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Cherie L McKenna

Divorce and separation Attorney at Springfield, MA

5.0   2 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2001
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Cherie

Learn Cherie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Contested and uncontested divorce

  2. Family
    Custody, child support, parenting plans, paternity, children's advocacy, domestic violence, pre- nuptial agreements, spousal support, contempt actions, modification actions, appeals

  3. Mediation

          Attorney Cherie McKenna is a 1998 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a 1995 summa cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire.  Licensed in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the U.S. District Courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Attorney McKenna has been practicing for over 16 years with a wide range of experience, including criminal defense, appellate practice, insurance defense litigation and family law, and thoroughly enjoys providing compassionate representation for people during their time of need.

After graduating with honors from Suffolk University Law School and becoming admitted to practice in 1998, Attorney McKenna spent three years in the public service sector by providing criminal defense representation to under-privileged clients in the District Courts of Middlesex County.  Attorney McKenna was also accepted to the Post Conviction Relief Panel of public defenders, wherein she represented criminal defendants at the appellate level.  She has written several criminal appellate briefs, has presented oral argument before the Appeals Court of Massachusetts, and successfully reversed a criminal conviction on the basis of Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations.

Attorney McKenna entered private practice in 2001, where she began practicing civil litigation with a boutique law firm in Boston, focusing on the investigation of fraudulent insurance claims, personal injury liability defense practice, and insurance coverage issues.   In 2011, Attorney McKenna left her law firm to begin the pursuit of her own law practice.  Attorney McKenna has established herself in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and personal injury practice, and is also a trained mediator, and a member of the Hampden County Bar Association Mediation Arbitration Panel of Attorneys.  She is an active Member of the Hampden County Bar Association, a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and was recently appointed to the panel of attorneys for the Children’s Law Project of Hampden County.

When Attorney McKenna is not working, she is an avid supporter of the arts.  She frequents local theater, museum and symphony events with her husband, participates in tap and jazz dance classes in Easthampton, and loves to sing and dance, especially with her daughter.  She is proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Community Music School of Springfield, and is actively involved on several sub-committees, from fundraising to strategic planning. She is also a committee member of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer mentor for West Springfield High School Students.   Above all else, Attorney McKenna enjoys the thrills and challenges of raising a child, and is a devoted, loving mother and wife.

Contact Cherie

Cherie L. McKenna, Attorney at Law
75 Market Place, Suite 400
Springfield, MA, 01103


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by Bill | September 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Representation
Attorney McKenna provided Superior Representation and Guidance for my Divorce.
Posted by Aaron | January 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, professional, reliable
I have been working with Cherie for about 4 years now and as a father with split custody I can't imagine where I would be without her. She has an amazing relationship with other lawyers which makes all the difference in the world. Cherie gets back to be immediately and is very detailed about all her work. This is the third time I hired Cherie and I would never hire anyone else. I made the mistake of going to court without a lawyer once and I will never make that mistake again. Thank you Cherie for helping me again.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cherie L. McKenna, Attorney at Law and Mediation Services
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Susan J. McFarlin
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Senior Associate
  • McGovern, Snyder & Ganem, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Law Office of John Reilly, Esq.
  • 2001 - 2003
  • self employed
  • Cherie McKenna, Attorney at Law
  • 1998 - 2001
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD
  • 1998
  • University of New Hampshire
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995


  • Community Music School of Springfield Board of Directors
  • Board member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hampden County Bar Association Mediation/Arbitration Panel
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1996
  • Best Oral Argument Award
  • Suffolk university law School
  • 1995
  • Best Brief Award
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney McKenna. I have worked with her and against her on Family law matters and have found her to be insightful, thorough and a strong advocate for her Clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Mckenna presents family law in an understandable and knowledgeble way. The options are clearly explained, and her temperament leads to efficient and appropriate solutions to legal problems."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."