Mavis J. Van Sambeek

Tel 612.371.2497
Fax 612.371.3207

Mavis Van Sambeek has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of trust administration and estate planning issues. She represents clients with high net worth, counsels corporate and individual fiduciaries, and advises beneficiaries. Mavis has significant technical skill, both from a planning perspective and with respect to administrative, audited, and litigated matters. She also works closely with the investment advisers, family offices, financial planners, accountants, and other professionals who advise her clients.

Mavis is the creator and co-editor of the South Dakota Trust Law Deskbook, the only legal publication compiling South Dakota's trust laws. From 2010 to 2015, she served as a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section Uniform Trust Code Committee, which worked to draft and secure passage of the Minnesota Trust Code.

Judicial Clerkship

Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Activities

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

ACTEC State Committee, Member (2011–2016)

American Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section Council, Member (2000–2006), Officer (2013–2016) (Treasurer (2013), Secretary (2014), Vice-Chair (2015), Chair (2016))

State Bar of South Dakota, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, trusts and estates, 2009-2020

Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, 2016

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate, 2002–2016

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated


Founder and co-editor, South Dakota Trust Law Deskbook, Lindquist & Vennum, 2013, 2014

Contributing writer, Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, January, 2013

Speaking Engagements

ALI CLE, July, 2014

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989)
Order of the Coif

North Dakota State University (B.A., 1985, with honors)


South Dakota

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota