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I am a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC and a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.  I practice in all areas of family law, including complex property valuation and division, contested child custody matters, spousal maintenance, child support issues, and antenuptial agreements.  I'm trained in arbitration, as well as mediation.  I am a Financial Early Neutral Evaluator for the Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Washington, and Dakota County District Court Early Neutral Evaluation Programs.

I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the Minnesota Delegate to the National Board of Governors.  I am a member of the National Family and Conciliation Courts.  I am a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the AAML, and I currently sit on its Board of Managers.  I have been consistently named one of the Top 40 Family Law SuperLawyers® in Minnesota by my peers, and have also been named to the list of top 100 SuperLawyers® in Minnesota as well as the top 100 Women Attorneys in Minnesota.  I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 15 years, and am listed in Leading American Attorneys, Who's Who in American Law, and International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women.  I have lectured on topics related to family law through state and local bar associations in both Minnesota and Colorado, as well as nationally for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. I am also an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell School of Law, teaching family law.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%



Hourly ($300-410/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek, & O'Connell

2109 East County Road D
Maplewood, MN, 55109-5444


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2005
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2004
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2003
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2003
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2002
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2002
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2001
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2001
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2000
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2000
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1999
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1999
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1998
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1998
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1997
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1997
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1996
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1996
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1995
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1995
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1994
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America1993
Top 100 Women Super LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
RecognizedWho's Who in American Law -MarquisN/A
RecognizedLeading American AttorneysN/A
RecognizedMinnesota Law and Leading AttorneysN/A
Who's Who in Family LawMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderTuft & Lach, PLLC2011 - Present
ShareholderMesserli & Kramer1995 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Women LawyersAdvisory BoardN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Minnesota chapter)Board MemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Briefs, McMillian PublicationPrenuptial Agreements1995
Trial MagazineChild Support Guidelines: Just the Start of Good Trial Advocacy1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of MinnesotaN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Spring 2011 CLE ConferenceCustody Litigation: Does Evidence Matter in the Custody Case? Knowing and Using the Rules2011
32nd Annual Family Law InstituteHow to Cross-Examine Parties and Experts in Divorce Trials2011