Margaret M. Chesney

Margaret has devoted the majority of her law practice to the area of family law, although she did spend three years at a large regional law firm, where she practiced in the area of commercial litigation, including some insurance defense, tort law, and complex litigation.  However, Margaret realized that the areas of family law, including but not limited to divorce, adoption, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, grandparent visitation, child support, and modifications of child support and custody/visitation, as well as mediation are where she is most able to assist clients attain the best outcomes possible during difficult times.

Margaret has represented clients at the pre-trial, mediation, trial, and appellate levels.  While Margaret enjoys litigation, she also strongly believes in the alternative dispute resolution process, both as a mediator and as an attorney representing her client in mediation.

Margaret is a native of Memphis, having attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Episcopal School.  Margaret is a life-long member of Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Margaret returned to Memphis after living in Philadelphia while in college and after living in the Bay Area in California where she attended law school at Santa Clara University.  Upon realizing that she wanted to return to Memphis to live and work, Margaret attended and graduated from law school at the University of Memphis.

Margaret practiced law in Memphis for twenty years until she decided to relocate to Lake Placid, New York, in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Margaret practiced family law in New York for one year; however, she ultimately decided to return to Memphis to be closer to her family, friends, and Memphis Grizzlies games.

In her free time, Margaret enjoys spending time with her friends, her family, especially her niece with whom she is very close, and her English Bulldog, Daisy.  Margaret also loves exercising, reading, travel, and watching basketball, especially the Memphis Tigers and the Memphis Grizzlies.


  • University of Pennsylvania, 1995, B.A. English, Minor in Women’s Studies
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2000, J.D.

Jurisdictions Admitted to practice

  • Tennessee, 2001
  • New York, 2020

Associations and Memberships

  • American, Tennessee, Memphis, and New York Bar Associations and Member of the Family Law Section of each of those associations
  • Listed as a Rule 31 Mediator the area of Family Law Mediation (2012), specially trained in Domestic Violence Issues (2014)
  • Fellow in Memphis Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar Association which promotes social justice and legal education (2021-2026)
  • Appointed as a Hearing Committee Member of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee (2018-2021); reappointed for a second term (2021-2024)
  • Volunteer as a Foster Care Review Board panel member in the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee (2018- 2019)
  • Elected to Memphis Bar Association Board of Directors as the ADR Section Representative (2017-2018)
  • Elected as Secretary of ADR Section of the Memphis Bar Association (2017-2018)
  • Memphis Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee Panel member (2014-2020)
  • Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum participant (2008-2009)
  • Elected as Treasurer for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association (2007-2008)
  • American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute (2007)
  • Elected to Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Board of Directors (2005-2007)
  • Leo S. Bearman American Inns of Court (2003-2005)



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