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Associate Justice David L. Lillehaug

Minnesota Judicial Center
Supreme Court
(651) 297-7650

Associate Justice David L. Lillehaug
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Appointed on Mar. 26, 2013, by Governor Mark Dayton, effective June 3, 2013. Elected in 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


J.D. cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1979.

B.A. summa cum laude, Augustana College, 1976.


Law Clerk to the Hon. Harry MacLaughlin, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1979-81.

Issues Aide and Executive Assistant to the Hon. Walter Mondale, 1983-1984.

United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, 1994-1998.

Private Practice, 1981-1983, 1984-1994, 1998-2013. Last Position: Officer/Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, 2002-2013.

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association: Governing Council, Civil Litigation Section, 1987-1990; Author’s Award, 1990; Founding Chair, Construction Law Section, 1989-1991; Advisory Committee, Mock Trial Program, 2012-present.


Outstanding Alumnus Award, Augustana College, 2006.

Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2009.

Hall of Fame, Sioux Falls Washington High School, 2012.

Honorary Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2016