William Mitchell College of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1994

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1992

University of St. Thomas, B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • CPA (Inactive)
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Bob McLeod is a member of the Trusts and Estates section. He practices primarily in the areas of:

  • Estate planning
  • Taxation
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Guardianships and conservatorships

Bob counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and fiduciary litigation, and guides clients through legalities surrounding charitable gifts, wealth preservation and business succession. Additionally, he advises clients on estate- and gift-tax planning, and assists clients in drafting, administering or litigating Minnesota trust and probate matters. Bob prepares wills, trusts and related estate planning documents, including real estate transactions, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) for high net worth individuals and spends a significant amount of time representing clients in the courtroom in uncontested and contested trials, along with basic motion practice, discovery and trial practice, including before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Bob collaborated with the Minnesota Legislature on drafting the state’s probate and guardianship law, and assisted in developing the court-approved forms requested by the state for use by attorneys practicing guardianship and conservatorship law. In addition, he wrote and updated Minnesota CLE’s Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook, and wrote or co-wrote multiple articles for publication in the William Mitchell Law Review, The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles and the Journal of Taxation, among others.

Bob is a frequent public speaker on topics surrounding estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor for trusts and estates law and estate and gift tax law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law since 1995. Bob is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with experience at a large accounting firm.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Spotlight on Pro Bono Service, National Law Journal
  • Presidential Commendation, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Outstanding Service Award, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Supreme Court award for pro bono service on state forms
  • Leonard Lindquist Pro Bono Service Award
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Fellow

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Probate and Trust Section Council, Former Member
  • Probate and Trust Section Council, Former Chair
  • Legislation Committee for the Probate and Trust Section, Former Member
  • Legislation Committee for the Probate and Trust Section, Former Co-Chair
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship Statutory Re-Drafting Committee, Member
  • Trust Law Statutory Re-Drafting Committee, Former Member
  • Power of Attorney Committee, Member

Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

  • Ramsey County Ethics Committee, Former Member

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Adjunct Professor

National Guardianship Association, Former Board Member

Stevens Square Foundation, Former Member

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA), Former Member

  • President, March 2016-2018
  • Board Member, 2009-2018

Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Former Board Member

ACTEC Elder Law Committee, Former Member

Young Lawyers Division Tax Planning Committee, Former Vice-Chair

American Bar Association, Former Member