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Jody Ollyver DeSmidt - Minneapolis, MN

80 South 8th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Updated: 03/12/2018

Minneapolis Adoption Lawyer


Families come in many forms. We help clients build families through adoption, third-party custody, and assisted reproduction.

About Jody Ollyver DeSmidt

Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Appellate Practice
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Child in Need of Protection or Services
  • Custody
  • Domestic Abuse & Harassment
  • Marriage Dissolution
  • Paternity

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder and Attorney

Year Joined Firm

  • 1987


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Other Affiliations

  • American Adoption Congress, 2005 - Present (Member)
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Annual National Conference - CLE, 2002 - Present (Co-Chair)
  • Minnesota Legislative Task Force on the Uniform Parentage Act, 2001 - 2002 (Member)
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, 1992 - Present (Fellow)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1987 - Present (Member)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 1987 - Present (Member)
  • Juvenile Law of Hennepin County Bar Association, 1992 - 1995 (Co-Chair)


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1982
    Law Review: William Mitchell Law Review, Staff Member, 1980-1981, Editor, 1981-1982, 1980 - 1982
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1979
    Honors: Phi Alpha Theta
    Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • Mahoney, Walling & Kelley, Associate, 1987 - 1991
  • Wright S. Walling & Associates, Associate, 1986 - 1987
  • District Court of Minnesota, Fourth Judicial District, Honorable Allen Oleisky, Law Clerk, 1984 - 1986
  • District Court of Minnesota, Fourth Judicial District, Honorable Rolf Fosseen, Law Clerk, 1983
  • Lubov & Foster, Associate, 1982 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 1991 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, New and Emerging Issues in Juvenile Law, HCBA-CLE, May, 2002
  • Speaker, Legal Issues in Adoption, Resolve, October 13, 2001
  • Speaker, Direct Placement Adoption and Advanced Legal Topics in Adoption, Resolve, October 30, 1999
  • Speaker, Working with Social Workers and Lawyers as a Team in the Adoption Process, National Conference on Openness in Adoption, October 19, 1998
  • Speaker, Direct Placement Adoption, Resolve, October 17, 1998
  • Speaker, Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Custody and Dissolution, Volunteer Lawyers Network - CLE, June 18, 1996
  • MILE topic, March 21, 1996
  • How to Succeed In A Foster Care Adoption, Minnesota CLE, November 10, 1995
  • Panel Discussion on Visitation, Volunteer Lawyers Network - CLE, June 27, 1995
  • Adoption Law Update, Family Law Section Meeting, Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Convention, June, 1995
  • Direct Placement Adoption, Resolve, November 5, 1994
  • Guardian ad Litem Services, HSA Foster Parent Association, October 29, 1994
  • The Foster Parents Role in the Court System, HSA Foster Parent Association, November 20, 1991
  • Adoption Law, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section, November 13, 1993
  • How To Advocate For A Child In Foster Care, HSA Foster Parent Association, November 7, 1992


Other Sources of Feedback About Jody Ollyver DeSmidt

Included on the 2023 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2002 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2001 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2000 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 1999 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

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  • Named to Minnesota "Super Lawyers", 1999 - 2017

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80 South 8th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

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