About Mary P. Mooney



Mary P. Mooney has been providing thoughtful, effective, and compassionate representation to clients based on a solid background of over 38 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 in legal education from Hamline University School of Law in 1979. While at law school, she was a member of the Hamline Law Review and was on the Dean's List. She also served as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and enjoyed being Captain of the annual Student-Faculty Powderpuff Football Game.  


Prior to entering 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 concentration while at college were in the fields of biology, German and theater. While at the University of Minnesota Morris, she was on the Dean's List. She was a member of the All University Senate and served as the International Study and Travel Coordinator. She was also a columnist for the student newspaper.



During her 38 year career, Mary served as an Assistant County Attorney where she handled contested and uncontested juvenile proceedings regarding dependency, neglect, termination of parental rights, and delinquency as well as detention, adjudication and disposition hearings. She helped establish the first county-wide Interdisciplinary Child Abuse Team. She also handled commitment hearings and all IV-D work including child support, paternity and contempt proceedings as well as matters related to probate proceedings. She also handled various misdemeanor and felony cases. 


Mary has been in private practice for 35 years handling divorce and family law matters, probate proceedings, estate planning and related matters, juvenile proceedings , 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 in addressing outstanding issues, conducted settlement negotiations, issued interim orders relative to 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


  • Chrysalis-Tubman Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Domestic Abuse Project, Former Vice-Chair and Past Board Member
  • Patrick Henry High School Site Council, Past Co-Chair and Past Council Member


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


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