Michael Boulette needed a job in 2010 when he started practicing law, and family law provided an opportunity. It wasn’t long before he understood that a family law practice would provide plenty of courtroom time and offer an expedited crack at litigating sophisticated business and financial issues.
At Barnes & Thornburg, Boulette works on high-stakes family law cases involving closely held businesses, complex valuations, executive benefits, inherited wealth, and more. Divorces at this income bracket present “triable issues” and clients who understand what to expect in the legal process. In fact, some clients understand so well that they have to hear the “just because you can doesn’t mean you should” talk from their lawyer. They may not have their options curtailed by expense, Boulette said.
Boulette has amassed an impressive number of awards in only eight years of practice, including the MSBA’s Presidents Award in 2017 and the outstanding new lawyer of the year for 2016-2017. A pro bono attorney for Harriet Tubman, the Children’s Law Center, and Central Minnesota Legal Services, he has also received the Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Service Award.
If he could tell the Legislature one improvement to make to family law, Boulette said, it would be “simplify.”