Lisa T. Spencer

Top rated family law attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Henson Efron
Lisa T. Spencer
Henson Efron

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2001

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2011

Henson Efron

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


President and shareholder at Henson & Efron, P.A., a law firm in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lisa T. Spencer is a family law attorney serving clients in the Twin Cities metro region. Her practice focuses on all areas of family, and in particular, complex financial issues.  

Admitted to practice in Minnesota in 2001, Ms. Spencer earned her law degree magna cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she also received the Harry S. Sieben Award for Academic Excellence. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her legal career spanning 20 years, she has helped families, including celebrities, athletes, and other high-net-worth clients. She is a strategic thinker skilled in complex financial matters such as business valuations, tax implications, and executive compensation.

Well-known across the legal community as a tenacious and knowledgeable attorney, Ms. Spencer has garnered many honors over the years. She has been rated “Excellent” by Avvo and ranked in the High Net Worth Guide by Chambers and Partners. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for family law and among Notable Women in Law by the Twin Cities Business magazine. Furthermore, she has received the Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Ms. Spencer is part of many prominent legal associations. She is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) . She is a prior adjunct faculty member at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and a guest lecturer at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Ms. Spencer has co-authored several pieces on topics related to family law in a number of journals. She has also lectured and presented via numerous speaking engagements, sharing her legal acumen with her community and fellow lawyers.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Adoption, 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

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 2001, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, 1989, 1989
  • J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 2001, 2001
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Guidance on Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements., Co-author, Proposals and Prenups: What to do before - or after - you say I do, Henson Efron Thought Leadership, General Public, 2019
  • Spousal Maintenance is Statutory, But…; Is there a Case for Spousal Maintenance?; Determining the Amount of Spousal Maintenance; Determining the Duration of Spousal Maintenance; Special Considerations in the Amount and Duration of Spousal Maintenance; Modification of Spousal Maintenance, Co-author, Family Law Financial Deskbook - Chapter 2 - Spousal Maintenance, Minnesota CLE, Family Law Attorneys, 2018
  • PRESENTATIONSGuest Speaker, AAML Divorce Camp, “The Antenuptial Agreement Statute - What is it Good For?,” October 2017 Guest Speaker, Family Law Institute, “Common Ethical Traps for the Family Law Attorney” and “General Tax Issues in Family Law,” March 2014 Guest Speaker, AAML Divorce Camp, “Effective Discovery,” September 2013 Guest Speaker, Probate and Trust Law Institute, “DDT: Divorce, Death, and Taxes,” June 2013 Guest Speaker, “Handling Your First Minnesota Divorce Case,” June 2013 Guest Speaker, AAML Divorce Day Camp, “Practical and Ethical Considerations for Limited Scope Representation,” May 2013 Guest Speaker, Family Law Institute, “Debt Allocation,” March 2013PUBLICATIONSFeatured in "Where Intellect and Civility are Key," Attorney at Law Magazine - Women in Law Special Issue, November 2014 Co-Author, "Waiver of Retirement Benefits in Antenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements," Minnesota Lawyer, September 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 4th District Bar Association's Ethics Committee Chair, 2018-present; Co-Chair, 2016-2018; investigative member, 2007–2016, 2019
  • AAML Minnesota Chapter Board of Directors President, 2019-present; Vice President of External Relations, 2018-2019, 2019
  • Henson Efron, Management Committee, 2012-present, 2019
  • AAML Minnesota Chapter Divorce Camp, Committee Member 2019-present; Chair, 2018; Co-Chair, 2016-2017 (an annual continuing education conference helping shape legislative changes in family law), 2019
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2019
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, 2001-Present, 2019
  • Hennepin County Unbundled Services Steering Committee 2012–Present, 2019
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Committee Member, 2010–2012, 2012
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee Co-Chair 2009–2011; Officer 2007–2009, 2011
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Task Force on the Rights of Unmarried Couples, Family Law Section Subcommittee Chair, 2009, 2009
  • Notable Women in Law Honoree, Twin Cities Business, Notable Women in Law Honoree, Twin Cities Business, 2020
  • 2020 Women in Business Honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Women in Business Honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2020
  • 2020 Recipient, Minneapolis Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyer in America, 2020
  • Minneapolis Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyer in America, 2018
  • 2015-2022, Best Lawyers - Family Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Office location for Lisa T. Spencer

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-252-2875

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