Russell Richard Cherne

Russell Richard Cherne

Partner since 2000
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Russell R. Cherne graduated from Albany high school in 1993 and has been a life long resident of Central Minnesota, with the exception of attending law school at the University of North Dakota.  After growing up on a dairy farm and learning the meaning of hard work and dedication, Russ went to law school in order to help people during those times in their lives when they need an attorney. Russ practices in the areas of family law including divorce, paternity, custody, child support and adoptions as well as criminal defense, business litigation, elder law and estate planning (wills, probate, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and powers of attorney), employment law (contracts, dispute avoidance, litigation and litigation avoidance) as well as personal injury. Russ loves helping people, spending time with his children and family, hunting, fishing and no longer milking cows.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law - Divorce, Custody, Adoption
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate and Estate Planning
  • Business Formation and Advice

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2000
  • Minnesota, 2000


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: With High Distinction
  • University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota
    • B.S. - 1997
    • Honors: G.P.A.3.40
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court
  • St. Cloud West Side Sertoma
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Albany Jaycees
  • Sertoma International
  • Central Minnesota

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Sertoma International


  • English


  • Phi Alpha Delta