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Judge Thomas M. Sipkins

Hennepin County

Hennepin County Courthouse
Phone: (612)348-2040

Chambers Phone: 612-543-1290

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Jan. 21, 2009. Elected in 2010.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1973

B.A., Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1969


Attorney and partner; Maslon, Edelman, Borman, and Brand in Minneapolis; headed the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and was a member of its Competitive Practices and Litigation groups (2004-2009)

Attorney and shareholder; Halleland Lewis, Nilan, Sipkins and Johnson in Minneapolis (1996-2004)

Attorney and shareholder; Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, Kaufman and Doty in Minneapolis (1986-1996)

Attorney and partner; Peterson, Popovich, Knutson and Flynn in St. Paul (1977-1986)

City of St. Paul staff attorney (1975-1977)

Staff attorney, United States Renegotiation Board in Washington D.C. (1973-1975)

Professional Memberships:

Member of the American, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Served on the Ameican Bar Association's Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections.

Former member, Federal and Ramsey County Bar Associations

Professional and Community Activities:

Mentor for the Page Education Foundation

Board member for People Serving People

Boards of directors of the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center, YMCA Camp Warren, and Temple Israel

Member of the Edina Men’s Choir and the Edina Athletic Booster Board

Class agent for the Williams College Class of 1969 Alumni Fund

Reading tutor of minority students at Bethune Elementary School in Minneapolis

Additional Information:

Assignment History

Civil & Criminal, 1/30/2012-Present
Family, 2/2010-1/17/2012
Criminal, 3/2009-1/2010

Selected by Minnesota Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer® every year from 1997 to 2009.

Recognized as a Top 40 Employment Lawyer® from 2003 to 2009.