Scott Rodman, Esq.
Scott M. Rodman is a founding partner and shareholder with Arnold & Rodman 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 & O’Keefe 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 & O’Keefe, 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.
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
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)
Metropolitan State University
Adjunct Professor (Business Law 320) • January 2010—May 2014
Law courses at William Mitchell College of Law
Guest Lecturer • Child Custody, Child Support and Alternative Dispute Resolution for Family, 2010—2012
University of St. Thomas School of Law
Guest Lecturer on Initial Client Interviews and Family Law Basics for Family Law courses, 2014-2017
Chrysalis/Tubman Law Clinic
Self-Represented Clinic, 2006—Present
Selected as Facilitator at AAML, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012
SMRLS Senior Legal Fair
Lecturer, Grandparent’s Rights, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Dakota County Law Library
Lecturer, Grandparent’s Rights for Community Education, September 2009
Family Law Institute
Co-Lecturer, Interstate and International Parental Abduction, March 30, 2009
Family Law Institute
Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment, March 31, 2009
Dakota County Bar Association Meeting
Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment, May 15, 2009
Family Law Institute
Co-Lecturer, Ten Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Mortgages in Today’s Lending Environment at the Highlights, August 6, 2009
Ramsey County Bar Association
Co-Lecturer, Custody Law From Start to Finish, November 20, 2009
William Mitchell College of Law
Co-Lecturer, What You Must Know About Child Custody, Parenting Time and Support, February 22, 2010