Lymari J. Santana

Lymari J. Santana

Attorney/Mediator
Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone:
612-200-2822
800-219-0858
Fax:
612-605-0968
Email:

As one of the founding shareholders of Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C., Lymari J. Santana brings to the practice of family law over twenty years of litigation and trial experience, and a diverse background.  Lymari has been practicing law since 1994, focusing exclusively on family law litigation since 2000.  She co-founded Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C. in 2004.

Lymari has successfully represented clients in complex high asset and high net-worth divorce cases.  She is also experienced in effectively representing clients facing challenging and complicated custody, parenting time and financial issues in divorce cases, paternity cases, post-divorce modifications and enforcement of court orders.  Lymari excels in providing strong, dynamic advocacy for her clients, combined with efficient, creative legal services.  She is also a Qualified Mediator under Rule 114, which provides a cost-effective option for those parties looking for a neutral professional to assist them with resolving legal disputes through agreement.

Lymari has been listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2007, and she was listed in the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2012, and Top 100 Minnesota Women Super Lawyers lists in 2007 and 2009.  She was previously selected as a Minnesota Rising Star from 2005 through 2007 by Minnesota Law & Politics.  As a former partner with the WCCO News Radio Real Estate Hour, Lymari has been a guest on the live show to answer questions and speak about divorce and real estate issues. Lymari lectures frequently on family law topics for continuing legal education courses, and she has co-authored several published articles on a wide-range of family law issues.

Lymari received a bilingual education and she speaks, reads and writes Spanish as fluently as English.  She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, on an Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and earned a degree in political science with honors in 1991.  After graduation, Lymari moved to Detroit, Michigan, to pursue a law degree at Michigan State University College of Law.  After graduating from law school in 1994, Lymari served as an attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) for nearly five years.  Initially, Lymari advised soldiers and their families on family law issues, tax issues, consumer law and wills and estates.  Lymari finished her military career after serving a tour of duty as a criminal defense lawyer with the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.  In 2000, Lymari brought her litigation experience to family law when she relocated to establish a private practice in the Twin Cities.

Lymari has worked as a lawyer-volunteer for the Hennepin County Family Court Settlement Program.  She has also worked as a lawyer-volunteer for the Spanish LAW Clinics at Tubman (a non-profit organization), providing assistance on family law issues to individuals who have difficulty with speaking English or who do not speak English at all.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Support, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Marital and Non-Marital Property Distribution
  • Divorce Mediation, Family Law Mediation
  • Marital Agreements, Marital Property Settlements, Uncontested Divorce
  • Legal Separation Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Post Divorce Modification, Interstate Support
  • Domestic Abuse, Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1994
  • Minnesota, 2000

Education

  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - June, 1994
    • Law Journal: Journal of International Law & Practice
  • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Army Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Creative Solutions from Practitioners in Dealing with Real Property Issues and the Increase in Drafting Language to Deal with the Possibility of Foreclosures in J&Ds, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, Winter, 2011
  • Co-Author, Child Support (Chapter 1), The Family Law Financial Deskbook, (Stephen Denis ed., 1st edition 2008 and updates), Minnesota CLE , 2008
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in a Marriage Dissolution, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, Summer, 2007
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in A Marriage Dissolution, Law Watch, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Volume 17, Issue 2, Summer, 2006
  • Author, Chapter 4 - Commencing the Dissolution Proceeding, Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook, eFormbook, First Edition (Editors Rodman & Moberg), MN CLE, 2015
  • Co-Author, Child Support (Chapter 1), Family Law Financial Deskbook, Stephen G. Dennis ed., 2nd edition, Minnesota CLE, April 2014
  • Co-Author, Child Support (Chapter 1), Family Law Financial Deskbook, (Stephen G. Dennis ed., 1st edition 2008, 2009 and 2012 update), Minnesota CLE, 2008, 2009 and 2012
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in A Marriage Dissolution, eWatch, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Volume 17, Issue 2, Summer 2006
  • Co-Author, Division of A Business in a Marriage Dissolution, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Forum, Vol. 16, No. 1, Summer 2007
  • Co-Author, Creative Solutions from Practitioners in Dealing with Real Property Issues and the Increase in Drafting Language to Deal with the Possibility of Foreclosures in J&Ds, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Forum, Vol. 19, No. 1, Winter 2010/11

Classes/Seminars

  • Co-presenter, Immigration Issues in Family Law, Webinar, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Statewide Virtual Conference, October 10, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice, Highlights of the Family Law Institute, MN CLE, August 1, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Family Law Basics: Child Support, MN CLE, January 1, 2011
  • Panel Member, Dealing with Difficult Lawyers, Clients and Judges, MN CLE New Lawyer Experience, July 7, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Webcast - Advanced Family Law Series: When Corporate Equity Interests are Marital Assets - Treatment in Divorce, MN CLE, June 29, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, How to Handle a Divorce in Minnesota, Managing the Early Stages of Divorce, MN CLE, August 27, 2015
  • Panel Member, 10th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute, Diversity Panel, MN CLE, April 17, 2014
  • Co-presenter, Family Law Financial Desk book Seminar, MN CLE, May 16, 2014
  • Co-Presenter, "Important Family Law Considerations in Criminal Cases", 48th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, Minnesota CLE, August 26, 2013
  • Panel Member, Pioneers in the Law: Latino Lawyers, Minnesota CLE Webinar, June 24, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, Elimination of Bias Panel: Working with Family Law Clients from Diverse Cultures, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, March 19, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Basics, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, March 20, 2013
  • Co-presenter, Dealing with Difficult Lawyers, Clients and Judges, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, July 19, 2012
  • Co-presenter, MLM: Creating a Business Plan for a New or Small Firm, National Webinar, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co., April 26, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Basics, Minnesota CLE, June 1, 2012
  • Co-presenter, Cocktail Party Law, Quick Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask, Real Estate Institute, MN CLE, November 10, 2012
  • Co-presenter, Family Law Financial Matters, panel discussion on the 2012 Child Support Update for the Family Law Financial Desk book and panel discussion on Common Financial Mistakes that Family Lawyers make in Divorce cases, MN CLE, May 17, 2012
  • Co-presenter, How to Start and Build a Successful Practice, How do I get Clients?, panel, MN CLE, March 20, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012
  • Co-presenter, Highlights of the Family Law Institute 2011, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice, MN CLE, August 17, 2011
  • Co-presenter, MLM: Getting Paid Ethically - Top Billing Systems and Tips For Avoiding Billing Problems, National Webinar, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Ins. Co., October 28, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Family Law and the New Bankruptcy Reform Act, Bankruptcy Seminar, Minnesota CLE, May 2006
  • Co-Presenter, The Basics of Child Support and Spousal Maintenance, Family Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2009
  • Co-Presenter, Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders, Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention, June 2008 and 2009
  • Co-presenter, Quick Answers to the Legal Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask You at Cocktail Parties, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, July 8, 2010
  • Co-presenter, Quick Answers to the Legal Questions that Friends, Relatives & Strangers Will Ask You at Cocktail Parties, The New Lawyer Experience, MN CLE, January 26, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Introduction to Family Law, The Basics of Child Support, MN CLE, January 19, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Maintaining Boundaries in Family Law Practice, Family Law Institute, MN CLE, March 28-29, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Creative Solutions For Dealing With Real Estate Issues Arising From The Downturn In The Real Estate Market And Material Changes To The Mortgage Qualification Process, Ramsey County Bar Association, Family Law Section, May 25, 2011
  • Co-presenter, Immigration Issues in Family Law Cases, Webinar, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, June 8, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal, for Service as a Defense Counsel in the Army, 1998 - 2000
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005 - 2007
  • Selected, One of Minnesota's 25 On the Rise by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, 2005
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, 2005 - 2007
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2015
  • Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps, Attorney/Captain, 1995 - 2000
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, Family Law Section
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Organization Secretary, 2001 - 2003
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Past-President, 2005 - 2006
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, President-Elect, 2003 - 2004
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, President, 2004 - 2005
  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, MN Chapter, Member
  • National Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • WCCO News Radio Real Estate Hour, and guest speaker on the live show Saturdays at 10am, Partner
  • National Professional Women’s Association (NPWA), Member
  • CLE Committee, 35th Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention: El Futuro Sin Límite/Future Without Limits, Minneapolis MN 2010
  • Planning Committee, Annual Conference, AFCC MN Chapter, Minnesota Families: Is "Justice and Fairness For All" Possible? 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Captain, United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps, 1995 - 2000
  • U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Defense Counsel, 1998 - 2000
  • U.S. Army, Ft. McClellan, Prosecutor, Administrative Law Attorney, 1995 - 1998
  • Assistant, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, 1995 - 1998
  • James M. Hacker, P.C., in Mount Clemens, Michigan, General Litigation, 1993 - 1995
  • Village of New Haven, Assistant Prosecutor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Hennepin County Family Court Settlement Program
  • Volunteer, Hennepin County Family Court Unbundled Legal Services
  • Volunteer, Spanish LAW Clinics, Tubman/Chrysalis
  • Habitat for Humanity, Law Day Law Clinics, MHBA law student mentorship program
  • Chrysalis Spanish Law Clinic

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish