Scott M. Rodman, Esq.

Scott M. Rodman is a founding partner and shareholder with Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PA.  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.

Mr. Rodman has been rated a Super Lawyer®, a distinction awarded to 5% of attorneys based on peer recognition and professional achievement by SuperLawyers.com for every year since 2014.  Prior to that, Mr. Rodman was a “Rising Star” from 2007-2013, a recognition given to 2.5% of attorneys who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.  Mr. Rodman also has a “Superb” 10.0 rating, with 5-star client reviews, on Avvo.com.

Mr. Rodman is the Editor of the Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook with eFormbook, 1st Edition, a 23-chapter comprehensive guide to the practice of family law in Minnesota, first published by Minnesota CLE in 2015 and then fully updated in 2017.  This Deskbook provides a nuts and bolts reference manual to the practice of divorce and family law, providing in-depth chapters governing every procedural aspect of family law to guide a lawyer from start to finish, as well as chapters devoted to the substantive areas of family law, including the cases, statutes, laws and rules impacting any family law case.  The Deskbook also provides 65 essential forms and templates developed by a panel of experienced family law attorneys for use in the practice of family law.  Mr. Rodman also authored the introductory chapter and the chapter on Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in the Deskbook.

Mr. Rodman is a frequent lecturer and presenter on a wide variety of family law topics in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for other attorneys and for various legal organizations, presenting both locally and nationally.  Mr. Rodman served on the Planning Committee for Minnesota CLE’s Family Law Institute, an annual 2-day family law convention, from 2014-2018.  Mr. Rodman has also co-authored an article on “Interstate and International Civil and Criminal Remedies to Parents of Children Who Have Been Kidnapped” for the Minnesota State Bar Association that was published in Volume 17 of Family Law Forum.

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.  After graduation from law school, Mr. Rodman served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Cara Lee Neville in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Prior to founding Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PA, Mr. Rodman practiced family law with Tuft & Arnold PLLC.  Mr. Rodman was also formerly an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University, where he taught Business Law to undergraduate students.

Mr. Rodman is also an experienced mediator who has helped resolve many cases through alternative dispute resolution methods.  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 also received training in International Custody and Parental Child Abduction by the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Rodman was appointed by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as one of three attorneys on the Ramsey County Early Case Management/Early Neutral Evaluation Steering Committee, a role in which he has served since 2009.  Mr. Rodman has also been appointed by Judges as a Special Master to adjudicate certain financial issues in high conflict divorce cases, and as a Guardian ad Litem to represent the interests of incompetent adults involved in family law matters.

Admitted to practice law in both New York and Minnesota, he is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, and, 2005, he co-founded an organization to promote positive collegiality and cooperation among family law attorneys in the Twin Cities known as the Family Law League.

Mr. Rodman volunteers with the Safety Project at Tubman, a program devoted to providing pro bono representation for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.  Previously known as Chrysalis, Tubman is a local organization that helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma.  Mr. Rodman received a Certificate of Recognition for 10 Years of Service to Tubman in 2015, the same year Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer, PA was named the Tubman Law Firm of the Year for its volunteer and pro bono work assisting Tubman in its mission. Mr. Rodman also volunteers his time to the Tubman Law Clinic and the Hennepin County Limited Scope Project, which provides short-term free representation to qualified litigants for mediation on their case, where he also co-chairs the steering committee by judicial appointment.  Mr. Rodman also helped establish the Ramsey County Volunteer Mediation program as part of his role on the Early Case Management steering committee, which continues to provide free mediation services on qualified family law cases in Ramsey County.  Mr. Rodman also serves on the High Conflict Families Initiative Committee, by judicial appointment, which is tasked with developing new solutions and approaches to the intractability of high conflict family law cases.

Mr. Rodman lives in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife, a veterinarian, and their three children, a dog, and two cats.

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 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

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyer in Family Law – SuperLawyers.com
  • Named “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers.com: 2007-2013
  • Superb 10.0 rating on Avvo.com
  • Certificate of Recognition from Tubman for 10 Years of Service: October 28, 2015
  • Tubman Law Firm of the Year: 2015 (Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University (Business Law 320): January 2010—May 2014
  • Guest Lecturer on Child Custody, Child Support and Alternative Dispute Resolution for Family Law courses at William Mitchell College of Law: 2010—2012
  • Guest Lecturer on Initial Client Interviews and Family Law Basics for Family Law courses at University of St. Thomas School of Law: 2014-2017
  • Chrysalis/Tubman 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
  • First Divorce Track Co-Chair and Co-Lecturer: Your First Minnesota Divorce at the 2014 Family Law Institute: March 24, 2014
  • Program Co-Chair and Co-Lecturer: Your First Minnesota Divorce at Minnesota CLE: May 14, 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “How I Met Your Mother: Working with the Spectrum of Never Married Parents”: AFCC MN 6thAnnual Conference: July 17, 2014
  • Co-Lecturer, “Beyond Diagnoses: The Meaning of Mental Problems in Custody Disputes”, co-lecturers Mindy Mitnick, EdM, MA & Kevin McGrath: AFCC Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, San Antonio, Texas: November 7, 2014
  • Lecturer, “International & Interstate Parental Abduction”: Minnesota Paralegal Association: February 20, 2015
  • First Divorce Track Chair and Co-Lecturer, Your First Minnesota Divorce at the 2015 Family Law Institute: March 23, 2015
  • Program Co-Chair and Co-Lecturer, Handling Your First Minnesota Divorce at Minnesota CLE: May 14, 2015
  • Course Chair and Lecturer, How to Handle a Divorce in Minnesota: Law, Strategy & Forms featuring the new Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook (Editor) at Minnesota CLE:  August 27, 2015
  • First Divorce Track Chair and Co-Lecturer, Your First Minnesota Divorce at the 2016 Family Law Institute:March 29 and 30, 2016
  • Co-Lecturer, Your First Minnesota Divorce Case at Minnesota CLE: May 4, 2016
  • Lecturer, 10 Essential Tips and Resources for Your First Divorce Case at the New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota CLE: January 19, 2017
  • First Divorce Track Chair and Co-Lecturer, Your First Minnesota Divorce at the 2017 Family Law Institute: March 21 and 22, 2017
  • Co-Lecturer, Your First Minnesota Divorce Case at Minnesota CLE: March 30, 2017
  • Co-Lecturer, Divorce A to Z: Understanding and Determination of Child Support and Spousal Maintenance, Webcast at Minnesota CLE: October 25, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Keynote Presentation, 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Began Practicing Law at the New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota CLE: January 18, 2018
  • Lecturer, 10 Essential Tips and Resources for Your First Divorce Case at the New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota CLE: January 18, 2018
  • Co-Lecturer, Determining Child Support at the 2018 Family Law Institute, March 26 and 27, 2018
  • Co-Lecturer, Child Support Calculation and the Practical Implications of the New Parenting Expense Adjustment at the Cooperative Practice Network: May 16, 2018

Relevant Legal/Volunteer Experience

  • Family Law Institute Planning Committee Member 2014-2018
  • Ramsey County ECM/ENE Steering Committee Member (appointed by Ramsey County judicial officers as one of four attorneys to serve on steering committee): 2009-Present
  • Ramsey County Low Fee Custody Evaluation Pilot Program Committee Member (judicial appointment): 2013-Present
  • Ramsey County Limited Scope Project Committee Member (judicial appointment): 2015-Present
  • Ramsey County High Conflict Families Initiative Committee Member (judicial appointment): 2016-Present
  • 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): 2011-Present
  • Ramsey County SENE Provider Roster (selected by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as a neutral expert on disputed custody and parenting time matters): 2009-Present
  • Ramsey County FENE Provider Roster (selected by Ramsey County judicial officers to serve as a neutral expert on disputed financial matters):2009-Present
  • Co-Chair of the Ramsey County SENE Best Practices Subcommittee (by judicial appointment): 2009-Present
  • Ramsey County Volunteer Mediation Program (helped create and administer the program and served on the subcommittee): 2009-Present
  • 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/Tubman Safety Project Volunteer (representing low income parties seeking Orders for Protection): 2005-Present
  • Chrysalis/Tubman Law Clinic volunteer (providing free legal advice to low income parties): 2005-Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association’s Unmarried Couples Task Force: 2009
  • Hennepin County Unbundled Limited Scope Legal Services Project (representing low income parties on a pro bono basis by judicial appointment):2007-Present
  • 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.
  • Editor, “Divorce Practice Deskbook”, Minnesota CLE, August 2015, updatedSeptember 2017:  21 Chapters on Divorce Practice Procedure and Substantive Law and Form Bank of Sample Forms, Pleadings and Letters for Family Law Practice
  • Author, Chapter 1:  Overview of the Divorce Processand Chapter 22:  Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, “Divorce Practice Deskbook”, Minnesota CLE, August 2015, updatedSeptember 2017

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—2016
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