Brittany Stephens Pearson focuses her practice on resolving complex divorce, family law and related matters involving sophisticated financial issues, such as business interests and self-employment income, executive compensation and benefits, trusts, non-marital claims and complicated tax-related issues.
Brittany counsels clients on divorce, antenuptial (prenuptial) and postnuptial agreements, custody and parenting-time rights, child support, spousal maintenance, paternity, third-party custody, grandparent visitation, and stepparent adoption and post-divorce matters. Brittany approaches each matter with careful analysis and common sense. When active planning and cooperation do not facilitate a resolution, she emerges as a litigator whose attention to detail underpins her vigorous and persuasive advocacy of clients.
With more than a decade of experience, Brittany focuses on providing the skills and resources needed to resolve even the most difficult divorces. A careful listener and highly adept problem-solver, Brittany does not believe in one-size-fits-all legal solutions, but rather focuses on each client’s distinct circumstances throughout the divorce process.
Brittany has assisted clients by:
- Representing clients in dozens of family law cases involving ownership interests in private businesses in a wide variety of industries and geographies, including issues related to business valuation, transactions, compensation and other business income
- Representing clients in many family law cases involving executives in public and private companies, including issues related to executive compensation, stock options, restricted stock awards, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, and other unique employment benefits
- Successfully negotiating and litigating cases involving property division, including multimillion-dollar nonmarital claims; spousal maintenance; custody; parenting time; child support; and attorneys’ fees
- Successfully negotiating antenuptial (prenuptial) and postnuptial agreements for estates with values of $1 million to $50 million, particularly involving closely held business interests and executive compensation and benefits
- Working extensively with clients involving assets held in trust
- Working extensively with clients who have children with disabilities, including the potential uses for special and supplemental needs trusts in family law cases
- Advising clients on tax issues related to spousal maintenance and property division, including tax strategies in settlement negotiations or trial positions
- Representing clients in family law appellate issues
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, American Bar Association Family Law Section
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section
Member, Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member, Minnesota Mother Attorney Association
Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers