Carol M. Grant

Carol M. Grant

Of Counsel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Carol Grant has the unique perspective of a Certified Financial Planner, with advanced Certified Divorce Planner education in the financial intricacies of property and retirement plan division, support and alimony (spousal maintenance). She has specialized income tax training. She has held professional licenses in securities, life and health insurance.

She is collaborative as desired but takes a very aggressive approach if requested, and has been very successful resolving family law cases with will, trust and estate issues (will changes during divorce ore prenuptial agreements, for example) or criminal features (orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, abuse or assault allegations) due to her skills in these related areas.

Ms. Grant has drafted hundreds of wills and trusts if requested after a free consultation. Basic documents, such as wills and trusts, are reasonable in cost. Unlike most estate attorneys, she has the litigation background and trial experience to fight to protect her clients' share of estates if required. She drafts documents to prevent litigation.

Ms. Grant is frequently has been asked to assume representation when a client is dissatisfied with their former attorney and has been able to bring a different, fresh perspective to these cases, resulting in their successful conclusion. She has frequently been asked to do appeals of cases where other lawyers have lost, as she has extensive experience arguing appeals.

Ms. Grant's 40-plus years of experience have caused her to be efficient and effective. She likes her clients and her clients like her, and are very specific and frequent in their praise of her work. Sample comments among thousands include, "You helped me achieve the best possible outcome," "Too much to say to give proper reflection and complete thanks ...! feel somewhat like when a person won an Academy Award. One cannot say enough ...Almost unbelievable the attorneys fees awarded ($45,000)", "In this proceeding [the other party] admitted only what he knew [Ms. Grant] could prove. Everything else he claimed were lies. Investigation and hard work by Ms. Grant exposed many of his lies." (District Court Judge).

Appointments/Invitations to Testify

Minnesota Supreme Court Commission on Rules Governing Access to Public Records. State of Minnesota Regulation of Psychotherapists Task Force (Gubernatorial appointment)
Governor's Commission on Court Unification
Lutheran Church in the United States Reproductive Technologies Task Force Minnesota Supreme Court: Commission on Cameras in the Courtroom


French, Spanish. Certificat Pratique de Francais Commercial et Economique, by examination administered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Minnesota winner, Dictee des Ameriques contest concluding in Quebec City.

Areas of Practice

  • 70% Family Law
  • 20% Will, Trust, Estate planning
  • 5% Criminal Law
  • 5% Appeals and Other

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Certified Divorce Planner training in the financial intricacies of property and retirement plan division, support and maintenance

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Employed by Mead Data Central to create program to teach LEXIS to attorneys in 1976
    • Honors: MENSA Member
    • Honors: Certified Secondary Teacher
    • Law Review: Law Review Participant, Author, 1975 - 1976
  • Macalester College, St. Paul
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: National Debate Tournament Octafinalist
    • Honors: Employed by Governor's Council of Economic Advisors
    • Honors: Northwestern National Bank Board of Directors Marketing Committee
    • Major: Economics, Speech/Communication

Published Works

  • Procedural Due Process in Parole Release Proceedings, Minnesota Law Review 341 (1976)
  • Minnesota Criminal Jury Trial Handbook (1988)
  • Sports Injury-Intentional Acts, 18 American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts 2d 217 (1979)
  • Rape by Spouse: Prosecution is in the Public Interest, Minnesota Trial Lawyer (March, 1979)
  • Review of Search and Seizure: A Treatise on the Fourth Amendment, Minnesota Trial Lawyer (May-June, 1979)
  • Effective Discovery in Criminal Cases, American Trial Lawyers' Trial Magazine (Dec. 1979)
  • Attorney-Client Privilege and Proposed Code of Professional Responsibility, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Criminal Defense Magazine (1981)
  • Please Bargaining in Sex-Related Cases, National College of Advocacy, Settlement and Plea Bargaining (1981)
  • In Defense of the Insanity Defense, used at seminar for legislators
  • Impact of Sentencing Guidelines Upon Minorities, Minnesota Project: Coalition of Racial Minorities on the Question of Race & Sentencing (1981)
  • Evidentiary Issues in Federal Conspiracy Cases, Federal Criminal Practice (Advanced Legal Education January 15, 1982
  • The Law Governing Jury Selection in Criminal Cases (Professional Education Systems 1982)
  • Driving While Intoxicated and Related Cases: A Structural Analysis, Defending the Drunk Driving Charge (Professional Education Systems 1982)
  • Sequestration of Jurors: Medicine Necessary to Prevent Tainted Verdict and Expensive New Trials, Minnesota Trial Lawyer (March-April, 1982)
  • Fourth Judicial District Arbitration Training materials, requested by the Fourth Judicial District Court
  • Negotiation Training: Student Materials and Teachers' Manual (1997)
  • Evolution of Criminal Law and Procedure 1900-2000, Minnesota State Bar Association Millennium publication (1999)
  • How to Seek Attorneys Fees on Appeal, Family Law Forum (Nov. 1999)
  • Millenium History Project of the Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Trial Skills, Hamline University School of Law
  • Fourth Judicial District Arbitration and Mediation Training for Attorneys
  • Taxation and Dissolution Continuing Legal Education
  • American Bar Association/American Trial Lawyers Association: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Continuing Legal Education in Louisville, Kentucky; Madison, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; Minnesota (numerous/annual institutes)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Advanced Police Training
  • Minnesota Medical Association
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Midwest Regional Conferences on Women and the Law: Ohio and Minnesota
  • Minnesota Court Reporters' State Convention
  • University of Buenos Aires
  • First International Latvia Lawyers' Congress on development of country's Constitution

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2013 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Meshbesher, Singer and Spence, Partner, 1976 - 1984
  • Board of Directors, Terra Institute, Limited, Mt. Horab, Wisconsin. International consulting firm, 1997-present
  • H&R Block Tax Preparer course work. Study of personal income tax preparation, including 66 hours in-class work and completion of examinations, 1995
  • Owner, Home & Host International, 2445 Park Ave., Mpls., MN. Private residential placements in former USSR, Mongolia, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic, supplier of Russia/republics rail for RaiiEurope, supplier of B&B's for VAO Intourist, 1989-1994
  • Administrative rule writer/Administrative Law Judge, State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155; Office of Administrative Hearings. Rule-making and policy development, 1985-1997
  • President, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Inc., 1983
  • Partner, MeshbesherSinger & Spence, 1616 Park Ave., Mpls., MN 55404, 1976-1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • Tubman/Chrysalis, 1988 - 2016


  • French
  • Spanish