Marya P. Robben

Marya P. Robben
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Media & Presentations
  • Professional & Community
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3933
F 612.371.3207
Shelly Parker-Thompson
T 612.371.3908
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota

Marya Robben practices in the areas of estate planning; estate and gift taxation; fiduciary representation; probate administration; trust formation and administration; and  guardianship and conservatorship law.

She was elected to The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.

Marya frequently writes and speaks on estate planning and probate matters, advanced planning matters, including dynasty trusts and intentionally defective grantor trusts, marital deduction planning, disclaimer planning, guardianship and conservatorship topics, business succession planning, and fiduciary duties to other professionals.

Awards & Recognition
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota (2016)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers (2015, 2016)
  • Best Lawyers In America - Trusts and Estates Law (2015, 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ “Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Trusts and Estates,’” AV-Preeminent rating (2013)
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2013)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2006–2008, 2011–2012) 
  • Assisted private client form irrevocable grantor trusts for gift planning and structure funding to include part gift and part sale in a way that transferred assets free of all estate and gift transfer taxes for multiple generations through South Dakota dynasty trust.
  • Represented professional trust company to obtain court approval for termination of contested trust, approval of proposed distribution plan, and approval of trustee actions where trust had existed for several decades with illiquid assets.
  • Guided closely held business owners through creation of irrevocable trusts as part of holistic estate plan prior to liquidity event so as to save several million dollars in future estate taxes.
  • Assist physician and spouse create understandable, holistic estate plan to address needs of family, including minor children, in event of incapacity or death and sheltering life insurance assets in an irrevocable life insurance trust so that policy proceeds would not be subject to state or federal estate taxes.
  • Navigated court proceedings to assist trust beneficiary change professional trustee where terms of trust instrument are silent regarding removal of trustee and appointment of new trustee.
  • Assist individual attorney-in-fact navigate powers and duties while facing uncooperative and problematic co-fiduciary where assets included revocable trust, investment accounts, real estate and other assets.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
Legal Alerts
"'But She Got More!' How a Planner Can Help Keep Unequal Inheritances from Tearing a Family Apart," Interviewee, Financial Planning, November 2014
“Minnesota Enacts State Gift Tax and Expands State Estate Tax for Residents and Nonresidents,” Trusts & Estates online Wealth Management newsletter
“Estate Planning with Life Insurance Policies – Reduce Potential Liability Claims While Improving a Client’s Estate Plan,” American Bar Association Probate and Property Journal
“Estate Planning for Estates of Less Than $10 Million”, Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council
“Navigating Fiduciary Duties for Family Offices”, South Dakota Trust Company
“Unwinding, Revising & Administering The Unwanted Irrevocable Trust Plan,” American College of Trust & Estate Council
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
Professional & Community


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • The Foundation of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Inaugural Legacy Advisor Member
  • Normandale Community College Foundation, Board Member
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3933
F 612.371.3207
Shelly Parker-Thompson
T 612.371.3908
  • University of Minnesota Law School

    (J.D., cum laude, 1998)

  • Marquette University

    (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995)

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota

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