Senior Judge M. Michael Baxter
Senior Judge M. Michael Baxter


Appointed Nov. 10, 2008, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected 2010 and 2016. Retired on Dec. 31, 2018. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021.


J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, 1991

B.A., College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, 1987


Attorney and shareholder; Baxter Engen, Ltd. in Burnsville; 2003-2008

Adjunct professor, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, 1995-2008

Solo practitioner in Apple Valley, 2000-2003

Associate attorney; Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi in Minneapolis; 1991-2000

Associate attorney, Robbin & Thompson in Wayzata, 1991

General sales manager, United Products Corporation, 1987-1989

Sales representative and regional manager, Genstar Roofing Products Company, 1976-1987

Professional Memberships:

Former member, First Judicial District and Dakota County Bar Associations

Former member, Rosemount City Council

Member, Regional Foreign Trade Zone Commission

Member, Dakota County Communications Center Executive Board

Chair, Rosemount Port Authority

Former chair, St. Joseph’s Board of Education

Former chair, Independent School District (ISD) #196 Budget Advisory Committee

Former chair, Rosemount Downtown Development Commission

Former chair, Rosemount St. Joseph’s Facility Task Force

Former chair, Rosemount High School Senior Party Committee

Former member, Rosemount High School Site Council

Former member, ISD 196 Levy Planning Task Force

Professional and Community Activities:

Former volunteer attorney, family law matters, Legal Assistance of Dakota County

Former Ramsey County volunteer Guardian ad Litem

Presented continuing legal education classes on the role of Guardian ad Litems

Served on a Hennepin County Juvenile Court Guardian ad Litem attorney panel