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Thomas William Tuft

Family Attorney at Maplewood, MN

1.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%

  3. Family
    25%
    Representing individuals needing legal services involving family issues--divorce, paternity, adoption, child custody, child support, etc.

    31 years

  4. Mediation
    25%
    Assisting parties in family law matters to reach resolution of their issues through mediation or neutral evaluation

    19 years

Thomas Tuft, a native of the Saint Paul, is a partner at Tuft & Lach, PLLC practicing primarily in family law. Mr. Tuft practices in all areas of family law, including complex divorce, child support, paternity, and child custody with an emphasis on interstate and international child custody cases. He has been a SuperLawyer® since 2002 and has been named one of the Top 40 Family Law SuperLawyers in Minnesota since 2006. He has been named to the list of Top 100 Superlawyers in Minnesota since 2006 and the Best Lawyers in America®. He is rated AV (the highest possible rating in both ethics and legal skills) by Martindale-Hubbell one of the nation’s oldest and most respected attorney listings. He is a member of the ABA, MSBA, RCBA, is a Fellow and current President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers — Minnesota Chapter, and is a past chair of the Second District Ethics Committee. He writes and speaks on the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, law practice management, and legal ethics.

Location

Thomas William Tuft
2109 Co Rd D E
Maplewood, MN, 55109-5444

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible and profit-focused, not client focused
I hired Tom for a family court case as it appeared he would be a top lawyer from their website. I found the actual experience with Tom and his paralegal, Tammy, to be very poor. Tom was terrible in court at a trial, arrived unprepared, and routinely made back door deals with opposing counsel without my consent or knowledge. He also spent more time watching his payment rather than preparing for his cases. His paralegal was very unprofessional as well. When I switched to a different attorney, who happened to be less expensive than Tom, I started winning in court and receiving favorable rulings. Steer clear of this firm as unfortunately they have become more money focused rather than advocating for their clients.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Be Aware
I had a horrific experience with Tom Tuft as my attorney. Attorneys should protect their clients-that was not the case with Tom Tuft. Despite numerous and repeated requests to Tom Tuft to consult with me prior to making decisions regarding my case, Tom Tuft acted and made decisions in numerous instances without consulting me. Tom Tuft was terrible with respect to communications--he routinely failed to return phone calls and emails, failed to forward emails regarding my case to me, and discussed strategy with opposing counsel without my knowledge or prior approval. More importantly, Tom Tuft disclosed personal information about me without my knowledge or approval on numerous occasions. When I requested that Tom Tuft communicate with me prior to making decisions and requested that a portion of my bill be discounted due to the many errors he'd made, Tom Tuft abruptly withdrew as my counsel--without even providing the courtesy of a phone call or any explanation for his actions. Nightmare.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Tuft & Lach, PLLC
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Minnesota
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Application of Salah
  • Trial court was reversed.

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-MN Chapter
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2001 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
  • Past Officer and Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-MN Chapter
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Second District Ethics Committee (Ramsey County)
  • Chair
  • 2002 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • List of Top 100 Superlawyers in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • List of Top 40 Family Law Superlawyers in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • A/V Top Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • LIst of Top 100 Superlawyers in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • A/V (Top Rating)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • List of Top 40 Family Law Superlawyers in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • List of Top 100 Superlawyers
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • A/V (Top Rating)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • List of Top 40 Family Law Superlawyers in Minnesota
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2003
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Conference Chair
  • Annual Conference of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-MN
  • 2008
  • Conference Chair
  • Annual Conference of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-MN
  • 2007
  • Minnesota Child Custody and Support Deskbook CLE
  • Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues
  • 2006
  • 26th Annual Family Law Institute
  • Productivity, Profitability, and Paralegals in Your Family Law Practice
  • 2005
  • Custody Issues: An Overview of Child Custody Law in Minnesota
  • Custody Issues: An Overview of Child Custody Law in Minnesota
  • 2002
  • Taming the Beast: The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
  • Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
  • 2000
  • Interstate Enforcement of Child Support and Child Custody Orders
  • Interstate Enforcement of Child Support and Child Custody Orders
  • 2000
  • Children's Records Law in Minnesota: Medical and Mental Health Records
  • Children's Records Law in Minnesota: Medical and Mental Health Records
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
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Endorse Thomas
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Tom without reservation. He is competent and collegial."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom has handled many of my family law matters as a mediator (and in the role as an Early Neutral Evaluator as well). He has a great approach to helping people reach resolutions in even the most difficult cases."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Tuft is one of the brightest, most dedicated lawyers I know. Tom has an excellent reputation for his professionalism, skill and contributions to the community. I do not hesitate to endorse Tom Tuft."
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Maplewood Family Lawyer Thomas William Tuft
Thomas William Tuft
Family Attorney
Maplewood, MN
Licensed for 30 years