Russell R. Cherne

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in St. Cloud, MN

 | 630 Roosevelt Road, Suite 101, PO Box 1756
St. Cloud, MN 56302-1756
Phone: 320-253-7879
Fax: 320-252-8238
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Russell Richard Cherne is a family law and criminal defense attorney in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A partner at Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder & Geiger Hagen, PLLC, Mr. Cherne represents clients in Benton and Sterns counties and throughout central Minnesota.

    A skilled attorney with 20 years of experience, Mr. Cherne handles all types of family law matters, including those involving divorce, adoption, child support, custody and paternity. He also takes on criminal defense cases, defending Minnesota residents facing a misdemeanor or felony charge. He also helps individuals and businesses with business litigation, employment law, estate planning and personal injury. His estate planning experience included actions involving conservatorships, guardianships, powers of attorney, probate, trusts and wills.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Cherne has been involved in many significant cases resulting in successful results for his clients. He is committed to providing exceptional representation to everyone he serves.

    Outside of the office, Mr. Cherne participates in several professional organizations. He is a member of the Stearns-Benton Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the John E. Simonett Inn of Court for the 7th Judicial District. He is involved in volunteer work with Albany Jaycees, Ducks Unlimited, St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club and Sertoma, Inc.

    Mr. Cherne received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law, graduating with high distinction. He holds a license to practice law before all Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Family Law
    • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Estate Planning, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

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    About Russell Cherne

    Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Phi Alpha Delta  

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court
    • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
    • Minnesota, 2000 
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2000

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Central Minnesota
    • Sertoma International
    • Albany Jaycees
    • St. Cloud West Side Sertoma


    • Hollenhorst v. Hollenhorst, 2005 wl 949238 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2005) 
    • State v. Hall, 2003 wl 23024839 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2003)
    • Stoneburner v. Dubow, 2002 wl 1051700 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2002)
    • Munro Holding v. Cook, 04-1249 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2004)
    • Li-Kuehne v. Kuehne, A10-1313 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2011)
    • Wheeler v. Wheeler, A06-569 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2006)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota, B.S., Honors: G.P.A.3.40, Major: Political Science, 1997
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    Office Location for Russell R. Cherne

    630 Roosevelt Road, Suite 101
    PO Box 1756
    St. Cloud, MN 56302-1756

    Phone: 320-253-7879

    Fax: 320-252-8238

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    Last Updated: 1/8/2021

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