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Linda Olup is one of Minnesota’s most innovative family law attorneys, known for successfully helping families in transition.


Linda Olup is one of Minnesota’s leading family law attorneys. For over thirty-six years she has successfully helped individuals and families transition through the complicated maze of separation and divorce to create a bridge to their future. She is known for her creative, thoughtful, assertive representation throughout the settlement process and in litigation, if the case cannot be settled.

Her experience and creativity have also contributed to making Linda a successful mediator and early neutral evaluator, assisting opposing spouses and their attorneys in achieving settlement without depleting their liquid assets to pay for litigation.

Contact Linda Olup: (952) 835-4070

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A leader in in the legal community.

Since her career began, Linda has been a leader in the legal community. Linda is one of a handful of family lawyers who have been listed on every annual Minnesota Super Lawyers since its inception in 1991. She is routinely recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota.” She holds an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the renowned legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®, a peer review rating distinguishing her as a one of the preeminent attorneys in the United States, rated at the highest level of professional experience and ethical conduct.* Linda has also been listed as a leading divorce lawyer in the Guidebook to Law and Leading Attorneys and has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law. Linda was named to the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s list of Who’s Who in ADR.

Using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to settle family matters.

Representing men and women for more than 36 years, Linda seeks problem-solving solutions that are designed to manage clients’ emotional stress and legal expense, minimize the need for litigation, and maximize the potential for reaching a successful outcome. Linda understands that each client is unique and has different economic and emotional goals. Tailoring her approach to fit each client’s case and specific circumstances, Linda often manages the high costs associated with divorce through the use of interventions known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), to settle family matters out of court. These interventions include Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluations.

Because of her years of experience in family law, Linda is asked to mediate and serve as an early neutral evaluator on family law matters. She is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s roster of Rule 114 qualified neutrals and is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) as an arbitrator.

A seasoned negotiator and litigator.

Linda works with a team of attorneys, paralegals and experts to provide representation on a variety of cases including cases where the financial assets are modest to those cases where the financial assets are significant. She has experience working with issues involving complex businesses, executive compensation, family trusts and estates, intellectual property , tax, non-marital assets, temporary and permanent spousal maintenance, child support and child custody. She regularly counsels parents on a variety of issues, including the establishment of cooperative shared parenting agreements and sole custody arrangements when there is a basis for sole custody.

Championing the rights of children.

Throughout her career, Linda has had a strong interest in protecting the rights of children. She worked with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in creating a “Children’s Bill of Rights” for children with parents experiencing separation and divorce. Her interest in protecting the rights of children included her involvement in an amicus brief submitted by the national AAML in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Troxel.

  • Since 2003, Linda has served on the Advisory Board for the Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL) which creates personal and educational benefits and opportunities for children from financially challenged families through debate.
  • In the early 1980’s Linda was the first attorney in Minnesota to successfully secure joint physical custody for a father after the issue was presented in trial.
  • In 1994 Linda was instrumental in drafting the original language found in the parenting consultant contracts still widely used today throughout Minnesota.

Professional organizations and accomplishments

Linda is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and was one of the first females to be admitted. She is also a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar, Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations. She is a member of the American Families and Conciliation Court (AFCC) which is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.

Linda has been quoted in the New York Times regarding executive compensation and is a co-author of the Family Law treatise first published in 1992 by West Publishing (now Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading publisher of legal books), currently in its 3rd edition. She lectures and writes on a variety of topics related to divorce and family law. She has appeared on local and national television, as well as local radio talk shows.

Linda received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 1972 and her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1977.

*AV® PreeminentTM is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale- Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.