Margaret Skelton

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Margaret Skelton is a shareholder and past president of Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney.  For over 25 years, she has been advising clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, school law and municipal law.  She also routinely represents management in grievance arbitrations, interest arbitrations and negotiations of collective bargaining agreements.

Margaret has an active litigation practice aggressively defending public entities, non-profits and private businesses against claims.  She frequently obtains dismissals of cases, including in the landmark case, Doe 175, et al. v. Columbia Heights School District, et al., 873 N.W.2d 352 (Minn. App. 2016), where the Minnesota Supreme Court first recognized immunity from liability based upon the interplay between the municipal tort claims act and the state tort claims act.  Other recent cases resulting in dismissal of all claims include Maethner v. Someplace Safe, 929 N.W.2d 868 (Minn. 2019) and Buboltz v. County of Blue Earth, 2020 WL 6158213 (D. Minn. October 21, 2020).  She has tried cases to juries in state and federal court on a variety of matters.  She has also argued numerous cases before the Minnesota District Court, Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

When not representing clients, Margaret loves to waterski and hike with her husband, two boys and two dogs.

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • School Law
  • Municipal Law

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Minnesota School Boards Association
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota 
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., with honors

Representative Cases

  • Buboltz v. County of Blue Earth, 2020 WL 6158213 (D. Minn. October 21, 2020)
  • Maethner v. Someplace Safe, 929 N.W.2d 868 (Minn. 2019)
  • Eilen v. Minneapolis Public Schools, et al., No. 17-CV-04388 (D. Minn. April 10, 2019)
  • Tichich v. City of Bloomington, et al., 835 F.3d 856 (8th Cir. 2016)
  • Doe 175, et al. v. Columbia Heights School District, et al., 873 N.W.2d 352 (Minn. App. 2016)
  • Emerson v. Independent School District No. 199, 809 N.W.2d 679 (Minn. 2012)
  • Blumhardt v. Independent School District No. 361, 2012 WL 16589222 (Minn. App. 2012)
  • Mumid, et al. v. Minneapolis Public Schools, 618 F.3d 789 (8th Cir. 2010)
  • M.Y., et al. v. Special School District No. 1, 544 F.3d 885 (8th Cir. 2008)