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Brian L. Sobol

Brian Sobol

McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered
800 Nicollet Mall, Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Minnesota (MN)

Contact Contact Brian L. Sobol
T: 612-338-2525
F: 612-339-2386

Practice Areas: Family Law (90%), Appellate (10%)

Family Law



Brian L. Sobol is a shareholder in the firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered and has practiced primarily in family law for over 29 years. He has a bachelor's degree in child psychology and specializes not only in U.S. and international custody litigation but also in other complex dissolution issues involving high net worth estates, including business valuation, real estate, spousal maintenance, contested antenuptial agreements, hidden and dissipated assets, and non-marital claims. Mr. Sobol also has extensive appellate expertise and has successfully argued cases in both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. Mr. Sobol is a fellow of the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML and IAML).  From 2009 to 2012 he served as Administrative Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter of the AAML.  He currently serves as the Minnesota Delegate to the National Board of Governors of the AAML, and as well as on the Board of Managers of the Minnesota Chapter.  He was 2002-2003 co-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section. Mr. Sobol was on the board of directors of Cornerstone Advocacy Service from 2002 through 2010. Mr. Sobol has lectured on various domestic law topics and also does mediation and early neutral financial evaluations.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2009, 2011 - 2013

Historical data is only available from 2003

Certifications and Credentials

About Brian Sobol

Admitted: 1982, Minnesota

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Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Nemitz v. Nemitz 376 N.W.2d 243 Minn.App.,1985 - Often cited case as to business valuation, maintenance and attorney fees. Duffey v. Duffey - 416 N.W.2d 830 Minn.App.,1987 - First reported case finding exception to Nardini appreciation. Nelson v. Nelson 411 N.W.2d 868 Minn.App.,1987 - Leading case as to key man discounts - obtained reversal for too low a discount Bury v. Bury 416 N.W.2d 133 Minn.App.,1987 - Leading valuation case and attorney fee case.  Prevailed in lower court and obtained affirmance on appeal. Maeder v. Maeder 480 N.W.2d 677 Minn.App.,1992 - Often cited case where successfully litigated modification of spousal maintenance to permanent and award of attorney fees. Liebscher v. Liebscher Not Reported in N.W.2d, 1998 WL 268087 Minn.App.,1998 - Successfully litigated and collected settlement on behalf of client, following a 30 day trial, spanning three calendar year, where husband engaged in concerted efforts to remove property from jurisdiction of Minnesota court. Burkstrand v. Burkstrand 632 N.W.2d 206 Minn.,2001 - Leading case as to jurisction of court in domestic abuse cases Tournier v. Tournier Not Reported in N.W.2d, 2002 WL 2004645 Minn.App.,2002 - Sucessfully obtained valuation of marital estate as of date of trial, notwithstanding parties' separation 13 years prior to trial In re Marriage of Jodsaas v. Jodsaas Not Reported in N.W.2d, 2009 WL 3735860 Minn.App.,2009 - sucessfully reopened judgment and decree based on changed circumstances Have sucessfully litigated to verdict case invalidating antenuptial agreement based on unfairness; have negotiated settlements in several cases substantially varying from terms of antenuptial agreements where antenuptial agreements were over reaching and substantively unfair; and have reopened a decree on the grounds of fraud - all in cases involving multimillion dollar estates. , 1985

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota 1979 - BA CSumma cum Laude, Phi Betta Kappa - Child Psychology University of Minnesota 1982 - JD, 1979

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