Cheryl Speeter Margoles has been a member of the firm of Speeter & Johnson since 1977. Over the years she has acquired knowledge and experience in a variety of areas, including probate law, juvenile law and real estate matters, but her current practice concentrates on family law.
Cheryl has been handling family cases throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area for more than 35 years. Her clients have included women and men from all walks of life and at all stages of family relationships, from prenuptial agreements to marriage dissolution proceedings and post-decree proceedings for modification of orders. Years of experience have reinforced Cheryl’s belief that each family’s case is unique and that each client has an important story to tell.
Recognizing that clients feel most satisfied when they have meaningful input into the process, Cheryl represents clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, early neutral evaluation, and moderated settlement conferences. As a mother of three (now grown) children, she places particular importance on the well-being of children who find themselves embroiled in family law disputes. Her aim is to help her clients face their family transitions well-armed with strong representation and knowledgeable advice about their options.
Professional and Community Involvement
Cheryl received her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota in 1977 and graduated with a B.S. degree summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations and the Family Law Section of the Bar. Cheryl served on the Advisory Task Force for the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry (1997-1998) and authored “The Rights of Birth Fathers in Minnesota Adoptions,” which appeared in Family Law Forum (MSBA Family Law Section) in July, 1996.
One of the most rewarding aspects of Cheryl’s legal career has been her participation in pro bono family law programs and projects. She has volunteered for more than 20 years in legal clinics at Chrysalis/Tubman and regularly accepts pro-bono referrals from that program. For the past several years she has been a member of the volunteer legal team (Family Division) at Project Homeless Connect in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Cheryl has been active in the formation, promotion and representation of various community and social justice organizations, and currently sits on the executive board of Open Access Connections, a local non-profit agency.
ADMISSIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
U.S. District Court – Minnesota
Hennepin County Bar Association
Family Law Section
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Minnesota
(B.S., summa cum laude, 1974)
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Child Custody/Parenting Time
Division of Marital Assets
Third Party Custody
De Facto Custodian
Representation in Mediation
Representation in Evaluative Processes