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With cross-training in law and social work, Marian E. Saksena brings a unique set of skills to her family and juvenile law practice.  Prior to entering private practice, Marian served as a guardian ad litem and worked as a staff attorney with Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.  Marian remains committed to promoting children’s well-being as she advises and advocates for clients in a wide variety of family and juvenile law matters (e.g., paternity, third party custody, child support, dissolution, domestic abuse, CHIPS & adoption) in both state and tribal courts.  She served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Rules Committee and is the past chair of the MSBA Children and the Law Section.  Additionally, she teaches CLEs and devotes time to various volunteer projects.


In addition to representing private clients, Ms. Saksena provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services.  These services include mediation, early neutral evaluation, and parenting time expediting (PTE).  Ms. Saksena is on the Minnesota State Court Administrator's roster of qualified neutrals pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Mediation: 35%
  3. Juvenile: 15%



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC

310 4th Avenue South
Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN, 55415


MNAuthorized to practice199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/AttorneyDeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC2014 - Present
Attorney/OwnerSaksena Law, LLC2014 - Present
Attorney/ShareholderWalling, Berg & Debele, PA2005 - 2014
AttorneyFredrikson & Byron2002 - 2004
Staff AttorneyChildren's Law Center of Minnesota1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLEChild Protection QuickSheet2014
Hennepin LawyerThe Intersection of Rising College Costs and Changes in Family Law2010
Solving the Most Difficult Problems in Divorce CasesThe Interplay of Child Protection and Divorce2009
Hennepin LawyerJudicial Profile: Judge Jay Quam2007
William Mitchell Law ReviewOut-of-Home Placements for Abused, Neglected, and Dependent Children in Minnesota: A Historical Perspective2006
The Minnesota Custody and Child Support DeskbookRepresenting Children in Family Court2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 Family Law InstituteSeven Things Family Lawyers Should Know About Child Protection (plenary session and breakout session); co-presented with the Hon. Anne McKeig2014
IAML Hague Symposium for Japanese DelegatesMaking Children’s Voices Heard in International Child Abduction Cases: Role of GAL and Children’s Counsel2012
WebcastCollege Costs for Children of Divorce2011
Indian Child Welfare Law Center SymposiumICWA and Third Party Custody2010
In-Service Training for The Family Partnership (formerly Family & Children's Service)Intersection of Family Law and Mental Health Services2010
Children’s Legal Services TrainingRepresenting Youth in ICWA Cases2010
Minnesota Legal Services Coalition TrainingThird Party Custody2009
2009 Family Law InstituteThere's No Place Like Home: Permanency Options for Foster Children2009
2009 Annual Conference: Building Pathways for Children in a Changing WordPreparing for and Testifying in Court: A Primer for Guardians ad Litem2009
Minnesota Custody and Child SupportRepresenting Children in Family Court2006
Children's Records Law in MinnesotaJuvenile Protection and Juvenile Delinquency Records2006
Emerging and Innovative Ideas in Juvenile Law: Celebrating 100 Years of Juvenile Courts in MinnesotaIssues Relating to Minority Children in Delinquency and Child Protection Proceedings2005
Minnesota State Bar Association Children and the Law SectionAdoption Rules 1012004
Minnesota State Bar AssociationBest Interests of the Child and Alternative Caregiving Arrangements2004
2004 Family Law InstituteWhen Parents Can't Parent Their Children: Third-Party Custody, CHIPS Proceedings, De Facto Custodians, Guardianships and Adoption2004
MSBA Children and the Law SectionUniform Parentage Act Task Force Report: Adoption, Paternity and Assisted Reproductive Technology2002
Minnesota Supreme Court Media OrientationOpen Child Protection Proceedings (Panel Member)2002
MILE Juvenile Law SeminarLegal Rights of Children: Fact or Fiction2002
Child Abuse Prevention StudiesImproving Outcomes for State Wards2000
CLC Volunteer Lawyer TrainingRepresenting Youth In Foster Care1999