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Associate Justice Christopher J. Dietzen

Supreme Court

Minnesota Judicial Center
Phone: (651) 297-7650


Born:  Yakima, Washington.


Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1973.

Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1969.

Professional Experience:

Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2008 - present.

Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2004 - 2008.

Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Bloomington, Minnesota, 1978 - 2004. Specialization in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate litigation and valuation disputes.

Richter, Wimberly & Ericson, Spokane, Washington, 1973 - 1977.

Professional Activities:

Civil Trial Specialist, Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, October, 1988, and subsequently recertified in August, 1994.

Civil Trial Advocate, Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, August, 1989; recertified in August 1994.

Chair, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2005 - present.  Previously appointed as a member in 1998 and reappointed in 2004.

Member, Commission on Judicial Selection, 2003 - 2004.

Advisory Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of the Board on Judicial Standards, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2003.

Minnesota State Bar Association Member, 1978 to present. Environmental Law & Natural Resources Section, Governing Council, 1988 - 1993.  Hennepin County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, 1984 to present. Hennepin County District Ethics Committee, Vice-Chair of one of the Screening Committees and for one of the IRC panels.  Previously served as member and investigator from 1996 to 2004.

Author, Dietzen, C.J. and Weaver, T.H., "Temporary Taking: Another Victory for Landowners," Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 9, No. 1 (1988).

Reviewer of recent cases, Summary Reporter, 1995 - 1999.

Reviewer of recent cases, Bench & Bar, 1999 - 2004.

Author, "Regulatory Takings Claims: Lessons from Palazzolo v. Rhode Island," Bench & Bar of Minnesota, February, 2002.