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Jennifer M. Macaulay

Child custody Attorney at Edina, MN

4.9   26 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Child custody is a part of many of our divorce cases. But sometimes things fall apart after a divorce and we need to go back to court to adjust the divorce decree. When a child is born outside of a marriage, we need to establish custody and parenting rights through a separate procedure. Keeping our focus on the best interests of the child (which is the standard that ultimately governs the court's decision) helps us to resolve these cases in a way that is in the best interests of the family.

    22 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Ending a marriage through divorce is a traumatic experience. I work with my clients to lessen that trauma and work toward an amicable and fair resolution. When this isn't possible, I can be a bulldog, but aggressive, time-consuming (and expensive) tactics are never the goal. Getting our clients to a place where they can move on with their lives comfortably is the goal.

    22 years

  3. Appeals
    20%
    I have worked on more than 200 appellate and postconviction matters in state and federal court in Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Seventh and Eighth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Although the majority of my appellate work is criminal and postconviction, I have also worked on dozens of civil and family law appeals.l

    23 years

  4. Criminal defense
    20%
    I tend to specialize in complex cases in all areas of my practice, and criminal defense cases are no exception. I enjoy working to protect the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individuals charged with everything from a traffic violation to violent felonies.

    22 years

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Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2015,2012,2010
Client's Choice
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Location

Macaulay Law Offices
3300 Edinborough Way
Suite 550M
Edina, MN, 55435
Macaulay Law Offices, Ltd.
649 Grand Ave Suite 1B
Saint Paul, MN, 55105
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Susan | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Lawyer
As a lawyer and a private investigator, I have had the privilege to work with Jen on a number of cases. She is smart, understands the issues that matter, is a gifted writer, and a person who cares deeply about her clients. I have referred my own family to Jen and have the greatest of trust in her.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay January 11, 2019
Thank you for the review, Susan! I hope that you and your family are doing well.
Posted by Phuc Joseph Anh Vo | September 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
I highly recommend Jennifer if you're looking for a professional, honest and truthful lawyer. Very easy to talk talk too. She explained everything very clear and in a way that I can understand. She also takes the time to actually get to know you. Doesn't make you feel like you're paying some typical lawyer that just takes your money and send you on your way. Like i said I highly recommend Jennifer and i'll be coming back to her in the near future whenever i need some legal help.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay October 5, 2015
Thanks, Phuc! I'm glad you gave me the opportunity to get to know you and to work with you. Please take care, and keep in touch!
Posted by Pat | January 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Jennifer was great! Used her for my divorce. Always was up front with me and genuinely seemed to care about my situation and saving me time and money. Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Tyler | November 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wouldn't want anyone else on our team
We couldn't have asked for a better attorney to fight for us in our custody battle. Jen was very knowledgeable and made sure we understood every little detail that was happening. She was always quick to respond and would never leave us in the dark.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay November 23, 2021
Thanks Tyler! I'm glad that you were happy with our work together. Take care, and keep in touch!
Posted by Aaron | April 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I would recommend Jennifer as an attorney to anyone who is going through a divorce. She was always quick to respond with any emails or phone calls and got everything done in a timely matter With positive results.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay April 22, 2021
Thanks, Aaron. I appreciate the review!
Posted by Cedrick | December 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
From the beginning Jennifer was very invested in our case. She has now been successful in representing multiple generations of my family. She handled our case with so much care and dedication! With her help our family now has the resolution we have so long been searching for.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay April 22, 2021
Thank you Cedrick. I appreciate your review!
Posted by Garry | December 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience and I Recommend
I worked with Jennifer on a post decree case involving parenting time and support and had a great experience. In the initial consultation Jennifer took a good amount of time to understand the specifics of my case, provided me with a good understanding of what reasonable outcomes I could expect and how her fixed fee structure worked. Throughout the case she provided good legal perspective and advice and was understanding/empathetic of the personal aspects as she did so. I was impressed with her knowledge of the family court staff/judges on my case and of opposing council. In the end we achieved a result that was very much in line with what we set out to accomplish. This was my first experience with a fixed fee arrangement and I will say that (a) it made meetings/discussions/communications much more effective and less rushed by fear of racking up charges and (b) was a fair cost for the services provided. Jennifer was top quality representation and I highly recommend her services.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay April 22, 2021
Thank you for the thorough review, Garry. I really appreciate it.
Posted by Marie | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An absolute gem
I was five months pregnant when I grabbed my toddler and literally fled in the night from an abusive marriage. She gave me amazing advice on how to navigate child custody and safety. Her guidance through writing the divorce decree set the kids and I up for safety, physically and financially. Jennifer helped me get out and stay out. I'm forever grateful.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay November 3, 2020
I'm grateful that you trusted me to handle this. You were a pleasure to work with. I am glad to hear that things are going well for you post-decree. That is always the goal: to get our divorce clients sufficiently set up through the divorce decree, to avoid or navigate any conflict in the future.
Posted by Tim | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Shelf
I have worked with Jennifer both as an attorney on the same side and on opposing sides of issues. She is professional. A skilled and zealous advocate. Fair. and Firm. She knows what she is doing. I have also seen her work as an attorney for both family and friends. They, and we, have been uniformly thrilled with her work. And her fairness in explaining options, strategies, and fee arrangements.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay November 3, 2020
Thanks, Tim. Given that I hold you in such high esteem as a colleague, your review is particularly nice to see. I appreciate the trust you've put in me.
Posted by William | July 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody
Jennifer has been a serious blessing to my family. She has successfully assisted me with multiple legal issues pertaining to my child and her mother. All future family law matters will be with her by my side. Thank you Jennifer!!!!
Response from Jennifer Macaulay November 3, 2020
Thanks, William. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
Posted by Michelle | July 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable & Amazing Advocate
Jennifer is an amazing lawyer. She is a gifted orator and thoughtful in her writing. If you want an attorney who listens to you, advocates for you and knows her stuff...she's the one! I'm beyond happy with her performance in my family court issue and would recommend her without the slightest hesitation. Thanks Jennifer!
Response from Jennifer Macaulay November 3, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, Michelle. I hope you and your family are doing well.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Jennifer after 1.5 exasperating years with another attorney. My prior attorney was frustrating on several levels: she was impossible to reach with an unresponsive paralegal in between her and me, she never followed through on things we'd planned, I always felt like I was the last item on her priority list, she was out of the office for many sick days each month, she completed tasks on the final day they were due (never in advance), and she charged handsomely for every minute of time. It added a large layer of extra anxiety to my already complicated divorce. Hiring Jennifer completely changed things for me. Jennifer is prompt, responsive and true to her word. I don't have to communicate through a paralegal; rather, Jennifer herself responds to me. She makes time for me when I have questions, and I have her full attention at those times. When my case requires immediate action, Jennifer is ready. She is deeply knowledgeable about MN family law and court tendencies. My ex-husband's attorney is very skilled at glossing over things that don't benefit her client, and Jennifer sees right through it and doesn't allow it. Jennifer is calm and professional in every setting, never losing her cool, and always anticipating next steps. Her advice is sound. She hears my wants and needs and helps manage my expectations for all outcomes. From custody and child support issues, to complicated things like taxes and an out-of-state move, it has been clear to me throughout it all that Jennifer spends a lot of time thinking about my case and exploring every course of action fully. In addition to her careful, attentive, calm and responsive nature, Jennifer's billing system is such a relief. The flat-rate method is so much more reasonable. With my prior attorney's hourly billing, I was hesitant to simply request an update because I'd be billed for both her time and her paralegal's time, and often the answer would be something simple like, "Nothing yet"--but receiving that small answer would cost me $180 due to automatic 12-minute increment billing for a quick email from the paralegal to the attorney; a quick email from the attorney to the paralegal; and a quick email from the paralegal relaying the attorney's answer to me. Excruciating. With Jennifer's billing system, I can reach out as I need to without fear of incurring ridiculous costs. I'm not constantly running a calculator in my head and having to decide whether receiving an answer from my own attorney is worth the price. I am so relieved to have Jennifer's representation. Do yourself a favor and hire her immediately for your family law needs. She's excellent in all ways. A true advocate. Exactly what you hope for in the person representing you.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay January 11, 2019
Thank you so much for the thoughtful review! I am glad that you were happy with my services, and our financial arrangement. I try my best to keep my rates and fee agreements reasonable and accessible for clients. Sometimes we are able to use flat fee arrangements, when that is a good fit for the case. Unfortunately, most of the time we need to rely on the standard hourly retainer agreements. Even in those circumstances, I do my best to make sure that our efforts on a client's behalf always take into consideration the client's ability to pay for those efforts.
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Posted by Donna | December 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Review
Jennifer Macaulay truly cares about her clients. I first dealt with Jennifer over a decade ago when I needed some assistance with a child custody case. She did her best to make sure that the lines of communication were open and had the child’s best interest in mind. Since then I have referred many people to Jennifer as I feel she is more than competent and her dedication to her clients is something that is truly appreciated.
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Response from Jennifer Macaulay January 11, 2019
Thank you for the review, Donna! I hope that you and your family are doing well.
Posted by Vinh | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very personable!!
We were referred to Jennifer from another Attorney. Let me tell you I am not much of a review guy. The work and quick response Jenn provide us was excellent, if you want attorney that knows what she is doing you can count on her. Thanks again Jenn! You and Chuck have play a big part in our life.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay October 5, 2015
Thanks, Vinh! I am glad that we were able to help you and your family. Please keep in touch!
Posted by Marci | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Services
Highly recommended. Jennifer was very thorough, she walked me through every step and made sure I knew all of my options before making any decisions. She is dependable and trustworthy and was available to answer my calls/questions any time of the day. Should I ever need services in the future Macaulay Law will be my first call.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay October 5, 2015
Thanks, Marci. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I hope you will keep in touch!
Posted by Sean | September 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My child custody
Jen did a great job making sure I understood all facets of my child custody case, I always felt like I could send her an email or give her a call and get my questions and concerns addressed immediately. Nobody looks forward to having legal issues but knowing I have an attorney like Jen on my side has definitely been a blessing.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay October 5, 2015
Thank you, Sean. I don't look forward to anybody needing my services, honestly. But it is really a pleasure to work with such great people on such important issues in their lives. I'm grateful that you trust me with this task.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent honest approach
Jennifer handled my divorce case and did a great job. She focused on the right outcomes, was very honest by providing input from her experience, and handled herself professionally to drive the best results.
Response from Jennifer Macaulay October 5, 2015
Thanks for the positive review! I'm glad that you were happy with the results we were able to achieve. Take care, and keep in touch.
Posted by Tom | February 8, 2013
Owner and management of multiple businesses in several states
I have dealt with many attorneys throughout my business and personal life and Jennifer has always performed better than most. Jennifer has given me very precise legal advise and done so with a laymans explanation that makes sense. I have won every case that she has represented me on and I will continue to use Jennifer as my attorney. I have a retainer agreement with Jennifer and she keeps very stringent records of all fees incurred and confers with me prior to spending ANY of my retainer funds. Jennifer is by far the most competent lawyer I have worked with.
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Posted by Eric | October 25, 2012
Jennifer is an excellent family lawyer!
Jennifer did an excellent job with my Child Support case. She made sure that I knew what to expect before we entered the courtroom. She went through all the facts of the case with me and made sure that she was aware of my needs and expectations. Jennifer's expertise shined in the courtroom. She stiffled my Ex's false accusations and pressed her to admit to reporting misinformation on her financial affidavit. Ms. Macaulay worked very hard to defend my rights as a father, for that I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Jason | April 6, 2010
Owner JBK Construction
Ms.Macaulay represented my company as well as myself personally. I have referred her to friends and family for criminal and family law issues
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Macaulay Law Offices LTD
  • 2002 - Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Legal Writing
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • 2004 - 2021

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude
  • 2001
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • BA/BS
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v RHB, 821 N.W.2d 817 (Minn. 2012)
  • Reversal; victory for the client
  • U.S. v. Tyler, 580 F.3d 722 (8th Cir.(Minn.) Sep 04, 2009)
  • District court sentence vacated and remanded.

Associations

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Women in the Law Scholarship
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Meet the Customer
  • Harnessing internet legal research resources
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (21)
Endorse Jennifer
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Macaulay was opposing counsel on a custody matter. While it was a case that dealt with difficult subject matter and heated disputes between the parents (and our respective clients) she was a skillful advocate for her client. Despite all that, on a professional level, she was an effective communicator and pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jennifer has been opposing counsel on a few different cases. She is very knowledgeable in the law, a fierce advocate for her client, respected by the bench and always well-prepared."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer and I worked together on a complex matter for a client. She demonstrated professionalism, compassion and skillful advocacy. I endorse Jennifer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer has a strong reputation in the legal community and receives consistently high praise from any of her clients with whom I've worked. She is a top-notch communicator who shows a deep and empathetic understanding of her clients' needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jen is a dedicated and talented lawyer who is very committed to the defense of her clients. I endorse her."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a talented attorney who genuinely cares about her clients."
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Edina Child custody Lawyer Jennifer M. Macaulay
Jennifer M. Macaulay
Child custody Attorney
Edina, MN
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation
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