Maren Minnaert Lively

Top rated Family Law attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jones Gotcher
Maren Minnaert Lively
Jones Gotcher

Practice Areas: Family Law, General Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Oklahoma since: 2004

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2018

Jones Gotcher

15 East Fifth Street
Suite 3800
Tulsa, OK 74103 Visit website


Attorney Maren Minnaert Lively is a shareholder with Jones Gotcher Attorneys & Counselors in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nationally ranked as among the leading lawyers in the country, Ms. Lively focuses her practice primarily on family law, and she provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout the greater Tulsa metro and surrounding areas who are going through a divorce or need assistance with some other important legal issue affecting their families.

Along with handling all aspects of the divorce process, Ms. Lively has extensive experience handling adoptions and other domestic relations matters, and she delivers invaluable guidance and counsel regarding estate planning and probate, guardianships and other similar issues. A talented trial attorney, she has also handled numerous appeals, and she offers effective mediation services to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements in the most efficient and affordable fashion possible.

Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Ms. Lively maintains an unwavering focus on protecting her clients' rights and best interests at all turns, and she works hard to help ensure her clients obtain the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and legal abilities, she has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers

Among her other accolades, Ms. Lively has received a Top 40 Under 40 designation from Oklahoma Magazine as well as designation as among the Top 1% of America's Most Honored Professionals. Moreover, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys has voted her a Top 10 Under 40, and she has the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

A 2001 top female graduate of Oklahoma State University and Truman Scholar National Finalist, Ms. Lively attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as senior articles and notes editor for The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2004, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leader in her legal community, Ms. Lively has served as chair of various sections and committees of the Tulsa County Bar Association, and she has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of legal topics. She is also an active member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations, among her other professional affiliations.

Devoted to her local community as well, Ms. Lively volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Green Country, and she provides selfless pro bono work through Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, General Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Father's Rights, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Litigation, Living Wills, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Power of Attorney, Prenuptial Agreements, Probate & Estate Administration, Restraining Order, Same Sex Family Law, Trusts, Wills

  • 70% Family Law
  • 20% General Litigation
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 2004, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage:

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%, 2016-2019
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Under 40, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Attorney – Judicial Edition by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2011, 2017-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Family Lawyer, 2015
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Client Satisfaction, 2014
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010, 2012-2014, 2017-2018
  • State-wide selection of family law attorneys, 10 Best in Oklahoma, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • State-wide selection., Top 10 Attorneys, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Selected by state-wide magazine, Oklahoma's Top 40 Under 40, Oklahoma Magazine, 2018
  • Based on reviews by fellow attorneys and judges, AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • National Truman Award Finalist, National Truman Award Finalist, Truman Awards, 2000
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Board Member, 2009, 2012, Mentoring Committee – Chair, 2009, Nominations and Award Committee, Family Law Section, Chair, 2017, Law Day Committee 
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Family Law, Law Schools Committee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2005
  • United States Supreme Court, 2014
  • 2009-2010: Chair of Mentoring Committee
  • Oklahoma, 2004
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court, 2004
  • 2004-Present: Member of Tulsa County Bar Association (Family Law and Probate & Estate Planning Sections)
  • 2014-Present TCBA Awards & Nominations Committee
  • 2004-Present: Member of Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 2010-2013: Member of Pro Bono Committee
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alzheimer’s Association Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Green Country
  • 2010-2013: Member of Tulsa County Pro Bono Committee
  • 2009-Present: Volunteer with Legal Aid of Eastern Oklahoma
Educational Background:
  • Oklahoma State University, Double-Major in Economics and Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 2001, Top Ten University Graduating Seniors, Truman Scholar National Finalist, Top Female Graduate from College of Arts & Sciences, Top Female Political Science Graduate  
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author of Tax Commission’s Wish List Enacted, published in State Tax Notes, July 28, 2003
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology, published in The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Vol. IV, No. 1, Fall 2002
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2004, Senior Articles and Notes Editor, The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
  • Contributing member of the Hall Estill Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter, 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Professor teaching family law to second and third year law students at the University of Tulsa College of Law., Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law, 2013
  • Author of Grandparental Visitation: In a Child’s Best Interest?, published in The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 82, No. 20, August 6, 2011, Author, "Grandparental Visitation: In a Child’s Best Interest?", The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 82, No. 20, August 6, 2011, Family Law, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Grandparental Visitation: Generations of Competing Interests," Continuing Legal Education, Oklahoma Bar Association, March 2012, Grandparental Visitation: Generations of Competing Interests, Family Law Practitioners
  • Lecturer, “The Legalities of Negotiating and Executing Contracts,” Oklahoma State University, September 2011 and February 2012
  • Lecturer, “Realities of Practicing Law,” University of Tulsa School of Law, April 2009
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Oklahoma Certified Collaborative Law Professional

Office location for Maren Minnaert Lively

15 East Fifth Street
Suite 3800
Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: 918-581-8200


5 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2018

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