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Michael Boulette
Of Counsel

Minneapolis

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402-4662

P 612-367-8785

F 612-333-6798

OVERVIEW

Michael Boulette
Of Counsel

Minneapolis

225 South Sixth Street
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402-4662

P 612-367-8785

F 612-333-6798

Michael Boulette is a creative and meticulous advocate for clients facing uniquely challenging family situations. Clients seek out Michael because of his considerable experience with high-stakes divorce and family matters and his deep knowledge of family law.

OVERVIEW

Michael Boulette is a creative and meticulous advocate for clients facing uniquely challenging family situations. Clients seek out Michael because of his considerable experience with high-stakes divorce and family matters and his deep knowledge of family law.

Michael brings his extensive skills to bear on behalf of business owners, public figures, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, and medical and legal professionals and their families. For these clients, he handles divorces with high and ultra-high net worth estates often including closely-held businesses and family partnerships, intergenerational wealth and trusts, difficult valuation issues, and fraud and concealed assets.

In addition, Michael’s courtroom experience makes him a go-to advisor for clients navigating the complexities of high-conflict child custody cases, which often center on allegations of abuse, alienation, or serious mental illness.

Michael is also among the few family law attorneys who has repeatedly argued cases on his clients’ behalf before Minnesota’s appellate courts – including multiple cases before Minnesota’s Supreme Court.

Beyond helping his clients navigate such complex and private matters, Michael is committed to transforming and improving the practice of family law. He acts as an adjunct professor, teaching the next generation of family law attorneys; serves as faculty at continuing education seminars for judges, lawyers, and mediators; and authors articles, columns, and other resources for family law attorneys, including Minnesota Family Law, the state’s definitive practice guide on divorce, child custody, and family law.

Michael has frequently been cited in the media, appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Fiscal Times, Forbes.com and the Star Tribune on issues of divorce and child custody. His accomplishments have been recognized across the legal community including honors from the Hennepin County, Minnesota State, and American Bar Associations.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, Minnesota Guardian Ad Litem Board

Member, American Bar Association

Member, board member, and former new lawyers section chair, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

Member and board member, Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012-2018

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Minnesota Lawyer, Up and Coming Attorney

Minnesota State Bar Association, President’s Awards

Minnesota State Bar Association, New Lawyer of the Year

American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, finalist, Wm. Resse Smith, Jr. Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year

University of St. Thomas School of Law, Living the Mission Award and Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Fellow, American & Hennepin County Bar Foundations

2019 Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) Excellence Award for Providing Pro Bono Service

Experience
  • Representing clients at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court on matters including spousal maintenance; First Amendment free speech and religious liberties; third-party custody; dissipation of assets; business valuation; and custody and parenting time.
  • Representing real estate investors and hotel owners in valuation and division of property in excess of $50 million.
  • Negotiating spousal buy-outs on behalf of closely-held business owners and entrepreneurs to preserve business liquidity, profitability, and operational control.
  • Defending client’s interest in valuable irrevocable, family trust against claims for equitable division, spousal maintenance and child support.
  • Representing client in obtaining nearly $100,000 in relief after spouse attempted to conceal marital assets prior to and during divorce.
  • Representing successful medical professionals and their spouses in dividing interests in nuanced incentive plans and valuation and division of interests in medical practice.
  • Representing celebrities and public figures with divorce and other family law matters while maximizing clients’ privacy and limiting risk of public exposure.
  • Representing parents in complex child custody cases involving allegations of sexual and domestic abuse; severe mental illness; chemical dependency; and diagnoses of borderline, narcissistic, and anti-social personality disorders.
  • Representing business owner in successful contested motion to modify spousal maintenance obligation by nearly 60% after several past denials.
  • Protecting millions of dollars in clients’ inherited and premarital wealth through detailed expert tracing and discovery.
  • Representing client against spousal maintenance claim in excess of $1 million, resulting in complete denial of spousal maintenance after trial.

*This experience occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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