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Judge John H. Guthmann

Ramsey County

Ramsey County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 266-8266


Appointed on Jan. 31, 2008, by Governor Tim Pawlenty.  Sworn in on Mar. 27, 2008.  Elected in 2010.  Term expires Jan. 2017.


B.A. Degree from Cornell College in 1976 (history and political science). 

J.D. Degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1980.  Editor-in-Chief of the William Mitchell Law Review (1979-80).


1981-2008—Attorney; Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt, P.L.L.P.; Partner (1990-2008) and Managing Partner (1998-2002).

1980-1981—Law Clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Sheran.

1979—Law Clerk, Hennepin County District Court Judge Harold Kalina.

Professional Memberships:

Elected as a Ramsey County Bar Association representative to the Minnesota Bar Association Assembly in 2007.

Member of the Ramsey County Bar Association (President, 2004-05).

Professional and Community Activities:

Member of Minnesota Special Education Task Force- Legislative appointment through Commissioner of Bureau of Mediation Services (2007-08).

PACER Center, Inc.- Board of Directors Member, 1993-99 and 2000-07; President, 1996-98 and 2004-06.

Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America- Board of Directors, 2005-present.

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting- Board of Directors Member, 1999–present; Board Chair, 2000-07.

Rotary Club of St. Paul- Board of Directors Member, 2007-present.

Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention- Appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson, Member (1992-2001), Chair (1995-96).

First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry (Civil War Reenactment organization)

Additional Information:


Named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, 2001-05, 2007.

Woodward/White, Inc.'s "The Best Lawyers In America," 2006-08.  Listed under both Personal Injury Litigation and Workers’ Compensation Law categories.

Silver Beaver Award—Indianhead Council, Boy Scouts of America (2002).

Named to the “Volunteer Hall of Fame” by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine in 2001.

Received the Norma G. Hexter Award as Outstanding Volunteer of 1999 from PACER Center, Inc.

Founders Award, Agaming Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America (1989).

Eagle Scout (1968).


Arising Out of and In the Course of Employment - Chapter 2, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook (4th Edition 2007) - Minnesota State Bar Association.

The Continuing Controversy Over the Captured Flag of the 28th Virginia—Lecture delivered on separate occasions to the Legal Employee’s Educational Association and the St. Paul Rotary Club in 2004.

Lecturer--Damages Seminar--University of Minnesota Law School from 1989-2002.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case - Advanced Legal Education (1991).

The Duty to Settle in Good Faith - Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar (1989).

Present State of Failure to Offer Claims - What Claims Can be Brought for Failing to Offer UM and UIM Coverage - Minnesota Institute for Legal Education (1989).

A Guide to Recent Developments in Minnesota Insurance- Minnesota Institute for Legal Education (1986).

Recovery for the Value of a Chance in Medical Negligence Cases: Bringing Minnesota’s Standard of Causation Up-To-Date, 12 Wm. Mitchell Law Review 459 (1986), William M. Bradt and John H. Guthmann.

Editor-- Negotiation Practice, Roger Haydock (1984).

Adjunct Legal Writing Instructor, William Mitchell College of Law, 1979-80 and 1981-82.

Research Historian for Book - Minnesota Rag (Random House 1981), by Fred W. Friendly, former President of CBS News.