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Judge Lezlie Ott Marek


  • Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Dec. 30, 2010. 
  • Elected in 2012 and 2018.
  • Current term expires Jan. 2025.


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1983
  • B.A. in Economics, College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1980, Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Assignments:

  • District Court Judge, Second Judicial District, Saint Paul, Minnesota (2010-present)
  • Juvenile/Family Division: November 2016 - present
  • Civil Division: July 2013 - November 2016; Statewide Asbestos Litigation Pretrial/Settlement Judge, July 2014 - November 2016
  • Criminal Division: Misdemeanors, January 2011 - January 2012; DWI Court, June 2011 - October 2013; Felonies, January 2012 - July 2013

Prior Employment:

  • Hanson Marek Bolkcom Group, Ltd.; Minneapolis, Minnesota (1996-2010); Shareholder
  • University of Minnesota Law School; Minneapolis, Minnesota (1998-1999); Legal Writing Instructor
  • Bowman and Brooke, LLP; Minneapolis, Minnesota (1986-1996); Partner
  • Calkins, Kramer, Grimshaw and Harring; Denver, Colorado (1982-1986); Associate

Past Professional:

  • Admitted to practice in Minnesota, Colorado, and Iowa state courts; Admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Districts of Minnesota, Colorado, Southern Indiana, and Western Tennessee; Admitted to practice in United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • AV Peer Review rated for more than 10 years by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics
  • Qualified Neutral (Mediator and Arbitrator) under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice for the District Courts

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State and Ramsey County Bar Associations, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota District Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges

Community and Volunteer Activities:

  • President, Minnesota District Judges Foundation
  • Judicial Trial Skills Faculty Member
  • Supervising Judge, William Mitchell College of Law, Judicial Externship Program
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Board member, 2014 - 2017
  • Project Remand, Board member and Executive Officer (2012 - 2017)
  • Ramsey County Corrections Advisory Board, 2012 - 2014
  • College of St. Catherine Alumnae Association, Board member and executive officer, 2005-2009
  • Volunteer, Loaves and Fishes food program