Matt Ludt, founder of Stillwater, Minnesota’s Atticus Family Law, received his law degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he participated in Temple’s nationally renowned trial advocacy program.
From Matthew’s interview for the Masters of Family Law series on ReelLawyers.com
Matt has been practicing law in Minnesota since 2003. From 2003 to 2012, he was the principal owner and senior attorney for the Law Office of M.E. Ludt, LLC, where he served clients in Washington, Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Pine, Goodhue, Sherburne, Scott, and Wright counties with their divorce, custody, child support and other legal needs. After six years of practicing law in and around the Twin Cities, Matt became licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin in May 2009. Working primarily on family law matters, his Wisconsin cases stretch along the Saint Croix Valley in Saint Croix, Polk, Pierce, Pepin, and Burnett counties.
While Matt practiced other areas of law, in 2012 he acted on his recognition that the cases that he found most gratifying were his family law cases. Motivated by his desire to help people through the complex transitions that accompany divorce and child custody matters, Matt narrowed his practice areas and founded Atticus Family Law, S. C.
Matt grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and attended college at UW-Eau Claire, where he studied Economics, Political Science, and Public Communication. Upon graduation, Matt spent a year working in Madison lobbying legislators, the Governor, and the state’s federal representatives in Washington D.C. before attending law school at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. While Matt chose Temple for its exceptional Trial Advocacy program, he appreciated the opportunity to spend time with his grandparents and family in the Philadelphia area.
When Matt returned to the Upper Midwest after law school, he lived outside Minneapolis and then near Saint Paul before he and his wife purchased a home in Stillwater, Minnesota. In 2010 the Ludts and their three dogs, Harper, Atticus, and Truman, moved to Polk County, Wisconsin where they lived with fourteen hens – Poppy, Cora, Dorothy, Doris, Fern, Harriet, Nelle, Evelyn, Minnie, Holly, Mame, Vera Charles, Violet, and Ilsa– and two French Copper Marans roosters (with big personalities) named Little Bird and Francis. In 2016 the Ludts and the remaining members of the household, Truman and Abner the cat, moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I wasn’t the first led into law by Atticus Finch, and I won’t be the last. But it is this simplicity and lack of pretension that helps it pack its considerable punch. It is accessible, touchingly human and intimate; it also tackles enduring questions of discrimination and injustice. It is also what I named my dog and my law firm after.
One part of the book has stayed with me to this day “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” Atticus tells his children. We try and live by this principle every day.
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