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  • William Mitchell College of Law
    J.D., 1992)
  • William Mitchell College of Law
    LL.M, 1994)
  • University of St. Thomas


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Robert A. McLeod


4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T (612) 371-3272
F (612) 371-3207

Bob McLeod practices exclusively in the area of estate planning and probate, working with clients to create plans for business succession, charitable gifts, and wealth preservation, and assisting with advanced estate- and gift-tax planning. He applies years of experience to help executors, trustees, guardians, and conservators navigate the quickest route through the judicial process.
Bob collaborated with the Minnesota Legislature on drafting significant portions of the state’s trust, probate, and guardianship law, and developed the court-approved forms that every Minnesota attorney is asked to use when practicing guardianship and conservatorship law. He wrote and updated Minnesota CLE’s Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook. His additional writing credits include articles for the William Mitchell Law Review, The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles, and the Journal of Taxation.

Representative Experience
  • In re: Guardianship and Conservatorship of Jeffers Tschumy, ___ N.W.2d ____ (Minn. 2014); 834 N.W.2d 190 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013). This Supreme Court case addresses the power of a guardian over a ward’s end-of-life care including terminating life support.
  • Greer v. Professional Fiduciary, Inc. et al. 792 N.W.2d 120 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011).
    This case involved the effect of final orders in probate proceedings.
  • Gellert v. Eginton, 770 N.W.2d 190 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009). This case addressed the capacity to execute a deed and the applicability of a probate attorney fee statute in litigated civil claims.
  • In Re Estate of James Palmer, Deceased, 658 N.W.2d 197 (Minn. 2003).  This Supreme Court case involves the definition of children in the probate court system.
  • Advanced Trust planning to transfer substantial family wealth into South Dakota Dynasty Trusts.
  • Asset Protection Trust planning
  • Advanced Grantor Trust planning

Honors and Awards
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers (2004–2014)
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2012)
  • MSBA Presidential Commendation Award (2011)
  • Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award (2005)
  • Outstanding Service Award, Minnesota State Bar Association (2005)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Certificate of Appreciation

Community Involvement
  • Adjunct Judicial Officer, Probate Court (2013)