect 2000-2001
  • RCBA, President 2001-2002
  • RCBA, Past-President 2002-2003
  • RCBA, 1984-present
  • MSBA, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section 1995-present
  • MSBA, Family Law Section 1985-present
  • MSBA, Multidisciplinary Practice Task Force 1999-2002
  • MSBA, Co-chair 2001and 2006 MSBA Conventions
  • MSBA, Assn. Governance Task Force 2003
  • MSBA, Operations Committee 1992-2004
  • MSBA, Multijurisdictional Task Force 2004-2006
  • MSBA, Governance Committee Chair 2004-2006
  • MSBA, Assembly 2003-2006 & 1991-94
  • MSBA, Council 2003-2006
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2004-present (Minnesota Chapter President 2011-2013)
  • Minnesota Association of Justice 1985-present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution 1991-present
  • AAML Minn. Board of Managers 2006-2010; 2011-present; MN Strategic Planning Committee Chair 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
  • American Academy of Attorney – CPA’s 1991-present
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants 1979-present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1979-present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association 1984-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 1984-present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 2007-present
  • Collaborative Law Institute 2004-present
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers 1992-present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Leadership St. Paul (Graduate 1996)  
  • Maplewood Parks and Recreation Department Soccer Coach 1991-1997
  • Maplewood Athletic Association. Baseball Coach 1991-2000
  • Church of St. Pascal Baylon Men’s Club Christmas Tree Sales 1996-2012
  • St. Pascal’s School Baseball Coach 1995-2012 and 2008-2012
  • Conducted mediations for the former Catholic Charities Mediation Program
  • Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for his pro bono work in 2014
  • Member of Ramsey County Self Represented Litigant Program 2000-present  
  • Represents clients for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Educational Background:

  • University of St. Thomas, MN, Honor: magna cum laude, 1977
Office Location for Dan O'Connell

2109 County Road D East
Maplewood, MN 55109

Phone: 651-771-0050

Fax: 651-771-0850

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Last Updated: 1/22/2019

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