Chief Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

4thJudgeBernhardsonChambers@courts.state.mn.us
Chambers Phone: (612) 348-2554
Judicial Clerk: (612) 348-4364

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Chief Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson

Executive Assistant:

(612) 348-7759

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed May 30, 2007. Elected in 2008 and 2014. Her current term expires in January 2021.

Education:

J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1978
B.A., magna cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1973

Employment:

  • Vice President, Chief Legal Officer -Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN (2004 - May 2007)
  • Attorney, Shareholder - Leonard, Street and Deinard, Minneapolis, MN (2000 - Feb. 2002; Oct. 2002-Jan. 2004)
  • Senior Vice President and General Counsel - Medica Health Plans, Minneapolis, MN (Feb.-June 2002)
  • General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, MN (1977- 2000)
    Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (1996 - 2000)
    Vice President (1988 - 2000)
    Senior Associate Counsel (1985 - 1996)
    Associate Counsel (1983 - 1985)
    Assistant Secretary (1982 - 1996)
    Staff Attorney (1978- 1983)

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association


Additional Information:

Served on the State Special Redistricting Panel,  2011-2012   

Assignment History
Assistant Chief Judge, July 2012-June 2016
Civil and Criminal, Dec. 2011-Present
Family, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2011
Civil, Mar. 2008-Dec. 2008
Criminal, May 2007-Dec. 2008

Affiliations
Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
Director (May 2005-May 2011)
Chair, Health and Independence Committee (January 2006-May 2007)

The Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN
Director (1997 - May 2009)
(Former Chair, Audit, Investment and Grants Committees)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Board of Pensions
Trustee (2005-May 2007)

American Society of Corporate Secretaries (nka Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals) (1982-2007)
Director (1994 - 1997)
President, Twin Cities Chapter (1992 - 1993)

American Arbitration Association
Member, Commercial Arbitration Panel (1984-May 2007) and Large Complex Case Panel (2003-May 2007)

Center for Public Resources, Institute for Dispute Resolution - Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (2004-May 2007)

NASD Arbitrator (public member) (2003-May 2007)

Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
Director (1996 - 2002); Member, Board Executive, Finance and Human Resources Committees; Vice Chair (1999 - 2002); Chair, Governance Task Force (2001 - 2002)
Trustee, Fairview Southdale Hospital (1993 - 2002); Chair (1999 - 2001)

Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
Trustee (1989 - 1998)
Chair (1995 - 1998)

Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice
Director (1990 - 1994)