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Judge William H. Leary III

Ramsey County

Ramsey County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 266-8266


Recommended by the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection and subsequently appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura on May 20, 2002.  Elected in 2004 and 2010.  Current term expires Jan. 2017.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1979
B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1971


Attorney and shareholder, Geraghty, O’Loughlin & Kenney, P.A., 1980-2002. Area of practice was civil litigation, with emphasis on health-care litigation, professional liability, and work-place discrimination.

Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Hon. John J. Connelly), 1980

Law Clerk, Ramsey County District Court (Hon. Sidney P. Abramson), 1976-1979

Juvenile Corrections, Hennepin County Home School, 1972-1975

Professional Memberships:

Member, Minnesota District Judges Association
Board of Directors, Minnesota District Judges Association
Committee Member, Civil Jury Instructions Guide, Minnesota District Judges Association

Community Activities:

Chair and Board member, HOPE International Adoption and Social Services Agency
Chair and Board member, Office of Conciliation, St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese
Parish Council member, Lumen Christi Catholic Community

Teaching and Lecturing Experience:

Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas Law School
Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
Supervising Judge, University of St. Thomas Law School Mentor and Extern Programs
Supervising Judge, University of Minnesota Law School Extern Program
Supervising Judge, Hamline University Law School Extern Program
Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Lecturer
Ramsey County Bar Association Lecturer
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Lecturer

Additional Information:

Has served on Civil and Criminal Court rotations, including Civil Commitment Court.  Has presided over several trials involving the indeterminate commitment of Sexually Dangerous Persons.  Has volunteered asMental Health Court judge since its formation in 2006.

In 2006, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to preside over all Minnesota cases in In re Guidant Corp. Implantable Defribillators Product Liability Litigation, which involved approximately 750 personal-injury and wrongful-death claims, and numerous third-party claims brought by health insurers from several states.  Litigation was fully resolved in 2010.

In 2008, wrote a paper on the history and application of Minnesota laws regarding Sexually Dangerous Persons, which was disseminated to all state court judges.

In 2010, accepted voluntary assignment to preside over all district litigation in criminal and implied-consent cases involving Intoxilyzer computer source-code litigation.