Margaret Graf Linsner grew up in Livonia, New York and graduated from Livonia High School in 1980. She attended LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and graduated with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing in 1984. Extending her college career for an additional year at LeMoyne, she obtained a teaching degree, becoming certified in Business and Math.
For 2 years, Margaret taught 7th and 8th grade Math at Huntington Middle School and coached high school Soccer and Basketball at Henninger High School. In 1987, Margaret returned home to live in Livingston County and to teach Business and Math at Warsaw High School and coach high school soccer for a year while applying to law schools.
In 1988, she enrolled as a law student at Washington and Lee University Law School in Lexington, Virginia. She returned to Livonia in the Summer of 1989 and the Summer of 1991 to work as a Law Clerk for Tom Moran, who was an attorney in Livonia at the time.
In May of 1991, Margaret graduated from Washington and Lee University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. She joined Tom Moran and Gordon (Kip) Lawrence at the firm of Moran and Lawrence in Lakeville, New York. Margaret was admitted to practice law in New York State on January 9, 1992. At Moran and Lawrence, Margaret represented clients in criminal and civil matters, including DWI, other criminal matters, divorce, family court matters, real estate, wills and estate matters. From 1995 until 2008, Margaret was a partner at the Livonia firms of Linsner & Sessler; Linsner, Sessler & Dys and Linsner & Dys, practicing in Livingston, Ontario, Steuben, Monroe, Wyoming and Allegany and surrounding counties.
In 2008, Margaret opened her own office at 33 Main Street in the Village of Livonia, where she currently maintains her practice. She manages a busy office with 3 full-time and 1 part-time secretaries. Margaret’s current law practice includes representation in all Real Estate matters in Western New York (residential and commercial purchases, sales, refinances), Estate matters (Probate, Administration, Voluntary Administration (Small Estates), Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Divorce, Family Court matters (custody, visitation, child support, adoption), business formation and personal injury/accident referrals.
In addition, Margaret is a trained Divorce mediator, assisting many couples in mediating the terms of their separation, divorce, custody or child support matter. Divorce mediation saves time, effort and money and keeps your case out of court. Because Margaret has also been a divorce attorney for over 29 years, she can handle the divorce mediation from start, all the way to obtaining the divorce.
In addition to her private practice of law, Margaret is a Judge for the Town of Livonia, handling many criminal and civil cases.
Margaret is a member of the New York State Magistrate’s Association, the Livingston County Magistrate’s Association, the Livingston County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.
For many years, Margaret has volunteered her time in the community: a Livonia girls’ travel soccer coach (13 years); a Livonia girls’ travel basketball coach (10 years); a 4-H Leader (13 years); Cub Scout Leader, St. Matthew Catholic Church lay trustee and volunteer; Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Advisory Board member, Livonia Public Library benefactor and member of the fundraising committee; St. Matthew Catholic Church building committee; 3-time chairperson of Livonia Senior Fun Night Committee, Livonia Athletic Hall of Fame committee member, Livonia Food Pantry, Teresa House, Catholic Charities, Bethany House Women’s Shelter.
Margaret lives in Livonia with her husband, Sam. They have 3 children, Danny, Matt and Sarah.