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Scott Michael Rodman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 19 years
    New York - NY 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

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

About Scott

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Scott M. Rodman is a shareholder with Arnold & Rodman PA. Mr. Rodman’s practice focuses exclusively on family law, including but not limited to divorce, custody, child support, spousal maintenance, interstate and international divorce and child custody, Hague Convention and non-Hague parental child abduction, parental child abduction prevention, third-party custody and visitation,antenuptial (pre-nuptial) agreements, adoption and appeals.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Rodman received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1999, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002. Prior to joining Arnold, Rodman & Pletcher, PLLC, Mr. Rodman practiced family law with Tuft & Arnold, PLLC.

Mr. Rodman was previously an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University where he taught Business Law to undergraduate students.  Mr. Rodman is also a frequent lecturer at legal seminars both nationally and in Minnesota and has served on the Planning Committee for the Family Law Institute in 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Rodman is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Facilitative Mediation by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In addition, he has received extensive training in both Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) and Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE). Mr. Rodman was also selected to receive specialized training in international custody and parental abduction mediation at the American Bar Association in Washington, DC.  Mr. Rodman was appointed by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as one of four attorneys on the Ramsey County Early Case Management/Early Neutral Evaluation Steering Committee, and has continued this work through the Ramsey County Low Fee Custody Evaluation program committee. Mr. Rodman was further appointed to serve on the SENE Best Practices Subcommittee and was selected as a SENE provider on the Ramsey County SENE roster of approved providers.

Mr. Rodman is also the Editor of the forthcoming Divorce Practice Deskbook, to be published by Minnesota CLE in August 2015.

Mr. Rodman has been named a Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine for 2014 and 2015, a distinction given to 5% of attorneys, and was previously named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers.com and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine for every year from 2007 to 2013, a distinction given to 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Rodman served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Cara Lee Neville in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Admitted to practice law in both New York and Minnesota, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, and he co-founded an organization to promote positive collegiality and cooperation among family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. Mr. Rodman serves on the Membership Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Mr. Rodman volunteers with the Safety Project at Chrysalis, a program devoted to providing pro bono representation for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Mr. Rodman also volunteers his time to the Chrysalis/Tubman Law Clinic and the Hennepin County Limited Scope Legal Services Project, where he previously served as Co-Chair.

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Location

Arnold & Rodman PA
2626 East 82nd Street
Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN, 55425

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Posted by Jesiah | June 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Scott was my attorney for a divorce that got very messy. Among other things, my ex-wife attempted to relocate my daughter to another city, had me served with a frivolous restraining order, and tried to have our parenting consultant removed after our divorce. Throughout all of this, Scott provided excellent representation and guidance. Early in the case, he laid out a roadmap for how I would be able to maintain involvement in my daughter’s life and protect her interests. He showed me how I would be at serious risk of losing parenting time with my daughter if I did not make the right choices. As the divorce progressed, things went as Scott predicted, and I now have a custody and parenting time arrangement that is great for both my daughter and me. Scott was never rattled by anything he encountered with my case. He has deep knowledge of Minnesota family law, and he had a strategic approach to every situation we faced. He gave me wise advice and encouraged me to take the high road. He was highly professional and ethical, and he helped me minimize my legal costs. I can tell that he cares about helping his clients, not just getting the job done. Another thing I appreciated was that Scott tries to avoid litigation whenever possible. He prefers to settle things through mediation or direction negotiation, and he avoids pointless conflict. However, when my ex-wife took aggressive actions against me, Scott gave strong responses and forced her to back down. He tries to keep things amicable, but he is not afraid to take a strong stance when necessary. We had only a single court hearing, when my ex-wife attempted to have our parenting consultant removed after the divorce. Scott gave compelling oral arguments and helped the judge see our perspective, even though she initially was inclined to grant my ex-wife’s request. She ruled in our favor after the hearing, and there is no doubt that Scott’s courtroom arguments were key to that outcome. I feel very fortunate to have worked with Scott in my divorce. I could not have asked for a better outcome, and Scott’s representation and advice are what made it possible. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney.
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Posted by Jeffrey | July 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sensitive, succinct, holistic
I had a very difficult family law issue regarding my ex-spouse's ongoing parenting plan violations and documented parental alienation efforts on my daughter. I had spent years working w/ past attorneys and family therapists to help ameliorate some of the more destructive effects of my kids' mother's behavior. The clock was running out quickly for any type of legally enforceable remedies - family therapy or otherwise. Scott promptly assessed my case via his legal assistant and decided that I had run out of legal remedies. I still needed more info so I scheduled a paid consultation. When we finally met, Scott immediately cut to the chase and in just a few minutes gave me a complete and definitive legal prognosis about winning any additional legal action or even getting my daughter into any type of reunification therapy. Zippo chance. I had previously spent thousands working w/ another attorney just trying to get this answered. Scott correctly perceived that our family issues were far more than legal. He spent the remaining 45-50 minutes of our 1 hour consult giving me some of the best family therapy advice I ever had. He had seen a lot of parental alienation cases and understood the long-term affect on adolescents and parents. He was empathetic. He understood the big picture. I would go so far as to say that single session was transformative. I so wish I had found him at the beginning of my divorce. With Scott, I knew I would have definitely gotten what I paid for. For all who read this, please be aware that for many going through a divorce, you get one chance to do it right. After that, you can nibble at the edges w/ some modifications but if you don't have a competent attorney fighting for you from the start, you could get utterly steamrollered. I spent more on legal fees trying to enforce a court order drawn up by my original "econo-lawyer" then I did for the original divorce. Scott knew what I needed and not only did he not try to sell me more futile legal services, he even waived the consult fee. His generosity of time, counsel and spirit made him stand out head and shoulders w/ any other family attorney I worked with over the past 7 years.
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Posted by Cyrus | October 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Personalable, Reliable
I knew exactly what I wanted out of my divorce and needed help understanding the best approach to complete the proceedings in a way that allowed both parties to be fair. Mr. Rodman understood my goals and helped me achieve them. His advice always took into account my goals and my legal rights. He worked "with me", not "for me". At all times, I felt like I was dealing directly with a person who had my best interests at heart and understood the objective. I highly recommend Mr. Rodman. He is a man of integrity and skilled at getting to the heart of the issue, resolving it to a successful conclusion.
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Posted by Aaron | September 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Unbelievably Goff Attorney
Scott is simply a fantastic lawyer. He is unfailing honest, and advocated for me in every way. While any lawyer can tell his client what he wants to hear, what distinguishes Scott is when he told me what I did not want to hear. He was completely honest with me in every aspect of my case whether things were going well or not. My case lasted almost three years. There were a lot of ups and downs. There where a lot of things that made uncomfortable, but when those issues were present, Scott and his team surrounded me with help and excellent advice. The result? I could not have asked for anything better. As a man going through the family law system, I can truly say that Scott never misled me, and earned my complete and total trust. I recommend him to anyone who needs a fair, honest and excellent advocate .
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Scott Rodman- Divorce Attorney
Mr. Rodman was able to strike the delicate balance between professionalism and compassion for me as a client. From the our first consultation to the reaching a final judgment and decree, Mr. Rodman was consistent in working towards a settle that was in my best interest. I always felt informed and update to date on developments in my case. My concerns were listened to and respected. He or his staff promptly returned my phone calls or emails and took care to listen to and answer my questions. Mr. Rodman and his staff understood my anxieties and were both kind and professional in reaching a positive settlement in my case. I am happy with the result and have moved on with my life thanks to his diligent work and professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service.
I learned about Scott from another satisfied client. He (and his staff) did an excellent job for my child custody case from beginning to end. I didn't really know what to expect, but I cannot imagine anyone being able to do a better job. Friendly, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and he really cared about the outcome for me and my children.
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Posted by Allison | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful client
I hired Scott as my divorce attorney several years back and while no one wants to have to get to this place, I was so happy to have him in my corner. He was extremely professional, smart, kind, and sensitive to hardship and feelings that go hand in hand with divorce. Scott was also extremely sensitive to my now ex-husbands feelings as well. Always making sure that we tried to work together and not against one another. He made sure that we went through all avenues good, bad and ugly. He made sure that we were making the right choices for our children and their best interest. He gave me great, solid advice that sometimes I didn't always want to hear, but knew he was absolutely right. I trusted him 100% and still do to this day. He was grossly important in making sure that we used our PC and walked me through all the decisions that were made by them again, even when I didn't like the answer. Scott and his staff were beyond professional and I am absolutely certainly that he always had my best interest in hand. He was timely and efficient, he listened and always gave good sound advice. He always returned my calls, emails, even when he was very busy. He was dedicated and most importantly, I knew that he cared about my case and my family. Divorce can certainly be a nasty, hard and sensitive subject and he helped me, my kids and my now ex-husband get to a place that we didn't really expect when the process started. I would absolutely recommend Scott and his staff. Not only did I have a great attorney, but I also have a really great friend who helped me through one of the toughest times. I am really very grateful for his professionalism, smarts and kindness.
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Posted by Laura | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate, Knowledgeable, Direct and Ethical Legal Advocate
Scott is an outstanding attorney. Scott has assisted me with legal matters since October, 2009. He is both kind and realistic. He has a unique way of speaking the truth and being direct without being harsh. He provides options and resources and has guided me to make appropriate decisions based on my circumstances. He tailors his approach to his clients needs, values and priorities and doesn't have a on-size-fits all mentality. Scott is also very good at listening to my goals and helping me formulate the best strategy to achieve those goals. I met Scott during a very painful, vulnerable chapter in my life, and he was my anchor. He helped me stay grounded and focus on what was most important, my children. He helped me set my own emotions aside and explained my legal options in terms that were easy to understand. He then worked through those options with me and advocated on my behalf. Scott has a no-nonsense approach and an impressive understanding of the law which he is often able to recite at will. :) He was respectful of both my time and resources, and he negotiated a very successful outcome for my case. I recommend Scott without reservation. He is a competent, direct, ethical attorney who really knows the law and will passionately advocate on your behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
child custody
Scott Rodman did an excellent job with my child custody case. He made me feel confident in any issues that arised. I strongly recommend him! He always emailed me back promptly when I had any problems or questions. We came out on top in our case, and got everything I wanted for the outcome. Best attorney by far!
Posted by Angela | January 21, 2013
Scott Rodman - Exceptional Family Law Attorney
Scott Rodman is exceptional. He has been my attorney for 3 1/2 years, through the various trials and tribulations of divorce. I have needed his services off and on during that time due to several issues (divorce settlement, domestic disturbance, parenting time conflicts) with a difficult ex-spouse. Scott is fair and thorough. He does everything he can do, while also taking cost into consideration. He is extremely knowledgeable and gives excellent guidance, yet is supportive of any decisions I choose to make. He knows the ins-and-outs of my case, and I trust him implicitly. Scott is responsive even during his busiest times. To me, most importantly, he is respectful and kind, knowing the emotional toll a divorce can take on an individual and often "talks me down" from arguments with my volatile ex-husband. He takes a personal interest in making sure my son and I are well represented. I am extremely fortunate to have him as my attorney. I highly recommend Scott Rodman.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2011
Fair and Hard Working
Scott took over my case after I was forced to change attorneys due to the collaborative process. Scott has been in my corner and has worked hard to get the best possible outcomes in mediation and when I finally had to go to court over outstanding issues. He was successful in us winning every issue we presented in court. He has never nickel or dimed me like other attorneys do. He also maintains good relationships with the entire legal community which makes working with other attorneys / mediators a positive experience. I would and have recommended Scott to others and will continue to do so.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-295 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Tuft & Arnold, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Cara Lee Neville
  • Hennepin County District Court
  • 2002 - 2003

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • State University of New York at Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Minnesota Chapter)
  • Membership Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota Family Law League
  • Co-Chair and Co-Founder
  • 2006 - Present
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers.com and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers.com and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Oral Argument Champion
  • Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • 2002
  • "Rising Star" Attorney
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Minnesota CLE
  • Divorce Practice Deskbook
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • SMRLS Senior Legal Fair
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • 2008
  • AAML Divorce Camp
  • Facilitator and Planning Committee Member
  • 2008
  • SMRLS Senior Legal Fair
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • 2007
  • AAML Divorce Camp
  • Facilitator and Planning Committee Member
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Scott
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is an excellent and reasonably priced mediator."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is a great lawyer and a great person."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott has an excellent reputation in the legal community and is a great resource for me to call when I have questions. I have referred clients to him in the past and will continue to."
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Minneapolis Divorce and separation Lawyer Scott Michael Rodman
Scott Michael Rodman
Divorce and separation Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 21 years