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Jennifer Lee Novelli

Family Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

4.5   26 reviews

also known as J. Lee Novelli

  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 19 years
    New York - NY 24 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2004
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Licensed Attorney since 2000 with substantial experience in the area of family law. High premium on ethical practices, rigorous representation and responsive advocacy.

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Novelli Law Office, P.A.
150 South Fifth Street
Suite 1320
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Complete Rock Star
Lee is such a rock star! Absolutely wonderful to work with. To name specifics - she explained my options, was very thorough and strategic. She listened to me and heard me and worked with me towards with my goals while guiding me if she thought I wouldn't win or it was not worth the legal fees, etc. She is actually direct and speedy as well. So grateful to have her on my side in court. I felt taken care of and that my case had the best chance with all the work she did. It couldn't have gone better. Highly recommend her.
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Posted by Daniel | January 25, 2022
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A true professional
I switched counsel mid divorce, to Ms Novelli. This proved to be the right move because this is where my divorce took a turn for the better and the truth came out. Ms Novelli was a steady, strong and decisive voice during this tough time. Her attention to detail, true knowledge of my file and calculated approach was invaluable to a fair, favorable result. I highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2021
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Lee is smart, measured, and thoughtful in her representation. I’m so glad I selected her to help me. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2021
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Ms. Novelli
She implemented my wishes in a most caring and objective way. Always explained my options, the potential consequences of each option both legally and on a personal basis based on her years of experience.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
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Lee and her team were absolutely amazing. Extremely professional, quick to respond, and highly knowledgeable. I presented a difficult situation and she took it on with a positive, clear, and educated perspective. I received numerous recommendations from other lawyers in the Minneapolis market that she is one of the best family law attorneys. I’m glad I listened to them. You can’t go wrong with selecting her for you representation.
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Posted by Niv | June 30, 2018
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Exceptional Counsel
I was meeting with family practice lawyers in order to find the one who could represent me in my case. After I met Lee, it was very clear to me that she was the one. She is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and honest. When I approached her, I was not sure of my next steps. She guided me and educated me on my options. She was patient and clear in her communication. She advised me on any course of action that was unnecessary so that I do not end up spending more. She was mindful and sensitive towards my state of being. I feel very fortunate that Lee represented me and helped me get through a very difficult time. She is a very strategic, detailed orientated and a confident lawyer. I 100% recommend her.
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Posted by Shannon | April 12, 2017
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Excellent, caring counsel
Lee was always professional, and put the needs of my kids first in all things. She worked tirelessly to find a productive custody and assets division for my divorce, and was extremely responsive to my questions about the process. She is very knowledgeable, and clearly really cares about her clients and their families. I would recommend her without reservation to anyone seeking an excellent family lawyer.
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Posted by Kathleen | October 10, 2016
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Highly recommend Lee!
I could not be happier to recommend Lee Novelli. She has represented me twice during a very difficult divorce and an order of protection. Lee was extremely professional and knowledgeable of the legal system. She was compassionate and available at all times to answer my questions. I am forever grateful that I had Lee on my side during this difficult time. I highly recommend Lee without hesitation.
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Posted by George | September 27, 2016
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HIghly Recommend
First and foremost excellent communicator! Lee has expert knowledge of judiciary system and court. Her lead and suggestions allowed me to complete my case in a timely manner and a positive outcome. I highly recommend Lee as a family matters attorney. I am grateful for the chance to be working with Lee and her staff. Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
Experienced, Knowledgeable, and Professional
Lee's clear understanding of my legal issues and deep experience was very encouraging and reinforcing for me. She has a strong sense of strategy and her professionalism was superb. I was impressed by her team's efficiency and by Lee's responsiveness.
Posted by Kirra | July 22, 2015
Beyond happy
Mrs. Lee Novelli and Brigid helped me with some very important issues in my life they were there every step of the way they helped me and my life and were extremely professional yet supportive as well and I recammend them without reservation and will go back to them if I ever need to in the future I could go on and on they are very knowledgable as well and make a extra effort and go out of there way to get things done! I am very, extremely pleased with them!
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Posted by Daniel | March 12, 2015
Extremely Great Family Lawyer
My mind is at peace and confident BECAUSE of Ms. Novelli’s incredible work and effort on my behalf. Through a very emotional, personal, matter Lee was instrumental in guiding me through the details involved and the choices/responsibilities I had to make decisions about. With a deep sense of empathy, she presented all the information I had needed in a clear, informative way. Speaking English to me in a land of Legaleze which is SO greatly appreciated. Going into this situation, MY mind was scattered, naïve and chaotic. With Lee Novelli’s representation, creating a sense of direction, confidence and security, I am through these difficult choices and in a secure, positive place.
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Posted by Danielle | January 27, 2014
Excellent Representation
Lee provided me with excellent representation during a complicated, highly emotional custody negotiation. Lee staunchly refused to participate in character assassinations, petty arguments and antagonistic measures (all while taking the brunt of the opposing sides' fully vested commitment to that approach) - always kept my son's best interests front of mind and provided firm but gentle guidance throughout the whole process. She kept me well informed, returned calls/emails promptly, and was always honest with what she thought was the best option. Lee is not reactionary, and takes careful, measured action to ensure her clients interests are protected. She is smart, strategic, well spoken and highly committed to her clients. I would highly recommend Lee for anyone dealing with divorce/custody/domestic support issues. She's the best out there.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2013
Family Law
Handled a very complicated divorce and custody case like she does it every day. She is very smart and an excellent strategist. What impressed me most was her ability to handle all aspects of family law from dealing with the parenting consultant to finances. She made it clear what is happening every step of the way and educated me so I could give input and be part of the process. She has a high degree of integrity and represented me in a professional, respectful, and dignified manner, which made her dealing with opposing counsel that much more effective and successful.
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Posted by LMP | August 6, 2013
Highly recommended!
Ms. Novelli was incredibly helpful and made the entire process easy for me. I highly recommend her and know that you will have the same positive experience I did. Very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by Kate | December 4, 2012
Great Lawyer!
I retained Lee Novelli as my lawyer to handle my divorce. Throughout the whole process, she kept me up to date on what was happening, met all deadlines, informed me of all of my options, was very responsive to any questions or urgent matters, and was understanding and compassionate as we went through the divorce proceedings. I felt confident that she would handle things in a professional, equitable and efficient manner. I trusted that my case was important and well taken care of, and I appreciated the guidance that Lee provided to get through difficult decisions, always keeping my best interests in mind. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Christine | November 5, 2012
An Excellent Family Attorney
Lee represented me in a very complex divorce and child custody matter and she managed to remain thoroughly informed of the countless moving details. She was highly responsive and kept me informed every step of the way, which alleviated some anxiety. She was professional and always thoroughly prepared. Each legal step was well thought through and considered. Lee fought for my rights as a parent and regarding the dissolution issues while always asserting the best interest factors of my two young children. She never “padded” her hours and was efficient. Aside from being an excellent attorney, I respect her ethics and the strategic approach to my case. I would look to Lee if I needed legal advice in the future. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Jo | November 4, 2012
Top-notch lawyer
I had a divorce that was complicated by a spouse who was in the military, serving overseas. Lee Novelli did not stumble at all when it came to dealing with those issues. She is very knowledgeable about family law and I was happy to find out that she knew what to do when it came to dealing with my military/international divorce. I could not have asked for a better lawyer to be on my side. Her knowledge and compassion is unparalleled and I felt much better having her on my side, protecting my interests. Her sage advice along the entire process, gave me peace of mind and I knew I couldn’t be in better hands. I would not hesitate to recommend her to a friend or family member in need of a top-notch lawyer. Lee Novelli is a true blessing.
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Posted by Ron | October 28, 2012
I highly recommend Lee!
I was referred to Lee by a friend of mine that used her for his divorce. He was referred to Lee by his girlfriend (now wife) that is a lawyer and she also used Lee for her divorce. I felt confident in Lee's ability based on those 2 referrals. I used 2 other attorneys prior to retaining Lee with little to no success. Had I hired Lee sooner, my divorce would have been finalized much quicker and far cheaper than it was. I have since referred Lee to 2 of my friends and they have had their manners resolved quickly and successfully. The thing I liked most about Lee is she had my best interests in mind. I highly recommend Lee Novelli.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2012
Very Satisfied with Lee Novelli
Lee Novelli is a very fine attorney. She is knowledgable, sensitive to the issues, and gives sound, practical advice on what can/should be done. We think very highly of her and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Owner and Attorney at Law
  • Novelli Law Office, P.A.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Binder Law Offices, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Kathleen M. Newman + Associates, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • M. Sue Wilson Law Offices, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2009
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  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Stowell v. Stowell, 2012 WL 5476131
  • Appellant's requests were denied and the Court remanded the issue of security for spousal maintenance.
  • Chopp v. Chopp, 2011 WL 6141601
  • Reversed and remanded
  • Hanratty v. Hanratty, 2011 WL 891178
  • The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's order denying father's request to terminate his child support obligation.
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  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Program Co-Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Norwegian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011


Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute 2012
  • The Top 10 Cases All Advanced Family Lawyers Should Know
  • 2012
  • Divorce in Tough Economic Times
  • Business Valuations in a Down Economy
  • 2009
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