Our Firm

40 Years of Legal Experience

The attorneys at CC&S are knowledgeable and compassionate legal advocates with a reputation for obtaining desirable outcomes. We have an outstanding legal support team that is dedicated to ensuring you will always receive timely communication about your case. Our founder, Jeffrey A. Carson has remained a consistent member of our legal team and continues to instill the values of hard work and reliability we are known for.

Our Attorneys

Ellen Schreder

Ellen M. Schreder

Managing Partner

Ellen began her career by representing our firm’s municipal clients, and has since built the firm’s family law practice. She now spends approximately one-half of her time serving as a neutral in all types of family law matters, as a mediator, early neutral evaluator, parenting consultant and parenting time expediter.

David Ross

David K. Ross

Partner

David has handled numerous criminal jury trials and has argued at the Court of Appeals on multiple occasions. David also represents the firm’s municipal clients in their civil DWI related forfeitures.

Dawn Speltz

Dawn E. Speltz

Partner

Dawn works in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, asset division, child support and domestic abuse. She is also a qualified rule 114 neutral, providing a variety of ADR services including early neutral evaluation as well as parenting consultant services.

John Thames

John J. Thames

Partner

John has handled numerous trials and has argued at the Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. John serves as the City Attorney for the Cities of Spring Lake Park, Maple Plain, Corcoran, Long Lake and Greenfield.

Peggy Larkin

Peggy Larkin

Associate

Peggy provides legal services to our firm’s municipal clients in criminal and civil matters and assists private clients in creditors’ remedies cases, criminal defense, estate planning, special education law, and family law.

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Asssociate

Joe works with our firm’s municipal clients in criminal and civil matters and assists private clients in criminal defense. He has extensive experience trying cases, litigating contested hearings, and arguing cases at the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Jeffrey Carson

Jeffrey A. Carson

Of Counsel

Jeff has worked extensively in the fields of eminent domain and special assessments, and has also served as a Commissioner in condemnation matters in the metropolitan area. He is a Qualified Rule 114 Neutral and serves as a mediator in the municipal field.

Paralegals & Assistants

Jackie Bernu

Jackie Bernu

Legal Assistant

Jackie works primarily in our criminal prosecution division and supports the prosecution team of attorneys at the firm. Jackie is the main point of contact for criminal prosecution matters.

Becky Gaffer

Becky Gaffer

Legal Assistant/Victim Witness Coordinator

Becky serves as the firm’s Victim/Witness Coordinator, speaking with victims about their rights and input and providing information and resources to those affected by crime. She also supports the firm’s civil municipal practice.

Connie Gurr

Connie Gurr

Paralegal

Connie has worked exclusively in criminal prosecution for the last 15 years and is responsible for preparing criminal files for Court appearances and assists with other criminal prosecution duties.

Jenny Petersen Warden

Jenny Petersen Warden

Paralegal

Jenny has many years of experience in family law and has a thorough knowledge of the process. She is a valuable resources for clients, helping them to navigate through a very difficult period in their lives.

Kayla Hemze

Kayla Hemze

Paralegal

Kayla works mainly with Dawn Speltz to address their clients’ needs through managing their files, scheduling, drafting documents, and answering client questions with a compassionate ear.

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