M. Sue Wilson

M. Sue Wilson

M. Sue Wilson


Practice Areas

Family Law
Complex Marital Estates
Child Support
Spousal Maintenance
Property Valuations

Bar Admissions

1975 Minnesota State Bar
US District Court, District of Minnesota; United States Supreme Court, 1986

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August 2016: Attorney of the Month
Attorney At Law Magazine
Phone: 612-340-1405
Legal Assistant: Tina Collins Foye

“We understand your situation, and we care deeply.” – M. Sue Wilson


To M. Sue Wilson, representing clients through her family law practice is not simply a vocation, it’s how she makes a difference. From igniting change in the Minnesota legal system to building one of the state’s largest and most respected appellate practices, Sue has been a beacon in Minnesota law for more than 40 years.

Since beginning her practice in 1975, Sue’s unyielding commitment to excellence, her persistence, and her compassion have garnered results for thousands of clients, as well as the respect of legal professionals nationwide. In 1991, Sue received the Lambda Legal Defense Fund Liberty Award for her groundbreaking work in In re Guardianship of Kowalski, 478 N.W. 2d 790. In this landmark case and in many others, Sue courageously persisted; once the legal system caught up, she ultimately prevailed.

Strong yet graceful in her approach, Sue lives out her calling to “obtain justice, one person at a time” in every case that comes through the firm. In doing so, Sue regularly advocates for mediation and achieves this outcome in 99% of her cases. For those that cannot be resolved in this manner, Sue brilliantly fights for the right—and best—result for her client.

Sue graduated with honors from Stanford University Law School. She enjoys the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has achieved status as a Super Lawyer® each year since 1998.


  • Stanford University Law School – Palo Alto, California, 1974, J.D.
    Honors: Successful Completion of Law and Psychiatry Program (a joint program between Stanford Law School and Stanford Medical School)
  • University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas, 1971, B.A.
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships, Awards, and Appointments

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (President, 1987-88)
  • International Seminar on Family Law, Barbados, West Indies (Chairperson, 1989)
  • Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, Supervising Attorney (1991-present)
  • Winner, 1992 Dan J. Bradley Human Rights Award
  • Winner, 1991 Lambda Legal Defense Fund Liberty Award
  • Regularly selected as a Leading Minnesota Family Law Attorney
  • Consistently selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer®
  • Selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in Family Law in 2016
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Women Super Lawyers® (2005, 2006)
  • Selected for the highest possible rating for attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Appointed as a financial early neutral evaluator by the Hennepin County 4th Judicial District Family Court Division (2007)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Lecturer, Family Law Institute and other seminars
  • Various other speaking engagements on topics such as valuation of closely held businesses, spousal maintenance, trial preparation, and re-opening of decrees

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer team member for many “Four-Fold Way” seminars with Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.

Landmark Cases

Lindsey v. Lindsey, 369 N.W.2d 26 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
Lindsey v. Lindsey, 388 N.W.2d 713 (Minn. Sup. Ct. 1986)
In re Guardianship of Kowalski, 392 N.W.2d 310 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
In re Guardianship of Kowalski, 382 N.W.2d 861 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
Berens v. Berens, 443 N.W.2d 558 (Minn. Ct. App. 1989)
In re Guardianship of Kowalski, 478 N.W.2d 790 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991)
Baker v. Baker, 494 N. W.2d 282 (Minn. Sup. Ct. 1992)
Redmond v. Redmond, 1999 WL 366591 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999)
Marriage of Geske v. Marcolina, 642 N.W.2d 62 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
Geseke v. Marcolina 642 N.W.2d 813 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
Soohoo v. Johnson, 731 N.W.2d 815 (Minn. Ct. App. 2007)

Representative Wins

Filkins v. Filkins, 347 N.W.2d 526 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984)
Helland v. Helland, 354 N.W.2d 591 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984)
Esposito v. Esposito, 371 N.W.2d 608 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
Vitalis v. Vitalis, 363 N.W.2d 57 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
Yackel v. Yackel, 366 N.W.2d 382 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
Mackin v. Mackin, 392 N.W.2d 5 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
Wilson v. Wilson, 388 N.W.2d 432 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
Pekarak v. Wilking, 380 N.W.2d 161 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
Bovy v. Bovy, 1988 WL 64517 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988)
Joneja v. Joneja, 1988 WL 36184 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988)
Ristad v. Ristad, 1989 WL 14927 (Minn. Ct. App. 1989)
Skelly v. Skelly, 1989 WL 41794 (Minn. Ct. App. 1989)
Arholm v. Arholm, 1989 WL 460065 (Minn. Ct. App. 1989)
In re Disciplinary Action Against Pokorny, 453 N.W.2d 345 (Minn. Sup. Ct. 1990)
Johnson v. Johnson, 1990 WL 32420 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
Redmond v. Redmond, 1994 WL 695037 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
Redmond v. Redmond, 1994 WL 71360 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
Dockter v. Docker, 1995 WL 265046 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
Ekblad, On Behalf of N.M. Ekblad, 1996 WL 636214 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996)
In re Marriage of Younger v. Lobby, 1996 WL 104759 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996)
In re Matter of Warrenv. Ruffle, 1997 WL 65508 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)
Geske v. Marcolina, 2002 WL 1163721 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
Huft v. Huft, 2003 WL 21525042 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)
Hahn v. Hahn, 2003 WL 347967 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)
In re Marriage of Fritz, 2003 WL 22775395 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)
Tollesfrud v. Tollefsrud, 2004 WL 885790 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004)
Dailey v. Chermak, 709 N.W.2d 626,629 (Minn. Ct. App.2006)
McCulloch v. McCulloch, 2006 WL 538976 (Minn. Ct. 2006)
Nelson v. Nelson, 2006 WL 771888 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)
Henderson v. Henderson, 2007 WL 1064441 (Minn. Ct. 2007)
Dailey v. Chermak, 2007 WL 1191695 (Minn. Ct. App. 2007)
Khan v. Ansar, 2008 WL 4133872 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)
Popel v. Popel, 2008 WL 4552771 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)
Daley v. Daley, 2009 WL 66623 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
Grossman v. Grossman, 2009 WL 4251121 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
Basting v. Makepeace, 2010 WL 3304297 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)
Jones v. Jones, 2014 WL 801714 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014)
Hudson v. Hudson, 2014 WL 3397140 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014)