Lymari J. Santana

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C.
 | 100 South Fifth Street, 2100 Fifth Street Towers
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-200-2822
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As one of the founding shareholders of Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C., Lymari J. Santana brings to the practice of family law over twenty years of litigation and trial experience, and a diverse background.  Lymari has been practicing law since 1994, focusing exclusively on family law litigation since 2000.  She co-founded Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C. in 2004. 

Lymari has successfully represented clients in complex high asset and high net-worth divorce cases.  She is also experienced in effectively representing clients facing challenging and complicated custody, parenting time and financial issues in divorce cases, paternity cases, post-divorce modifications and enforcement of court orders.  Lymari excels in providing strong, dynamic advocacy for her clients, combined with efficient, creative legal services.  She is also a Qualified Mediator under Rule 114, which provides a cost-effective option for those parties looking for a neutral professional to assist them with resolving legal disputes through agreement.

Lymari has been listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2007, and she was listed in the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2012, and Top 100 Minnesota Women Super Lawyers lists in 2007 and 2009.  She was previously selected as a Minnesota Rising Star from 2005 through 2007 by Minnesota Law & Politics.  As a former partner with the WCCO News Radio Real Estate Hour, Lymari has been a guest on the live show to answer questions and speak about divorce and real estate issues. Lymari lectures frequently on family law topics for continuing legal education courses, and she has co-authored several published articles on a wide-range of family law issues.

Lymari received a bilingual education and she speaks, reads and writes Spanish as fluently as English.  She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, on an Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and earned a degree in political science with honors in 1991.  After graduation, Lymari moved to Detroit, Michigan, to pursue a law degree at Michigan State University College of Law.  After graduating from law school in 1994, Lymari served as an attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) for nearly five years.  Initially, Lymari advised soldiers and their families on family law issues, tax issues, consumer law and wills and estates.  Lymari finished her military career after serving a tour of duty as a criminal defense lawyer with the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.  In 2000, Lymari brought her litigation experience to family law when she relocated to establish a private practice in the Twin Cities.

Lymari has worked as a lawyer-volunteer for the Hennepin County Family Court Settlement Program.  She has also worked as a lawyer-volunteer for the Spanish LAW Clinics at Tubman (a non-profit organization), providing assistance on family law issues to individuals who have difficulty with speaking English or who do not speak English at all. 

Lymari resides in  Plymouth, MN with her husband Chris and her son Cyrus.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): 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

Focus Areas

Family Law: 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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007

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About Lymari Santana

Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.macksantanalaw.com/Attorneys/Lymari-J-Santana.sht...

Honors and Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Counsel, Army, 1998-2000
  • Cum Laude, Michigan State University College of Law
  • 25 On the Rise Leadership Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, November 2005
  • Army ROTC Scholarship

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Planning Committee, Annual Conference, AFCC MN Chapter, Minnesota Families: Is "Justice and Fairness For All" Possible?, July 16, 2015
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), MN Chapter
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Habitat for Humanity, Law Day Law Clinics, MHBA law student mentorship program
  • Member, CLE Committee, 35th Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention: El Futuro Sin Límite/Future Without Limits, Minneapolis MN, September 8-11, 2010
  • Member, CLE Committee, Hispanic National Bar Association Mid-Year Conference & Moot Court Competition, Minneapolis MN, Spring 2007
  • Organization Secretary, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 2001-2003
  • Past-President, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 2005-2006
  • President-Elect, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • President, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 2004-2005
  • Member, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, State Bar of Minnesota
  • Minnesota, 2000
  • Michigan, 1994

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer at the Latino Legal Experience in Minnesota, a program with Middle & High School students and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, United States Disctrict Court of Minnesota, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and Federal Bar Association of Minnesota, October 18, 2016
  • Member - Rotary Club of Plymouth, 2016
  • Past Member, West Medicine Law Community Club, Plymouth MN
  • Captain, United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps, 1995-2000, U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, also serving U.S. Army Special Operations Command (John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School) and U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Family Court Settlement Program, Hennepin County
  • Volunteer, Limited Scope Attorney, Family Court Unbundled Legal Services,  Hennepin County
  • Volunteer, Spanish LAW Clinics, Tubman/Chrysalis (provide instruction and legal assistance on family law issues to individuals who have difficulty speaking English or who only speak Spanish)
  • Chrysalis - Spanish Law Clinic

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Panel Member, "Consider an Alternative: ADR," MSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, October 11, 2016
  • Co-Author, Child Support (chapter on child support law in Minnesota), Family Law Financial Deskbook, 2016 Update, Minnesota CLE, 2016
  • Panel Moderator - Challenges of Today's Increased Diversity of Court Participants: Perspectives from the Bench on Cross-Cultural Challenges and Representing Clients in Court, panel discussion with Ramsey County Judges, Ramsey County Bar Association, CLE, June 24, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, How to Succesfully Collect Fees From Clients, Hennepin County Bar Association, CLE, November 9, 2016
  • Author, Chapter 4 - Commencing the Dissolution Proceeding, Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook with eFormbook, First Edition (Editors Rodman & Moberg), MN CLE, 2015
  • Panel Member, Dealing with Difficult Lawyers, Clients and Judges, MN CLE New Lawyer Experience, July 7, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Webcast - Advanced Family Law Series: When Corporate Equity Interests are Marital Assets - Treatment in Divorce, MN CLE, June 29, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, How to Handle a Divorce in Minnesota, Managing the Early Stages of Divorce, MN CLE, August 27, 2015
  • Panel Member, 10th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute, Diversity Panel, MN CLE, April 17, 2014
  • Co-presenter, Family Law Financial Deskbook Seminar, MN CLE, May 16, 2014
  • Co-Author, Child Support (Chapter 1), Family Law Financial Deskbook, Stephen G. Dennis ed., 2nd edition, Minnesota CLE, April 2014
  • Co-Presenter, "Important Family Law Considerations in Criminal Cases," 48th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, Minnesota CLE, August 26, 2013
  • Panel Member, Pioneers in the Law: Latino Lawyers, Minnesota CLE Webinar, June 24, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, 2013 Family Law Institute, Elimination of Bias Panel: Working with Family Law Clients from Diverse Cultures, Minnesota CLE, March 19, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, 2013 Family Law Institute, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Basics, Minnesota CLE, March 20, 2013 
  • Co-presenter, Dealing with Difficult Lawyers, Clients and Judges, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, July 19, 2012
  • Co-presenter, MLM: Creating a Business Plan for a New or Small Firm, National Webinar, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co., April 26, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Basics, Minnesota CLE, June 1, 2012
  • Co-presenter, Cocktail Party Law, Quick Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask,  2012 Real Estate Institute, MN CLE, November 10, 2012
  • Co-Author, Child Support (Chapter 1), Family Law Financial Deskbook (Stephen G. Dennis ed., 1st edition 2008, 2009 and 2012 update), Minnesota CLE, 2008, 2009 and 2012
  • Co-presenter, Family Law Financial Matters, panel discussion on the 2012 Child Support Update for the Family Law Financial Deskbook and panel discussion on Common Financial Mistakes that Family Lawyers make in Divorce cases, MN CLE, May 17, 2012
  • Co-presenter, How to Start and Build a Succesful Practice, How do I get Clients?, panel, MN CLE March 20, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012
  • Co-presenter, Highlights of the Family Law Institute 2011, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice, MN CLE, August 17, 2011
  • Co-presenter, MLM: Getting Paid Ethically - Top Billing Systems and Tips For Avoiding Billing Problems, National Webinar, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co., October 28, 2011
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in A Marriage Dissolution, eWatch, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Volume 17, Issue 2, Summer 2006
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in a Marriage Dissolution, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Forum, Vol. 16, No. 1, Summer 2007
  • Co-Author, Creative Solutions from Practitioners in Dealing with Real Property Issues and the Increase in Drafting Language to Deal with the Possibility of Foreclosures in J&Ds, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Forum, Vol. 19, No. 1, Winter 2010/11
  • Co-Presenter, Family Law and the New Bankruptcy Reform Act, Bankruptcy Seminar, Minnesota CLE, May 2006
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support and Spousal Maintenance, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders, Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention, June  2008 and 2009
  • Co-presenter, Quick Answers to the Legal Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask You at Cocktail Parties, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, July 8, 2010
  • Co-presenter, Quick Answers to the Legal Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask You at Cocktail Parties, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, January 26, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Introduction to Family Law, The Basics of Child Support, MN CLE, January 19, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice, Family Law Institute, MN CLE, March 28-29, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Creative Solutions For Dealing With Real Estate Issues Arising From The Downturn In The Real Estate Market And Material Changes To The Mortgage Qualification Process, Ramsey County Bar Association, Family Law Section, May 25, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Immigration Issues in Family Law Cases, Webinar, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, June 8, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, B.A., Political Science, With honors, 1991
Office Location for Lymari J. Santana

100 South Fifth Street
2100 Fifth Street Towers
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-200-2822

 

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Last Updated: 11/22/2016

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