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Judge Profile:

Senior Judge George F. McGunnigle
(retired 2012)


Hennepin County

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed in 2000 by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2002 and 2008.  Retired Feb. 13, 2012.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

Education:

A.B., Boston College, Magna cum Laude, 1963

LL.B., Georgetown University Law Center, 1966

LL.M., The National Law Center, George Washington University, 1967 (Teaching Fellow, 1966-67)

Employment:

1972 - 2000: Leonard, Street and Deinard
Partner/Shareholder; Member, Board of Directors; Chair of Litigation Division and Business Litigation Department

1971 - 1972: Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut

1967 - 1971: U.S. Navy Judge Advocate
Prosecutor, Defense Counsel (trial and appellate), Military Judge

Professional Activities and Associations:

Supreme Court Ethics Board: 2003-2009

American Bar Association 1972- Present

American Bar Association Section of Litigation, including:

  • Chair, Business Torts Litigation Committee (1988-1991)
  • Division Director (1991-1992)
  • Council Member (1992-1995)
  • Co-Chair, Videotaping and Audiotaping of Programs Committee (1995-1997)
  • Coordinator, Leadership CLE (1997-1998)
  • Division Director (1998-1999)
  • Co Chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (2000-2001)
  • Member, Task Force on District Court Advisory Groups Appointed Under the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (1991-1993)
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee (1992-1994)
  • Member, Task Force on "The State of the Justice System" (1993-1995)
  • Member, Task Force on Organization and Structure (1999-2000)
  • Member, Task Force on Honoring Women & Minorities (2000-2001)
  • Member, Task Force on the Judiciary (2001-2005)
  • Chair, Task Force on the Judiciary (2004-2005)

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, including:

  • Council Member (2000-2001)
  • Litigation Section Representative on Section Advisory Committee (2000-2001)

Minnesota State Bar Association: 1972-Present

Hennepin County Bar Association: 1972-Present

  • Co-Chair Bench-Bar Committee (2004-2005)
  • Member, Ethics Committee (1983-1984)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation: 1988-Present

Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court: 2005-2009

Minnesota District Judges Association 2000-Present

  • Board of Directors (2000-2002)

Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, United States District Court for theDistrict of Minnesota (Chair, Subcommittee on Case Complexity Standards), (1995-1997)

Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School 2005-Present

Teaching Activities:

Chair/Moderator

Moderator, “Trial by Stopwatch – Using Time Limits to Manage Cases Large and Small”, Conference of Minnesota State Court Judges (December 2008)

Co-Chair, "How to Win a Business Jury Trial," a national program held in San Francisco, sponsored by Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (May 2000)

Moderator, "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About Mediation," a three-hour training video produced by the Section of Litigation and the Consortium for Professional Education of the American Bar Association (1993)

Co-Moderator, "Taking Faster, More Effective Depositions in Business Cases," a four-hour training video produced by the Section of Litigation and the Consortium for Professional Education of the American Bar Association (1993)

Co-Moderator, "Winning the Business Jury Trial," a nine-hour training video produced by the Section of Litigation and the Consortium for Professional education of the American Bar Association (1992)

Moderator, "Crooks, Schnooks and Cooking Books: Developments in Business Fraud Litigation," sponsored by Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta (August 1991)

Chair, "Punitive Damages: Crime and Punishment in Today's Civil Cases?," sponsored by Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (February 1989)

Co-Chair, "Punitive Damages in Commercial Cases," an ABA Satellite Seminar broadcastlive, nationwide, on May 19, 1988, sponsored by the Section of Litigation and The Division For Professional Education of the American Bar Association

Chair, "Hit 'Em Where it Hurts: Punitive Damages in the Commercial Case," sponsored bySection of Litigation, American Bar Association, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (August 1987)

Co-Chair, "Hostile Takeovers: 1987 Upper Midwest Update," sponsored by Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (July 1987)

Panelist/Lecturer

Panelist, “Best Practices and Common Mistakes”, sponsored by Hennepin County Bar Association (May 2010)

Panelist, “Shareholder Derivative Suits”, sponsored by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (August 2009)

Panelist, “Saudi Judicial Exchange”,  Judicial Capacity Building Program for Saudi Arabia , sponsored by U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of State and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (November 3, 2008)

Panelist, “Motion Practice”, Master Trial Lawyer Practice Series, sponsored by Hennepin County Bar Association (September, 2008)

Panelist, “Trial by Stopwatch.  How to Compress $300,000,000 in Claims and Counterclaims into 70 Hours of Trial Time.  The Pros, Cons, and Practical Tips of Trying a Case on the Clock”, sponsored by American College of Trial Lawyers, Minneapolis, MN (May 2008)

Panelist, “Effective Legal Writing as Seen by Those Who Matter: Judges”, University of Minnesota Law School (February 2008)

Lecturer, "Effective Depositions," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association (April 2007)

Lecturer, "Effective Depositions," sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association (October 2004)

Panelist, "A Business Perspective on The Courts," Meet Your Court, a public affairs program on the Metro Cable Network (with Justice Edward Stringer, Judge Kevin Burke, and Duane Benson)

Panelist, "Alternative Dispute Resolution," sponsored by the Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (June 2000)

Panelist, "Video Depositions: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You," a training video produced by the Section of Litigation and the American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education (1997)

Lecturer, "Complex Business Litigation and Judicial Management Responsibilities," conference of Minnesota State Court Judges (December 11, 1996)

Lecturer, "Federal Civil Justice Reform," sponsored by Civil Litigation Section, Minnesota State Bar Association (December 1992)

Lecturer, "Exploring the Minefields of Commercial Litigation," sponsored by Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (May 1992)

Lecturer, "Lying, Cheating and Stealing - Plus Securities," sponsored by Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (November 1991)

Panelist, "Practical Evidence Problems in Business Cases," sponsored by Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto (August 1988)

Panelist, "Sixth Annual Best Evidence Seminar, A Two-Day Symposium," sponsored bySection of Litigation, American Bar Association, San Diego, California (May 1988)

Panelist, Panel on Hostile Takeovers, Leadership Minneapolis Private Sector Day Sponsored by the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce (October 1987)

Lecturer, "When Planning Fails and Disaster Strikes: Litigation and the Closely Held Corporation," "Critical Concerns of the Attorney in Advising the Closely Held Corporation," sponsored by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, A Division of the Minnesota State Bar Association (January 1987)

Lecturer, "Jury Selection: The Legal Framework," 1986 Civil Trial Practice Institute, sponsored by Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (May 1986)

Publications:

Editor, Business Torts Litigation (1st ed.), published by the American Bar Association in 1992.

Co-author, annual "Survey of Minnesota Defamation Law," published as part of 50-State Survey of Defamation Law (Henry R. Kaufman, Editor), 1982 - 1996.

Member, Board of Editors of The Business Torts Reporter, Business Torts Research, Inc., New York, NY, 1988 - 1996.

Written materials accompanying presentations at CLE programs.

Assignment History:

Civil Block and Criminal, 1/2005-2/2012
Family, 2004
Family & Civil Block, 2003
Civil Block & Criminal, 8/2002-12/2002
Criminal, 12/2000-8/2002

Community Activities:

Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Prostate Cancer

Member, Board of Directors, Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1997-2003

Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Arthritis Foundation, 1986-1992, 1993-2003(Executive Committee, 1988-1992, 1994-1999, 2001-2003; Chair, Planned Giving Committee, 1991-1992; Chair, Governance Committee, 2001-2003; Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 1994-1996)

Member, Planned Giving Committee, National Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992-1996

Charter Board Member and Secretary, Two or More, Inc., (since merged into SummitAcademy OIC), a nonprofit corporation engaged in outreach employment programs for inner-city teens and young adults, 1990-1994

Member, Advisory Committee, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1986-2002