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Russell R. Cherne

Russell R. Cherne

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Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Criminal Defense
  • Probate and Estate Planning
  • Business Formation and Advice
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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.

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

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

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • John E. Simonett American Inn of Court
  • Central Minnesota
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Sertoma International
  • Albany Jaycees
  • St. Cloud West Side Sertoma


  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2020-2024

Representative Cases

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

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta