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Carly West Holler

Fax: (763) 295-5165

With a focus on family law and related issues, Carly West Holler understands that few areas of the law are as personal or fraught with emotion as matters concerning family. She knows that individuals faced with the challenge of dissolving a marriage require an attorney who is sensitive to their needs and the emotional impact of divorce, yet is also practical in her approach, addressing such issues as financial obligations, tax consequences, business valuation and the long-term interests of children. She is known for her ability to combine a sensitive approach with the determination and expertise to achieve her clients’ objectives.

Of course, not all family law matters entail divorce. Ms. West Holler also has experience in handling matters involving orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, spousal maintenance, child support, child custody, grandparents rights, alternative dispute resolution, or the happy circumstances of adoption, as well as the proactive step of drafting pre-nuptial agreements and pre-dissolution strategy.

With the understanding that every client’s personal and family situation is different, Ms. West Holler listens carefully to their concerns and structures her services to meet their needs. Whether it involves drafting a pre-nuptial agreement, negotiating a separation and property settlement agreement or valuing and distributing assets, Ms. West Holler provides the strategic thinking necessary to guide her clients through a very difficult time in their lives.

Prior to joining the Family Law team at Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell & Erickson, Ms. West Holler served as a contract associate at various metro area law firms in the areas of family law, criminal law, education law and employment law. While in law school, she volunteered her time to the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s family law clinics, served as a law clerk at a mid-sized Minneapolis law firm, as well as holding leadership roles in various student led practice area organizations.

Practice Areas

  • Family law
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time
  • Mediator
  • Social Early Neutral Evaluator
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Prenuptial agreements


  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Morris, May 2005
  • Majors in Sociology and Anthropology, Minor in Women’s Studies
  • Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law, May 2011
    Law School Public Service Program Award Recipient


  • Minnesota Supreme Court 2011
  • United States District Court for District of Minnesota 2013
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Certification
  • Social Early Neutral Evaluator

Memberships and Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Family Law Professionals
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts