A prominent family law practitioner known for managing the “tough stuff” in divorce and related parenting cases, Susan C. Rhode uses her legal leadership to smooth and resolve the transitional challenges that many of her clients experience. She has represented clients in several of Minnesota’s leading cases concerning nonmarital property, spousal maintenance, and premarital agreements.

A four-time selectee of The Best Lawyers in Americas “Lawyer of the Year” honor in the area of family law in Minneapolis, Susan also works extensively as a mediator, consensual special magistrate, arbitrator, neutral evaluator, and parenting coordinator. The well-being of children in divorce is an area of particular care and concern for Susan, a reflection of her prior experience as an educator and her commitment to children’s issues.

Working beyond traditional family law counsel, Susan not only represents clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums, but also manages and facilitates the ADR process for other counsel and their clients.



Hamline University School of Law, J.D.

University of North Dakota, M.A., Speech/Theater

University of North Dakota, B.S., Education

Certifications / Specialties

  • Family law mediation certified training, Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution, Hamline University (Aug. 1995)
  • Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice: Family Adjudicative, Family Facilitative/Hybrid, and Family Evaluative Rosters


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Honors & Recognitions

Minnesota Super Lawyers "Top 50 Women" and "Top 100" lists (2014-present)

Minnesota Super Lawyers "Top 10" list (2014-2019, 2022)

Minnesota Super Lawyers (2003-present)

The Best Lawyers in America (1995-present)

The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Family Law, Minneapolis (2010, 2012, 2014)

The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Family Law Mediation, Minneapolis (2013)

Hennepin County Bar Association, Professionalism Award (2006)

Recognition for Early Neutral Evaluation Statement Training Programs, Minnesota Judicial Council


  • French

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements


Professional Associations

  • Mediator, Family Law Appellate Program (appointed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals)
  • Member (2011-2013) and chairperson (2012), Minnesota ADR Ethics Board
  • Chairperson, Minnesota Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee (2010-2016)
  • Hennepin County Early Case Management and Early Neutral Evaluation Statewide Steering Committee (2004-2015)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, national and Minnesota chapters
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, national and Minnesota chapters
  • The Warren E. Burger American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Board of Trustees

Board Memberships

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law Board of Trustees

Community Involvement

  • Director and co-chair, Development Committee, Courage Kenny Foundation (2013-present)