Helping Families through Difficult Times
Minnesota Divorce Attorneys

Divorce, Family Law, and Estate Planning

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC’s vision is to be the preeminent family law firm in Minnesota, guiding families through transitions in all areas of family law, juvenile law, and estate planning.

Our Mission Statement

At Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC, we provide skillful, effective, creative, and ethical family law litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as estate planning/probate services. We are caring and compassionate and work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

As a client of Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC you can expect to have a team of professionals working on your individual case, which can include one or more attorneys, a paralegal, a law clerk, and other support staff. Use of the team-based approach at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC can ensure more efficient and cost-effective representation through shared responsibility. You can expect to have a person familiar with your case available to you when you need to speak to someone. The lead attorney on your case will assign various projects to team members at lower billing rates, which can help keep your representation affordable.

The attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC are committed to resolving your family law matter through various alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, early neutral evaluation, collaborative law, arbitration, and moderated settlement conferences. All of the attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC are trained as Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as mediators, and several are trained in Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations. As experienced neutrals, our attorneys can help guide you toward a cooperative and amicable result in your own case, making representation more affordable and less time-consuming so you can get back on track with your life. However, the attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC have extensive courtroom and trial experience when litigation is the only avenue to get you the relief that you and your family need.

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC offers estate planning, probate, and elder law services, which can be critical for family law and non-family law clients, alike. Planning for death or incapacity is a necessary and challenging task, which can be made easier with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.  Another consideration is the unique interplay between family law and estate planning.  For instance, blended families often require estate plans carefully drafted to account for a "non-traditional" family structure. Our estate planning team is specially equipped to evaluate all aspects of your case in order to provide security and stability to you and your loved ones.

For more information or to set up an initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC, please contact us at info@tuftlaw.com or (651) 771-0050.

Divorce, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Professional Responsibility and Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Stillwater and the entire twin cities area. Also serving all counties in Minnesota including Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Anoka and Dakota.

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC

Susan M. Lach
Susan M. Lach successfully litigated complex family law matters for over forty years. She now focuses her practice on ADR, including arbitration, mediation, parenting consulting, and Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations.

Susan M. Lach

Of Counsel

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Dan C. O’Connell
Named Minneapolis Area "Lawyer of the Year" four times from 2015 – 2021 for Family Law or Family Law Mediation by Best Lawyers in America, Dan O’Connell has been guiding clients through the legal system for 30 years.

Dan C. O’Connell

Attorney/Mediator

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Thomas W. Tuft
Thomas Tuft is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC practicing in all areas of family law, including complex divorce, spousal maintenance, paternity, child custody, child support, and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and early neutral evaluations.

Thomas W. Tuft

Attorney/Mediator

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John M. Jerabek
John Jerabek is an advocate for his clients in intricate grandparent custody and third-party custody proceedings, as well as juvenile court contested adoption matters. He represents clients in family court and juvenile court appeals.

John M. Jerabek

Attorney/Mediator

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Letty M-S Van Ert
Ms. Van Ert has broad experience in the areas of family law, probate, guardianships and estate planning. Additionally, she is a Rule 114 qualified neutral and enjoys helping parties reach creative solutions.

Letty M-S Van Ert

Attorney/Mediator

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Lindsey O’Connell
Lindsey O’Connell is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC. Lindsey practices primarily in the area of family law but has also practiced in the area of professional responsibility and general civil matters, including helping non-profit organizations obtain 501(c)(3) status.

Lindsey O’Connell

Attorney/Mediator

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Alexandra Connell
Alexandra Connell is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC. Alexandra is a zealous advocate for her clients in all areas of family law, including but not limited to high asset, complex, and simple divorce, post-divorce, custody, and domestic abuse cases.

Alexandra L. Michelson

Attorney/Mediator

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James J. Street
James Street, as a retired Family Court Referee, has presided over 2,500 family law proceedings over 12 years. This experience positions him to provide insightful evaluative mediation, moderate settlement conferences, and serve as a special master or consensual special magistrate.

James J. Street

Attorney/Mediator

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Christopher L. Vatsaas
Christopher Vatsaas practices in family law including divorce, child custody, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance, and child support. He is an Adjunct Professor of Advance Family Law at St. Thomas School of Law.

Christopher L. Vatsaas

Attorney

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Allyson Kerr
Allyson is an Associate Attorney at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell and practices in the area of family law. She understands the difficult issues families may encounter and is ready to advocate and provide guidance to her clients.

Allyson Kerr

Attorney/Mediator

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Anna G. Street
Anna Street is an Associate Attorney at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC and has extensive litigation experience in both family law and housing law. She was previously employed by Central Minnesota Legal Services and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Listening House, a non-profit organization.

Anna G. Street

Attorney

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Melanie I. Nelson
Melanie Nelson works in all areas of family law. Prior to joining our firm Melanie was an associate attorney at a mid-sized Minnesota law firm and a law clerk to a referee in Ramsey County Family Court.

Melanie I. Nelson

Attorney

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