Margaux C. Soeffker

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Location:
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Phone:
763-391-7354
Fax:
763-391-7589
Email:
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Margaux Soeffker is a family law attorney with over ten years of experience in family law practice including divorce, custody, child support, post-decree actions, adoption and child protection matters. In addition to her experience as a practicing attorney, Margaux previously worked as a law clerk for Judges Susan Burke, Toddrick Barnette, and Joseph Klein in Hennepin County District Court while they were on criminal rotations. Margaux has found her clerkship experience to be invaluable as she can better relate to court administration, court staff, and being a law clerk demystified the experience of appearing in court.

Margaux was named a Minnesota Rising Star by Super Lawyers® in 2012-present. This distinction recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state and is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5% of all lawyers in Minnesota may be recognized a Rising Star by Super Lawyers®.

What Margaux likes about the practice of family law is how multi-faceted her work is as it involves client interaction, collaboration with members of the firm, legal writing and research, appearing in court, participating in alternative dispute resolution sessions, and helping people through one of the most difficult events in their lives. She also finds family law stimulating because it intersects with other areas of the law and other subject matters (psychology, tax issues, financial issues, real estate matters, bankruptcy, etc.) providing interaction with professionals in other fields as well. Margaux also has an appreciation for the fact that family law has moved more towards an emphasis on forms of alternative dispute resolution and settlement early on in the process rather than litigation. She believes this betters serves the parties involved.

Family law cases can be emotionally-charged, high conflict and can at times involve complex financial and/or social issues. Margaux adeptly keeps her clients informed about the process and their options along the way, she is able to manage the difficult dynamics that come with family law work and does so in a professional and courteous manner. With her background and experience in family law, Margaux is knowledgeable and offers a wealth of resources for her clients.

Margaux enjoys building working relationships with clients and gaining an understanding of their specific concerns and objectives.

By way of background, Margaux grew up in Westport, Connecticut. After attending college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Margaux moved to Minneapolis to attend Law School at the University of Minnesota and never left. She now resides in Plymouth with her husband, son, daughter and mini dachshund. In her free time Margaux enjoys spending time with her family, networking, yoga, trying new restaurants, and catching up with her "Law School Ladies."

In 2009-2010 Margaux served as Co-Chair of the Mentor Section of Minnesota Women Lawyers, an organization in which she has participated since 2004. In 2013-2014 Margaux served as one of two representatives on the Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly on behalf of Minnesota Women Lawyers. In 2013 Margaux participated in the "Divorcing Divas" conference that provides support and resources to people going through the process of divorce. Margaux gave a presentation that focused on the implications mental health issues can have on children, finances and parties to a divorce proceeding. Since moving to Minnesota in 2002, Margaux has interviewed prospective students applying for admission to Johns Hopkins University each year. She has volunteered at "Career Options Night" at the University of Minnesota’s Law School to talk to law students about the practice of family law. Margaux has mentored younger attorneys both formally through organizations such as Minnesota Women Lawyers, and informally, as she is always willing to share her knowledge and insight about the legal profession.

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Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2006

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 2005
    • Honors: Dean's List, 2004 - 2005
    • Honors: Civil Rights Moot Court - Oral Arguments and Appellate Brief
    • Honors: William and Mary International Law Program, Summer, 2003
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2002
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant for Business Law II
    • Honors: Treasurer, Phi Mu Sorority - Managing $20,000 a Semester

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 - 2017 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers®
  • Women’s Law Student Association Grant recipient, 2004
  • Dean’s List 2004-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Scleroderma Foundation, MN Chapter, Board Member, 2009 - 2010
  • Minnesota Women's Lawyers, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota Women's Lawyers, Former Attorney Mentor Section Co-Chair , 2009 - 2010
  • Minnesota Women’s Lawyers, One of two representatives on behalf of MWL to the MSBA Assembly, 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters Minnesota, 2006 - 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Tressler Law, LLC, Sr. Associate Attorney , 2010 - 2013
  • Judge Joseph R. Klein, 4th Judicial District Court, Minneapolis, MN, Law Clerk, 2009 - 2010
  • Walling, Berg & Debele, P.A., Associate Attorney , 2007 - 2009
  • Judge Toddrick Barnette, 4th Judicial District Court, Minneapolis, MN, Law Clerk, 2006 - 2007
  • Judge Susan N. Burke, 4th Judicial District Court, Minneapolis, MN, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2006
  • Shulman & Dornbos, PLLC, Minneapolis, MN, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005
  • Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., Stamford, CT, Summer Legal Fellow, 2004
  • Bankruptcy Clinic University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, Certified Student Attorney, 2004 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Tubman, Pro Bono Safety Project, 2014 - Present
  • Children's Law Center Volunteer, 2007 - 2008
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network Volunteer, 2007 - 2008

Languages

  • Spanish