Washington County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 430-6263
Appointed by Governor Arne Carlson and later elected in 2000, 2006, and 2012 for six-year terms. Chambered in Stillwater, duties involve travel to Forest Lake and Cottage Grove for court plus travel to preside in the seven other counties within the judicial district from time to time.
William Mitchell College of Law J.D. cum laude 1980; University of Minnesota Duluth B.S. 1970
May 1980 - 1998 Shareholder (1987-1998) Doherty, Rumble & Butler Professional Association Litigation Department: product liability defense, especially juvenile products, as national coordinating counsel for Century Products Company, employment litigation generally for employers.
1976 - May 1980 Legal Services Advisor Hennepin County Public Defender; Lead Intake Worker (‘76-‘77) St. Joseph’s Home for Children; Teacher (English) Ordean Junior High School, Duluth, MN (’70 – ’73); Classified Solicitor (’66-’70), Duluth Herald and News Tribune; Other employment included experience as a waitress, putzfrau, tennis instructor, pharmacist’s assistant, playground supervisor, and housekeeper.
U.S. Supreme Court 1985; Minnesota Supreme Court 1980; Federal District Court, District of Minnesota and Eighth Circuit 1980
Corrections to Community: Mental Health Work Group (2002 - Present); William Mitchell College of Law: Board of Trustees (2003 – Present); Administration and Finance Committee, Tenth Judicial District (2002 - Present); Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, (2000 - Present); Warren Burger Inns of Court (2002 - 2004); Partners in Progress Annual Fund Committee (1995 - 1998), Co-Chair 1997; Minnesota District Judges Association, co-chair: Judicial Development Committee (1999 – Present); MSBA Civil Litigation Section Board of Governors (1996-2002).
Teaching and Lecturing:
MnATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers) annual conference 2004: “A View From the Bench”; 2003 MILE Drunk Driving seminar, DWI/IC from Trial Judge’s Perspective; Association Trial Law Firms Top Gun Litigators seminar 2001 San Deigo “Tips From the Bench”; MILE, “Products Liability,” Minneapolis (1997); Defense Research Institute, “Product Liability Seminar, Structured Settlements,” San Francisco (1996); National Practice Institute “12th Annual Conference on Product Liability Law,” Chicago (1994); Industrial Fabrics Assn., “Tense About Tents-Canvassing the Liability Scene” Tampa (1994); Faculty: MN Advocacy Institute “Depositions,” and “Civil Trial Skills” (1992-1996); St. Paul Business Women’s Association “Sexual Harassment” (1993); MN CLE “Handling Sexual Harassment Claims” (1993); Minnesota Women Lawyers annual Washington County seminars on Tips from the Bench; CLE Lecturer: SMU 1986 Air Law Symposium, Dallas, “The Insurer Cannot Subrogate Against its Own Insured.”
B. Robert Lewis House Pro Bono/Domestic Abuse (1996-1998); Doherty, Rumble & Butler Foundation Board (1991-1998); St. Paul legal Employees Educational Association “Boss of the Year” (1992-1993); St. Paul YWCA Development Committee (1985-1990, 1995-1998), Chair 1988-1990, 1995-1998, Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1988-1990), 1995 -1998, Legal and Bylaws (1995-1997), Scholarship Campaign (We Care For Kids) Committee (1991-Present), Co-Chair 1997; Alateen Group Leader (1987-1990); Chrysalis Legal Advice Clinics (1980-1983).
Interests include helicopter skiing, pheasant and duck hunting, fishing, book clubs, cooking and entertaining.