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Named the 2015 Minneapolis Area Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, Dan O’Connell has been guiding clients through the legal system for 30 years. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”. He helps his clients overcome the fear and uncertainty of divorce. He works hard to help his clients achieve a fair and amicable settlement, but if there is not a fair settlement to be had, Mr. O’Connell is a skilled trial attorney who will take the case to trial.

He helps clients make marriage dissolution decisions out of their highest aspirations instead of their worst fears and impulses. Dan is also a licensed CPA, so is able to understand, negotiate, and litigate complex financial and tax issues, business valuations, retirement, executive compensation, intellectual property, and other business issues, as well as non-marital asset issues. He has handled pre-marital and post-marital agreements, as well as cohabitation agreements. He represents clients in child custody, parenting time, grandparent visitation, and third-party custody/parenting time matters.

Dan’s calming demeanor and empathetic manner help him assist clients and lawyers toward amicable and dignified resolutions through ADR. He is also named by Best Lawyers in America for Family Law Mediation. Dan has been appointed by the courts to act as a neutral evaluator in dozens of cases involving financial issues and custody and parenting time issues. He is an arbitrator and CSM (private judge). He is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a member of the Collaborative Law Institute and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is immediate past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the AAML. Dan practices law regularly in Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, and Dakota counties, but has had cases in many other counties throughout Minnesota.

He mediates both civil law and family law disputes. He has represented lawyers, doctors, dentists and other professionals in licensing and ethics matters for over twenty-five years.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
  2. Divorce: 30%
  3. Ethics: 10%



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Contact info

Tuft Lach Jerabek & O'Connell PLLC

2109 County Road D East
Maplewood, MN, 55109


MNAuthorized to practice198106/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuperLawyers2016
Lawyer of the year for Family Law Mediation Minneapolis areaBest Lawyers in America2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuper Lawyers2015
Minneapolis Area Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”Best Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuper Lawyers2014
North Star LawyerMinnesota State Bar Association2014
Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuper Lawyers2012
Distinguished Humanitarian Service AwardRamsey County Bar Association2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderTuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell2015 - Present
Partnercollins buckley sauntry & haugh1990 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2007 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of MinnesotaMember2004 - Present
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMember1992 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember1991 - Present
Minnesota Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
Minnesota Society of Certified Public AccountantsMember1979 - Present
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMember1979 - Present
Academy of Family MediatorsMemberN/A
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public AccountantsMemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- Minnesota ChapterPresident2011 - 2013
Minnesota State Bar AssociationAssembly2003 - 2006
Minnesota State Bar AssociationCouncil2003 - 2006
Ramsey County Bar AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
Ramsey County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2000 - 2001
Minnesota State Bar AssociationAssembly1991 - 1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of St. ThomasAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1977