About Mary P. Mooney



Mary P. Mooney has been providing thoughtful, effective, and compassionate representation to clients based on a solid background of almost 40 years of experience in legal analysis, research, and writing as well as experience in hearings and trial settings. 

During that time, she has represented hundreds of clients, men and women, young and old, providing legal services in numerous proceedings throughout the metropolitan area as well as greater Minnesota including representation in divorce and family law matters, probate and estate matters, juvenile law, and residential real estate sales and purchases from both the buyer and seller perspectives. For a more complete listing of services provided, please click on Services. 



Mary received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1979.  During law school, she was on the Hamline Law Review and the Dean's List. She was Treasurer, Student Bar Association, and Captain of the Powderpuff Football Team.            


Prior to law school, she attended the University of Minnesota Morris where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration on child development. Additional areas of study were in the fields of biology, German, and theater. She was on the Dean's List. She served as a member of the All University Senate and as the International Study and Travel Coordinator. She also wrote for the student newspaper.                                                                                    



 During her almost 40 year career, Mary was an Assistant County Attorney handling all juvenile proceedings regarding dependency, neglect, termination of parental rights, and delinquency including detention,  adjudication and disposition hearings. She helped establish the first county-wide Interdisciplinary Child Abuse Team. She also handled commitment hearings, IV-D work, child support, paternity, and contempt proceedings, and matters related to probate, misdemeanor and felony cases.                                                                                                    

Mary has been in private practice for almost 37 years handling divorce and family law issues, probate proceedings, wills, estate planning and related matters, juvenile hearings, residential real estate sales and purchases, and other legal matters. She is a firm believer in alternative dispute resolution having received her initial training as a mediator in 1987.                                                                                                                 

She served as a Settlement Conference Referee in Hennepin County District Court for 9 years during which she assisted the parties and counsel with outstanding issues, conducted settlement negotiations, issued interim orders regarding discovery matters, took testimony from the parties, and reviewed and signed proposed divorce decrees. Ms. Mooney has also served as a Mediator for Ramsey County District Court,  assisting parties and counsel in settling pending family court proceedings.                           



  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section


  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 10 Best Law Firms in Minnesota, Client Satisfaction,  2015, 2017-2018, 2019 
  • Who's Who Top Attorneys Of North America, 2016-2017 


  • Cooperative Practice Network, Minnesota, Membership Chair     
  • Tubman-Chrysalis, Volunteer Attorney, 37 years
  • Domestic Abuse Project, Former Vice-Chair and Past Board Member
  • Patrick Henry High School Site Council, Past Co-Chair and Past Council Member


  •  Photography, Traveling, the Great Outdoors, and Mystery Novels