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Any legal matter comes with complex laws and procedures that can be quite challenging. When you face a criminal charge, divorce, or family law matter, it automatically puts you in a position where it is important to protect your rights.

Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder & Geiger Hagen, PLLC offers sophisticated and detailed legal services to every client the firm represents. This means that your interests will be protected by unrelenting legal services built upon your situation and interest. Our attorneys understand that legal matters can cause anxiety and confusion. Our legal team strives to take the burden off your shoulders by helping you understand your situation in relation to the law. The more you know, the better decisions you can make.

Our attorneys pursue the best course of action to achieve a favorable outcome. Contact Pennington, Cherne, Gaarder & Geiger Hagen, PLLC today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Criminal Defense

  • DUI/DWI charges
  • Drug offenses
  • Theft and property offenses
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic abuse
  • Violent crimes
  • Probation and parole violations

Family Law

  • Divorce or legal separation
  • Dividing marital property
  • Valuating complex estates and business interests
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Child custody
  • Third-party custody matters
  • Resolving child support issues
  • Obtaining or contesting orders for protection
  • Spousal maintenance or alimony
  • Adoptions
  • Grandparent rights
  • Child protection issues

Call Attorney Michael Gaarder today at 320-204-2226 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney Russell Richard Cherne


  • 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
    • With Honors

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • 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

Attorney Michael S. Gaarder


  • Minnesota, 2006
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2007


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota - 2004
    • Honors: Passed Minnesota POST Test, 2004
    • Major: Law Enforcement Certificate
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: International Relations

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • Department of Veteran's Affairs, Accredited Attorney
  • BNI Cloud City Achievers, Member
  • Seventh Judicial District Ethics, Committee Member
  • Cloud City Achievers BNI Chapter, Saint Cloud, President, 2014 - 2015

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