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Brian L. Sobol

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered
800 Nicollet Mall, Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-474-5914
Fax: 612-339-2386
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2009, 2011 - 2021
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Family Law (80%), Appellate (10%), International (10%)
Attorney Profile

Brian L. Sobol is a shareholder with McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered, which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He focuses his practice on family law, handling matters such as divorce, custody and spousal maintenance for clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.  Mr. Sobol specializes in matters involving complex high net worth estates, including valuation of closely held businesses, and has substantial experience drafting and litigating antenuptial and post nuptial agreements.  He has experience with both domestic and international custody cases and business matters. He is a skilled litigator with experience in appellate matters, has experience working as a mediator and has conducted neutral financial evaluations in some cases.  He earned recognition for excellence from the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which elected him a diplomate in 2014 (membership limited to 100 of the top family law trial attorneys in the United States practicing sophisticated and complex family law).  He was included in Chambers 2021 ranking for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth - Minnesota, Band 1, one of only five Minnesota attorneys ranked by Chambers for their expertise in high net worth cases.  He is Board Certified Family Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Sobol graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in child psychology, and he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society as an undergraduate. He earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1982 and has been admitted to practice in Minnesota since 1982. Mr. Sobol is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Outside of the office, Mr. Sobol maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the American, Minnesota State and Hennepin County bar associations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and served as the administrative vice president of the organization's Minnesota chapter from 2009 to 2012, and served as Minnesota's delegate to the National Board of Governors from 2012 to 2018 Mr. Sobol is also a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. From 2002 to 2010, he served on the board of directors of Cornerstone, an advocacy service. Mr. Sobol has also given lectures on a number of topics with a focus on domestic law and is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

*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

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%International
Focus Areas



22 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2009, 2011 - 2021

About Brian L. Sobol

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, 1996 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Cornerstone Advocacy Service, 2002 - 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Trained Mediator
  • Board Certified Family Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2015
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Office Location for Brian L. Sobol

800 Nicollet Mall
Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-474-5914

Fax: 612-339-2386

Last Updated: 9/1/2021

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