Scott Rodman, Esq. - Partner

2626 East 82nd Street, Suite 355

Minneapolis, MN 55425

(O) 952-955-8008

(F) 952-955-8009
Scott Rodman, Esq.

Scott M. Rodman is a shareholder with Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC. Mr. Rodman’s practice focuses exclusively on family law, including but not limited to divorce, custody, child support, spousal maintenance, interstate and international divorce and child custody, Hague Convention and non-Hague parental child abduction, parental child abduction prevention, third-party custody and visitation, antenuptial (pre-nuptial) agreements, adoption and appeals.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Rodman received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1999, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002. Prior to joining Arnold, Rodman & Pletcher PLLC, Mr. Rodman practiced family law with Tuft & Arnold PLLC.

Mr. Rodman is also an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University where he teaches Business Law to undergraduate students.

Mr. Rodman is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Facilitative Mediation by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In addition, he has received extensive training in both Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) and Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE). Mr. Rodman was appointed by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as one of four attorneys on the Ramsey County Early Case Management/Early Neutral Evaluation Steering Committee. Mr. Rodman was further appointed to serve on the SENE Best Practices Subcommittee and was selected as a SENE provider on the Ramsey County SENE roster of approved providers.

Mr. Rodman has been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine for every year since 2007, a distinction given to 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Rodman served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Cara Lee Neville in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Admitted to practice law in both New York and Minnesota, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, and he co-founded an organization to promote positive collegiality and cooperation among family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. Mr. Rodman volunteers with the Safety Project at Chrysalis, a program devoted to providing pro bono representation for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Mr. Rodman also volunteers his time to the Chrysalis/Tubman Law Clinic and the Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Project, where he serves on the steering committee by judicial appointment.

Admissions:

  • 2003 New York Supreme Court
  • 2004 Minnesota Supreme Court
  • 2012 United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Facilitative Family Law Mediation in Minnesota

Education:

University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • J.D. cum laude May 2002
  • Dean’s List 2000-2002
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court—Oral Argument Champion—2000-2001
  • Director for the 2001-2002 University of Minnesota International Law Moot Court

Binghamton University (SUNY), Binghamton, New York

  • B.A. Political Science 1999
  • Dean’s List 1996-1999

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Facilitative Mediation (Training with Robert Benjamin, St. Louis, MO—August 2008)
  • Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) training—June 26, 2009
  • Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) training—November 17, 2009
  • Advanced SENE Training: The Family Picture—June 29, 2010
  • International Custody and Parental Child Abduction Mediation Training (American Bar Association in Washington, DC)—November 11-15, 2013

Honors/Awards:

  • Named “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine and Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine, a distinction given to 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40: 2007-2013
  • Superb 10.0 rating on Avvo.com

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Co-Presenter, 35th Annual Family Law Institute, "Your First Minnesota Divorce": March 2014
  • Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University (Business Law 320): January 2010—Present
  • Guest Lecturer on Child Custody, Child Support and Alternative Dispute Resolution for Family Law courses at William Mitchell College of Law: 2010—Present
  • Chrysalis Law Clinic and Self-Represented Clinic: 2006—Present
  • Selected as Facilitator at AAML Divorce Camp: 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012
  • Lecturer, Grandparent’s Rights at SMRLS Senior Legal Fair: 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Lecturer, Grandparent’s Rights for Community Education at the Dakota County Law Library: September 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, Interstate and International Parental Abduction at the 2009 Family Law Institute: March 30, 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment at the 2009 Family Law Institute: March 31, 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment at the Dakota County Bar Association Meeting: May 15, 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment at the Highlights of the 2009 Family Law Institute: August 6, 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, Custody Law From Start to Finish at the Ramsey County Bar Association: November 20, 2009
  • Co-Lecturer, What You Must Know About Child Custody, Parenting Time and Support at William Mitchell College of Law: February 22, 2010
  • Co-Lecturer, Interstate Custody at Tubman Family Alliance: March 18, 2010
  • Co-Lecturer, Third Party Custody and Guardianship at the Dakota County Law Library: April 15, 2010
  • Co-Lecturer, The UCCJEA: Navigating Family Law Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Issues at the Anoka County Bar Association: July 28, 2010
  • Co-Presenter, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice at the 2011 Family Law Institute: March 28, 2011
  • Lecturer, Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Electronically Stored Information for a national broadcast through the National Business Institute: July 6, 2011
  • Co-Lecturer, Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Medical Records and Evaluations for a national broadcast through the National Business Institute: July 6, 2011
  • Co-Lecturer, Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony for a national broadcast through the National Business Institute: July 6, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice at the Highlights of the 2011 Family Law Institute: August 17, 2011
  • Vignettes Participant, 21st Century Ethics Problems for Family Law Attorneys at the 2012 Family Law Institute: March 26, 2012 
  • Video Presenter, New Family Lawyer project for Minnesota CLE:  July 2012
  • Co-Presenter, The Intersection of Collections and Family Law at the 2012 Debtor and Creditor Conference:  October 15, 2012
  • Co-Lecturer, Divorce Law A—Z at the Ramsey County Bar Association:  October 17, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Strategies for Effectively Representing Challenging Clients through Family Law Processes at the 2013 Family Law Institute:  March 19, 2013
  • Program Co-Chair and Co-Lecturer:  Your First Minnesota Divorce at Minnesota CLE:  June 21, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Dealing with Difficult Lawyers, Clients and Judges at the Summer New Lawyer Experience at Minnesota CLE:  July 9, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Ramsey County SENE Orientation:  October 12, 2013
  • Co-Lecturer, Best Practices for Motions to Modify Child Support at the Advanced Family Law Seminar at Minnesota CLE:  November 21, 2013

Relevant Legal/Volunteer Experience:

  • 2014 Family Law Institute Planning Committee Member
  • Ramsey County Low Fee Custody Evaluation Pilot Program Committee Member (judicial appointment)
  • Ramsey County ECM/ENE Steering Committee Member (appointed by Ramsey County judicial officers as one of four attorneys to serve on steering committee)
  • Hennepin County Limited Scope Project Steering Committee Co-Chair (appointed by Hennepin County judicial officers to serve on the steering committee for the project offering limited scope representation to low-income parties in family court matters)
  • Ramsey County SENE Provider Roster (selected by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as a neutral expert on disputed custody and parenting time matters)
  • Co-Chair of the Ramsey County SENE Best Practices Subcommittee (by judicial appointment)
  • Ramsey County Volunteer Mediation Program (helped create and administer the program and served on the subcommittee)
  • Selected as Planning Committee Member for AAML Divorce Camp: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Selected as Writing Team member for AAML Divorce Camp 2009, tasked with rewriting Family Court Rules for submission to the Minnesota Judicial Branch
  • Chrysalis Safety Project Volunteer (representing low income parties seeking Orders for Protection)
  • Chrysalis/Tubman Law Clinic volunteer (providing free legal advice to low income parties)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association’s Unmarried Couples Task Force
  • Hennepin County Unbundled Legal Services Project (representing low income parties on a pro bono basis by judicial appointment)
  • Managing the Dynamics of Divorce: December 2008—March 2009

Legal Publications:

  • “Interstate and International Civil and Criminal Remedies to Parents of Children Who Have Been Kidnapped,” Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, Fall 2008, Volume 17, No. 1, co-author Valerie Arnold.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • New York Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law and International Section
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court: 2007—Present
  • Co-chair and founder of the Minnesota Family Law League: 2006—2009
  • Recruitment Chair of the Minnesota Family Law League: 2009—2011
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: 2011—Present
  • Membership Committee, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts:  2012—Present