Kristy A. Mara

Kristy A. Mara

Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1997
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: With Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Professional Memberships and Committee Involvement

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2017 – present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer (2007 – present)
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Family Law Section Member

Achievements and Awards

  • Named a 2005 Rising Star by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2014-present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2016-present


  • Co-Presenter, “Differentiating Active vs. Passive Appreciation of a Business Interest,” 2019 Advanced Family Law Series, Minnesota CLE, November 2019
  • Presenter, “Family Law Series: The Impact of Immigration on Family Law Matters,” Minnesota CLE, November 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Effective Use of Financial Experts,” AAML Divorce Camp CLE, September 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Divorce Law for Estate Planners,” Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, February 2012
  • "20/20 Foresight: Strategies for Protecting a Business and its Employees During a Divorce", Corporate Practice Institute CLE, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2002

Published Works

  • "Real Estate Transfers After A Divorce," co-authored with Lisa Lindenfelser, Fredrikson & Byron Family Law Focus Newsletter, March, 2005
  • “Traveling Abroad After 9-11: Weeding Through the Red Tape", co-authored with Judy Engel, Family Law Forum, 2002
  • “Employer Withholding of Child Support in Minnesota,” co-authored with Judy Engel, FredNEWS: Employment & Labor, December 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Fredrikson & Byron Family Law Group, 1997 - 2017
  • Swaden Law Offices, Legal Clerk, 1996 - 1997

Kristy (formerly Kristy A. K. Rodd) has been practicing family law for over 22 years.  She creates customized solutions for her clients.  Kristy openly communicates with clients throughout the case so the end result is the best possible outcome.

Whether a business-person, a professional or stay-at-home parent, experiencing any legal process in one’s personal life is unnerving.  Kristy gets to know each client as an individual; and tailors the communications and case strategy to meet his or her needs and goals.  Although she is an experienced litigator, she is equally comfortable creating settlement solutions for her clients.  She uses her analytical skills to master the facts and finances for an ideal position for her clients at settlement or trial.

Kristy provides an honest assessment of how the process will work for her clients.  When strategizing with a client, Kristy analyzes and quantifies all aspects of the case balancing the costs and benefits.  She breaks down complex matters into basic dollars and cents for her clients and uses her expertise to guide them in their decision on whether to settle or go to trial.

Kristy focuses her practice on complex litigation including:  valuation of closely-held businesses and corporations, allocation of retirement plans and benefits, analysis of executive compensation, personal and corporate taxation issues, property division, maintenance and alimony, and child custody and support.



Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro bono attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Network, 1997 - Present


  • Phi Kappa Phi