Margaret Skelton


Direct: 612.339.0060
Fax: 612.339.0038

For over twenty-five years, Margaret Skelton has been helping her clients resolve complicated labor and employment, school law and municipal law issues. She routinely represents management in grievance arbitrations, interest arbitrations and negotiations of collective bargaining agreements. She also aggressively defends her clients against a variety of claims brought against them in civil litigation. She has tried cases to juries in state and federal court. She has also argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Skelton is a shareholder and past president of the firm.

Prior to joining Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, Ms. Skelton worked in the civil litigation division of a large metropolitan city defending the city from a variety of lawsuits in state and federal court.

When not representing clients, Margaret loves to waterski and hike with her family.

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • School Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Investigations
  • Data Practices Compliance

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


  • 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)