Sally Stolen Grossman

Sally Stolen Grossman counsels individuals, business owners, and their families nationally on business succession planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation. She helps clients determine their objectives and then develop strategies to meet those objectives. Those objectives often include preserving wealth for future generations, transitioning the family business, providing sufficient liquidity for a spouse, protecting children’s inheritance, benefitting charity, and minimizing gift, estate, and income taxes.

She works with family-held business owners to develop succession plans to transition the business to younger generations, third-party buyers, or employees. Sally also has extensive experience counseling families in the administration of large, complex estates and trusts that hold significant family or closely held business interests. Sally’s clients appreciate her ability to keep them focused on their legacy and to simplify the often complex tools that could be used to implement their plans. She helps her clients avoid analysis paralysis. Estate and business succession planning can require clients to make difficult choices, but Sally keeps these choices as simple as possible.

Sally connects with her clients on a deeply personal level, whether she is serving as estate planning counsel, administering an estate or trust, working with a business owner to develop a transition plan, or managing the legal team that acts as in-house counsel for the family-held business. Sally also advises corporate and individual trustees and family offices. She managed a legal team that defended an individual trustee in multi-million litigation that reached the Minnesota Supreme Court, making new law and achieving a complete victory for her client.

Sally represents high net worth individuals from all walks of life and family business clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, wholesale grocery, distribution, excavating, manufacturing, and trucking. She has extensive experience working with bank holding company owners.

In her spare time, Sally serves on nonprofit boards, indulges her passion for travel, and sings in two select chamber choirs. As a former ski-racer who started both her high school and college women’s ski teams, she loves to hit the slopes each year with a group of equally ski-crazed fellow firm lawyers.



Client Alerts and Blog Posts

  • July 1, 2020
  • “Bogert, The Law of Trusts and Trustees, Chapter 16: Trusts and Conflicts of Law Problems,” (2nd ed. revised), co-author,2015
  • “Business Succession Planning Answer Book,” co-editor, CCH INCORPORATED, 2012-2015
  • "The Special Legal Needs Of Family Businesses," Minnesota Business
    December 2009
  • "One Step At A Time," BusinessCentral
    November/December 2008
  • “The Essential Elements of a Succession Plan for a Family Business,” Journal of Taxation of Investments, coauthored with Larry D. Hause
    Winter 2006
  • “Don’t Let Your Business Succession Plan Turn into a Series of Unfortunate Events,” Women’s Business Minnesota, coauthored with Sheryl Morrison
    June 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Law clerk for the Honorable Donald Alsop, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Community Involvement

  • St. Olaf College Alumni Board, former board member and chair
  • Diverse Daisies, board member
  • I Cantanti and Le Donne Chamber Choirs, member 


  • “Five Star Accounting and Estate Planning Professional,” Five Star Professional, 2012, 2014-2015
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    3100 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4007


Tina Hecke 

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Felix Moses Award for Highest GPA; Phi Kappa Phi; Minnesota Law Review, staff member and editor; Order of the Coif

St. Olaf College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Departmental Distinction, Economics Dept.