Brian L. Sobol

Top rated Family Law attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sobol Family Law, P.L.L.C.
Brian L. Sobol
Sobol Family Law, P.L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate, International; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1982

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2009, 2011 - 2024

Sobol Family Law, P.L.L.C.

80 S 8th St
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


A nationally renowned family law attorney advocating for his clients from the law firm Sobol Family Law, P.L.L.C., in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brian L. Sobol has immense knowledge in many areas of family law, including:

·       Divorce and high net worth divorce

·       Complex marital assets

·       Antenuptial agreements

·       Spousal maintenance

·       Child custody

·       Protective orders

·       Post-decree modifications

·       Domestic abuse

A trained mediator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Mr. Sobol is also board-certified as a family trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). He uses his nearly 40 years of experience to help his clients reach an amicable resolution in their family law matters. He understands that this is a grueling and emotional time in people’s lives, so he takes on his clients’ stressors and gives them the peace of mind they deserve. 

Earning his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in child psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1979, Mr. Sobol attended the University of Minnesota Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1982. After law school, he clerked at the Hennepin County District Court and gained valuable exposure on how the judicial branch operates. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest peer-review rating, Mr. Sobol has earned the admiration of his peers and his clients, always upholding the highest professional standards. Along with a perfect “10.0” rating on Avvo, he was elected as a diplomate by the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a prestigious position only awarded to the top 100 family trial lawyers in the United States. 

Mr. Sobol stays involved through his many affiliations with prominent legal organizations such as the NBTA’s Family Law Section, the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the Minnesota Association for Justice and the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. He holds fellowships in the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the AAML and is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Minnesota Chapter and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Appellate, International

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Appeals, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 80% Family Law
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% International

First Admitted: 1982, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers elected Mr. Sobol a diplomate in 2014 (membership limited to the top 100 family law trial attorneys in the United States), Board Certified Family Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; International Academy of Family Lawyers
Educational Background:
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. in Child Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Representative Clients:
  • Nelson v. Nelson, 411 N.W.2d 868, Minn. App. 1987
  • Maeder v. Maeder 480 N.W.2d 677, Minn.App.,1992
  • In re Marriage of Jodsaas v. Jodsaas Not Reported in N.W.2d, 2009 WL 3735860, Minn. App., 2009
  • Nemitz v. Nemitz. 376 N.W.2d 243, Minn. App., 1985
  • Burkstrand v. Burkstrand, 632 N.W.2d 206, Minn., 2001
  • Tournier v. Tournier Not Reported in N.W.2d, 2002 WL 2004645, Minn. App., 2002
  • Duffey v. Duffey, 416 N.W.2d 830, Minn. App., 1987
  • Bury v. Bury, 416 N.W.2d 133, Minn. App., 1987
  • Liebscher v. Liebscher Not Reported in N.W.2d, 1998 WL 268087, Minn. App., 1998
  • Passolt v. Passolt, 804 N.W.2d 18 (Minn. App. 2011), 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1984
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Minnesota, 1982
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1985 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Board of Governors, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012 - 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Cornerstone Advocacy Service, 2002 - 2010
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Diplomate - American College of Family Trial Lawyers, by invitation group of the top 100 trial lawyers in American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2014
  • Chambers Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth Minnesota - Band 1, 2021
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • AAML Trained Mediator, 2022
  • Board Certified Family Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2015

Office location for Brian L. Sobol

80 S 8th St
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-500-5960


25 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2009, 2011 - 2024

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