Margaret Grathwol is a partner at Chestnut Cambronne and is known by everyone as Pook (rhymes with "cook") — the name is a childhood nickname and comes from a rhyme which ended with "Margaret Mary Pickle Puss" (ask her for the full story). Pook is dedicated to helping the elderly — in her world, a client in her 70's is young, a client in his 80's is getting old, and when her clients reach their 90's, she can say they "have arrived." "I never had a single grandparent when I was growing up. In fact, I even adopted a few elderly neighbors along the way (thank you Kitty and Lowell Moody). Today I feel very fortunate to be able to make the lives of the elderly and their families more peaceful and plentiful."
Pook is a founding member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (MN - NAELA) serving as the past chair. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Elder Law Section, and a member of the Probate and Trust Law Section. Pook has been recently recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association's Elder Law Section by receiving in 2020 the Mary Alice Gooderl Award and in 2021 she received a Special Recognition Award for authoring the amicus brief in Estate of Pfoser v. Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Pook is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars for attorneys and community organizations, including being a featured speaker at the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Probate and Trust Law and Elder Law Conferences. She has served on the boards of the Domestic Abuse Project, Sojourn, and Friends of Chimbote. Pook is also a past Chair of Excelsior Rotary Club and has directed multi-year service projects in Chimbote, Peru for Rotary.