Cindi A. Spence

When people are not able to make their own good, responsible medical, personal and financial decisions, (most often because they have a disability, disease such as dementia or have been incapacitated in an accident), Cindi helps by getting a substitute decision maker appointed, or developing a less restrictive strategy that will make sure they are safe and protected.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Cindi ventured to Omaha, Nebraska for college, receiving a business degree from Creighton University in 1993. Cindi then returned home for law school, receiving a JD from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1996. After law school Cindi landed a job in Buffalo, Minnesota, clerking for Wright County District Court Judge Bruce Douglas. When her clerkship ended, Cindi joined a local law firm and eventually became shareholder and managing attorney at Johnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A.  Cindi opened her own firm, which is now Spence Legal Services, in 2010.

Cindi’s goal at Spence Legal Services, LLC is to provide exceptional, experienced representation to each and every client. Her passion is guardianship and conservatorship law. Cindi also practices in the areas of civil litigation, probate litigation and family law.

When Cindi is not lawyering, there is a decent chance you will find her running. Cindi has completed over 15 marathons, including Boston Marathon in 2013. If she’s not running, she may be writing about running. Check out Cindi’s running blog at:



  • Spence Legal Services (formerly known as Matt Legal Services, LLC), Buffalo, MN (June 2010 – present)
  • Johnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A., Buffalo, MN (Jaunuary 1998 – June 2010)
  • Sherburne County – court appointed counsel in guardianship/conservatorship cases, Elk River, MN (January 2010 – present)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce R. Douglas, Buffalo, MN (August 1996 –  January 1998)


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, J.D. cum laude, May 1996
  • University of San Diego Institute on International & Comparative Law, Paris, France, Summer 1994
  • Creighton University, Omaha, NE, B.S.B.A., Major:  Accounting, summa cum laude, May 1993,
  • Hill Murray High School, Maplewood, MN, summa cum laude, May 1989


  • Minnesota, 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1998
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2004 & 2005


  • MAGiC (Minnesota Association of Guardianships & Conservatorships), member (2006 – present), Board Member (2013 – present) and Communications Chair (2014 – present)
  • Rotary Club of Buffalo (2010 – 2015)
  • Rotary Club of Minnetonka (2015-2016)
  • Toys For Tots, Buffalo, Minnesota – Local Coordinator (2011 – 2013)
  • STRIVE mentor (2013 – present)
  • 18th District Bar Association (President 2009-10; Vice President 2008-09; Treasurer 2007-08; Secretary 2006-07)
  • Wright County Legal Advice Clinic, volunteer, 2007 – 2010
  • Volunteer Attorney Coordinator for MSBA Civic Education Committee Lawyers in the Schools Program for Buffalo High School
  • Volunteer judge, MSBA High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Volunteer teacher at Buffalo High School for Minnesota Supreme Court oral argument, MSBA Civic Education
  • Crisis Nursery of Wright County, Advisory Committee, member (2000 – present)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, member
  • The John E. Simmonet American Inn of Court, former member
  • Tenth Judicial District Law Clerk CLE Committee, former member


  • North Saunders Lake Homeowners Association, past president
  • Shirley Hills Primary School and Grandview Middle School, volunteer
  • Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Victoria, MN, member
  • Word of Peace Lutheran Church, Rogers, MN, former member and Sunday School teacher
  • Marathon running

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