Judge Jerome B. Abrams

Judicial Leadership

  • National Center for State Courts- Board of Directors
  • eCourtMN initiative- Judge Team Member
  • The Sedona Conference Working Group 1- Member and Contributor
  • Expedited Litigation Track Pilot Project Dakota County- Judicial Manager
  • ​First Judicial District Executive Management Committee- Member
  • National Center for State Courts- Council of Chief Justices, Civil Justice Initiative- Sub-Committee Chair Rules and Litigation
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section- Judicial Representative (2014-2016)
  • American College of Business Court Judges- Board of Directors
  • Minnesota District Judges Association- Board of Directors (2009-2015)
  • Minnesota Civil Rules Advisory Committee

Complex and Multidistrict Judicial Assignments

State v. Bernard, 859 N.W.2d 762 (Minn. 2015), rehearing den. (March 16, 2015), cert. granted (U.S. December 11, 2015); decided with Birchfield v. North Dakota, 579 US___(2016)
 
City of West St. Paul v. Larry A. Dimmen, et al, 19HA-CV-13-4929, Dakota County District Court (pending condemnation action involving hundreds of properties)
 
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) (resolved consolidation of more than 4000 cases)
 
In re: M.W. Johnson Construction, Inc. Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Litigation (Minn. Sup. Ct. Order A09-454, March 31, 2009) (resolved actions involving hundreds of competing liens)
 
In re: Parish Marketing and Development Corporation Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Litigation (Minn. Sup. Ct. Order A08-120, February 14, 2008) (resolved action involving hundreds of competing liens)
 

Presentations

  • “Will Wonders Never Cease: Issues Past, Present, and Maybe Future in DWI Cases,” Minnesota State Court Continuing Judicial Education (CJE), March 2017
  • “Getting it ‘Write,’ Drafting Orders That Do the Job and Survive Appeal,” Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges, 2016 CJE
  • “E-Discovery: Everything You Need to Know!,” Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Continuing Legal Education (CLE), 2016
  • “Achieving Civil Justice for All,” Illinois 2nd Appellate Conference Fall 2016
  • “Pinching Discovery Pennies While Getting What You Need- A look at the Amended Federal Rules and Similar State Streamlining Efforts.” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Civil Justice Initiative Report, Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators Annual Meeting, 2016
  • “Improving Access and Efficiency in Our State Courts,” Association of General Counsel Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Checklist on the Admissibility of Electronic Evidence, MSBA CLE (webinar), 2016
  • Creating the Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive Courts of Tomorrow: State Projects and Rules Update: Experiences, Empirical Research and Expectations; The Role of Judges and Engagement; Creating the Just, Speedy and Inexpensive Courts of Tomorrow: Observations from the Bench; Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (Denver), 2016
  • Civil Justice Initiative Update and Draft Recommendations, Conference of Chief Justices Mid-Year Meeting, 2016
  • Justice Roundtable, National Center for State Courts, 2015
  • “The Future of State Courts: Civil Justice Improvements and Judicial Elections,” The Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers, 2015
  • “Innovations in Civil Legal Services,” National Legal Aid & Defender Association, 2015
  • “Taking a Fresh Look at Civil Justice Reform,” Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (Denver), 2015
  • “Ethics for Lawyers on the Move,” ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2015
  • “Rocket Docket Update,” Minnesota District Judges Foundation Fall Conference, 2015 CJE
  • “Order(s) in the Court,” Minnesota District Judges Foundation Fall Conference, 2015 CJE
  • "Managing the Challenging Civil Case: Navigating the Seas of Expert Issues," Minnesota Judicial Branch/Minnesota District Judges Foundation, 2015 CJE
  • American Board of Trial Advocates: National Jury Summit 2015
  • New Hampshire Bench/Bar Conference: "A Changing World," 2015
  • "Taking a Fresh Look at Access to the Courts," Massachusetts Chief Justice Gants’ Litigation Alternatives Group Meeting (webinar), 2015
  • Justice Roundtable, National Center for State Courts, 2014
  • "Foundations of Digital Records in Medicine and Law: Reliability and Authenticity," Johns Hopkins Medical School Division of Health Sciences Informatics, 2014
  • “Pockets, Rockets & Dockets,” Minnesota District Judges Foundation Fall Conference 2014 CJE
  • "Masters in Trial," American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation, 2014
  • Minnesota Certified Trial Lawyers E-Discovery Workshop, 2014
  • Women in E-Discovery Minnesota Rules Update, 2014
  • "E Discovery and the New Rules," Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Professionals, 2013
  • Annual Meeting Working Group 1, The Sedona Conference, 2013
  • “You Love It, You Hate it, Now You Have to Live With It: e-Discovery,” William Mitchell College of Law, 2013
  • The New Civil Rules, Northstar Alliance of Minnesota Law Firms, 2013
  • Minnesota Corporate e-Discovery Forum, 2013
  • "Understanding the Revisions to the Minnesota Civil Rules," Minnesota American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2013
  • "The New Civil Rules and e-Filing," MSBA CLE, 2013
  • "How the New Rules Impact the Courts," Quarterly District Meeting, May 2013 CJE
  • "The New Rules of Civil Procedure," Minnesota Association for Justice, 2013
  • "Litigating Attorney Fee Claims- A New World After United Prairie v. Haugen," MSBA CLE, 2013
  • "Recognizing the E-Discovery Realities in Your Case," Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges, 2012 CJE
  • Complex Case Management, Minnesota Annual Conference of Judges, 2012
  • Judicial Trial Skills Evaluator, University of Minnesota, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group, MSBA CLE, Feburary and July ,2012
  • "Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium," DRI, New York, NY, 2011
  • "Going Through the Motions," Minnesota Association for Justice, 2011
  • Tips for Civil Practitioners, 8th District Bar Association, 2009
  • "Terse, Pithy, and Other Ways to Please the Court," MDLA Insurance Law Institute, 2008
  • "What Civil Judges Want You to Know," National Business Institute, 2008
  • Legal Issues for Minnesota Professional Engineers, HalfMoon Seminars, 2007
  • Mealey’s Scope of Coverage Conference, Washington, DC, 2007
  • MDLA Insurance Law Institute, Insurance Claim Practices, 2007
  • "Masters in Trial," ABOTA Foundation, 2005
  • "Emerging Insurance Disputes: Bad Faith," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2003
  • "Bad Faith Litigation," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2000
  • "How to Conduct an Effective Jury Trial," MSBA CLE, 1997
  • "Architect/Engineer Malpractice," Lorman Education Services, 1996
  • "Product Liability in the U.S.: Is It Your Worst Nightmare?," Market USA, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1992
  • "Advising Human Service Providers," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1991
  • "Current Issues in Insurance Coverage Law," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1988
  • Products Liability Annual, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1987

Publications

  • E-Discovery Desk Book (Chapter Author), Minnesota CLE (2016)
  • Minnesota Business Litigation Desk Book: Claims and Remedies (Chapter Author), Minnesota CLE (2015)
  • An Electronic Discovery Primer, 40 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 427 (2014) (Contributing Author)
  • Electronic Discovery Primer (MSBA 2013) (Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group Joint Authorship)
  • Failure to Allocate? Nobody Pays: Using Miller-Shugart Settlements In Cases of Questionable Insurance Coverage, 4 Wm. Mitchell J. L. & Practice  2, (2010)
  • Miller-Shugart Revisited – Requiring Allocation in Consent Settlements, For the Defense,   2008 Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2008, 52
  • MN CLE Desk Book, Business Torts (2007, 2011, 2013) (Chapter Author)
  • Commentary and Cases, Callaghan, 1986
  • Sophisticated Purchaser Defense: You Get What You Pay For., Products Liability

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota (Complex Litigation) (2008 to 2014)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law (Advocacy 2014)
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas, 2010 to Present

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts, Minnesota 1981, Wisconsin 1985 (inactive), pro hoc vice other states
  • Previous admissions to multiple federal courts, both trial and appellate       
  • Qualified Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral, Minnesota Supreme Court 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Inducted 1996)
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Business Court Judges
  • National Center for State Courts
  • The Federalist Society

Education

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

Employment

  • Judge (appointed 2007), elected 2010, reelected 2016
  • 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 Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court and 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 reasonable value of attorney’s 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