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Mary ShearenMary Shearen
Mary E. Shearen
60 South Sixth Street
Suite 2700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
P 612.341.9716
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My mission is to help educate my clients so they can make the decisions that are best for them.

Mary E. Shearen’s practice includes estate planning, probates, trusts and wealth transfer for clients at all levels of wealth. She provides customized, client-friendly services for individuals seeking estate planning help or help with estate services, trustees needing help administering trusts and trust beneficiaries regarding trust issues.

Mary is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, served as Chair of the Legislation Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the Minnesota Bar Association, and has served on the Probate and Trust Section Council and General Assembly of the Minnesota Bar Association. Prior to joining Best & Flanagan, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for the U. S. Mary is also a registered nurse.

Mary plays an active role in community affairs, having served as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) and as Secretary of the St. Catherine Alumnae Board. She taught estate planning at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, served as chair for Friends of St. Paul College Foundation Board, and is on the board of Pathways.

Mary was honored with the St. Catherine University 2015 Alumnae Award. Mary has been named a “Best Lawyer in America” for 2014-present. She also has been named a “Super Lawyer” (2005–present), one of the “Top 100 Women Lawyers in Minnesota” (2007–present), one of the “Top Women in Finance” in 2011, a Five State Financial Service Provider in 2016 and 2018, and as one of the “Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyers in Minnesota” (2007–08).

Related Practices
William Mitchell College of Law, 1988, J.D., summa cum laude


College of St. Catherine, 1975, B.A., Nursing
State of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
Firm News
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Probate and Trust Law Section; Legislation Committee, member 1999-present; Chair 2004-08; Member, Section Council, 2005-2011)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
  • Chambers High Net Worth, 2019-present
    • Band 1 Attorney, Private Wealth Law - Minnesota
  • Five State Financial Service Provider, 2016, 2018
  • St. Catherine University Alumnae Award, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-present
  • "Top Women in Finance," 2011
  • "Top 100 Women Lawyers in Minnesota," 2007
  • "Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyers in Minnesota," 2007-2008
  • Super Lawyer, 2005-present

Best & Flanagan has an enduring commitment to the communities in which we live and practice. We recognize that we have to be purposeful to achieve real and lasting change. To that end, the firm has made a gift to the Lake Street Council’s “We Love Lake Street” fund in an effort to stand with our community members and invest in healing our city.