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  • University of Minnesota Law School
    J.D., cum laude, 1998)
  • Marquette University
    B.A., magna cum laude, 1995)


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Marya P. Robben


4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T (612) 371-3933
F (612) 371-3207

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.

Representative Experience
  • 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

Presentations and Publications
  • “Stein on Probate”, LexisNexis (annually)
  • "'But She Got More!' How a Planner Can Help Keep Unequal Inheritances from Tearing a Family Apart," Interviewee, Financial Planning (November 2014)
  • “Estate Planning for Estates of Less Than $10 Million”, Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council (October 2014)
  • “Navigating Fiduciary Duties for Family Offices”, South Dakota Trust Company (May 2014)
  • “Recent Changes Are Making Charitable Giving More Personal,” Twin Cities Business Journal (March 2014)
  • “Unwinding, Revising & Administering The Unwanted Irrevocable Trust Plan,” American College of Trust & Estate Council (December 2013)
  • “Selected Issues in Post-Mortem Planning,” American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Section (September 2013)
  •  “Correcting 2012 Estate Planning Errors,” ALI-ABA (July 2013)
  • “Minnesota Enacts State Gift Tax and Expands State Estate Tax for Residents and Nonresidents,” Trusts & Estates online Wealth Management newsletter (July 2013) 
  • “Due to U.S. Supreme Court Order and New Minnesota Law, Marital Deduction Gift and Estate Tax Planning Is Available to Same-Sex Spouses in Minnesota as of August 1, 2013” Lindquist & Vennum, Trusts and Estates Legal Alert (June 2013)
  • “New Minnesota Gift Tax and Changes to Minnesota Estate Tax”, Lindquist & Vennum, Trusts and Estates Legal Alert (May 2013)
  • “Guardianships and Conservatorships and the Adjunct Judicial Officer Program,” Minnesota CLE (February 2012)
  • “Disclaimers – Planning and Administration,” Hennepin County Bar Association (December 2011)
  • “Dynasty Trusts,” American Bar Association Section of Taxation (October 2011)
  • “Disclaimers – Planning and Administration,” Minnesota CLE and MSBA 37th Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference (June 2011)
  • “§ 674: Planning for Grantor Trusts,” American Bar Association Section of Taxation (September 2010, May 2011)
  • “Fiduciary Litigation: The Best Defense is a Good Offense,” Minnesota CLE and MSBA 36th Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference (June 2010)
  • “Planning for a Client’s Incapacity,” Hennepin County Bar Association (May 2010)
  • “Estate Planning for Business Owners”, Ramsey County Bar Association (January 2010)
  • “The Uses and Considerations of GRATs and QPRTs,” American Bar Association Section of Taxation  (January 2010)
  • “Estate Planning with Life Insurance Policies – Reduce Potential Liability Claims While Improving a Client’s Estate Plan,” American Bar Association Probate and Property Journal (January 2010)

  • Best Lawyers In America - Trusts and Estates Law (2015)
  • 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)