Judge Jerome B. Abrams

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota (Law 6811, Seminar: Complex Litigation)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

Judicial Leadership

  • Minnesota District Judges Association- Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Justice Reform Task Force- Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Minnesota Chapter- Executive Committee
  • Scott County Criminal Justice Steering Committee- Chair 2008-2011
  • Minnesota Tribal Court Forum- First Judicial District Liaison
  • American College of Business Court Judges- Board of Directors     
  • First Judicial District Executive Management Committee
  • Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges Planning Committee 2012


  • Products Liability Annual, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1987
  • Current Issues in Insurance Coverage Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1988
  • Advising Human Service Providers, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
  • Product Liability in the U.S.: Is It Your Worst Nightmare?  Market USA, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1992
  • Architect/Engineer Malpractice, Lorman Education Services, 1996
  • How to Conduct an Effective Jury Trial, MSBA CLE, 1997
  • Bad Faith Litigation, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2000
  • Emerging Insurance Disputes: Bad Faith, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2003
  • Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation, 2005
  • MDLA Insurance Law Institute, Insurance Claim Practices, 2007
  • Mealey’s Scope of Coverage Conference, Washington, DC, 2007
  • Legal Issues for Minnesota Professional Engineers, HalfMoon Seminars, 2007
  • What Civil Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Terse, Pithy, and Other Ways to Please the Court, MDLA Insurance Law Institute, 2008
  • Tips for Civil Practitioners, 8th District Bar Association, 2009
  • Going Through the Motions, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2011
  • Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, DRI, New York, NY, 2011
  • Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group, MSBA CLE, Feb. and July, 2012
  • Judicial Trial Skills Evaluator, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Complex Case Management, Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges, 2012
  • Recognizing the E-Discovery Realities in Your Case, Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges, 2012
  • Litigating Attorney Fee Claims-a New World After United Prairie v. Haugen, MSBA CLE, 2013
  • The New Rules of Civil Procedure, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2013


  • Sophisticated Purchaser Defense: You Get What You Pay For.  Products Liability Commentary and Cases, Callaghan, 1986
  • MN CLE Desk Book, Business Torts (2007) (Chapter Author)
  • Miller-Shugart Revisited – Requiring Allocation in Consent Settlements.  For the Defense, 2008 Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2008, 52
  • Failure to Allocate? Nobody Pays: Using Miller-Shugart Settlements In Cases of Questionable Insurance Coverage, 4 Wm. Mitchell J. L. & Practice 2 (2010)
  • Electronic Discovery Primer (MSBA, 2013, Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group Joint Authorship)

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts, Minnesota 1981, Wisconsin 1985, pro hoc vice other states
  • Previous admissions to multiple Federal Courts, both trial and appellate       
  • Qualified ADR Neutral, Minnesota Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (since 1996)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association


  • B.A., Beloit College, 1977
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1981


  • First Judicial District Court Judge Since January 11, 2008, State of MN
  • Abrams & Smith, P.A., 1997-2008
  • Austin & Abrams, P.A., 1988-1996
  • Austin & Roth & Associates, 1982-1987
  • Schoenberger Legal Clinic, Self-Employed, 1981-1982

Private Practice Experience

  • Numerous trials and appeals in state and federal courts, including appellate practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Mass tort case experience: Asbestos, DES, World Trade Center, Breast Implants 
  • Products liability trial experience
  • Environmental liability case experience
  • Complex commercial case trial experience
  • Expert witness – reasonableness of attorneys' fees
  • Medical, legal, and accounting malpractice trial experience
  • Coverage and insurance bad faith trial experience
  • U.S. and foreign arbitration trial experience
  • Negligence, FELA, and Jones Act trial experience

Recognition as Private Practitioner

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated: A-V
  • Listed: Who’s Who in American Law
  • Listed: Who’s Who in America
  • Leading American Attorneys (American Research Corp.)
  • “Super Lawyers” (Minnesota Law & Politics)

Multi-district Assignments

  • In re: Parish Marketing and Development Corporation Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Litigation (Minn. Sup. Ct. Order A08-120, February 14, 2008)
  • In re: M.W. Johnson Construction, Inc. Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Litigation (Minn. Sup. Ct. Order A09-454, March 31, 2009)
  • In re: Minnesota Intoxylizer 5000EN Source Code Litigation (Minn. Sup. Ct. Order A09-2109, January 11, 2010); affirmed 816 N.W.2d 525 (Minn. 2012)