Judge Peter A. Cahill

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

4thJudgeCahillChambers@courts.state.mn.us
Chambers Phone: (612) 596-8733
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-8732
Judicial Clerk: (612) 596-8738

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Peter A. Cahill
Appointed/ElectedAppointed May 30, 2007. Elected in 2008 and 2014. His current term expires in January 2021.
 
EducationJ.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1984
B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 1981
 
Employment
  • Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1997-2007
    Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney 2000-2007
    Managing Attorney, Juvenile Prosecution Division 1999-2000
    Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Violent Crimes Division 1997-1999
  • Solo practitioner, Cahill Law Office, Wayzata, Minnesota 1993-1997
  • Partner, Colich & Cahill Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1987-1993
  • Assistant Public Defender, Hennepin County Public Defender's Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1984-1987

Additional Information
  • Juvenile, July 2016 – Present
  • Chief Judge, July 2012 – June 2016
  • Assistant Chief Judge, July 2010 – June 2012
  • Criminal, Jan. 2010 – June 2012
  • Drug Court, Oct. 2008 – Dec. 2009
  • Criminal, May 2007 – Oct. 2008

​Teaching Experience
  • University of Minnesota Law School:

    Judicial Skills Training
    Legal Writing Instructor
    Domestic Abuse Prosecution Clinic Supervisor
    Guest lecturer in Trial Practice

  • William Mitchell Law School: Legal Writing Instructor, Guest Lecturer in Criminal Procedure and Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • University of St. Thomas Law School: Adjunct Professor – Trial Advocacy
  • Frequent CLE and community speaker


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