Judge Richelle M. Wahi


Appointed Feb. 26, 2016, by Governor Mark Dayton. Current term expires Jan. 2019.


Juris Doctorate, William Mitchell College of Law, Cum Laude 
Bachelor of Arts, College of St. Catherine, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi. 

Past Employment:

Partner, Lindquist & Vennum LLP, 2011-2016
Conciliation Court Referee, Dakota County
Attorney, Moss & Barnett, 
Attorney, Henson & Efron, 2003-2008

Presentations, Publications, and Appearances:

  • 2015 Access to Leadership Conference, sponsored by Lindquist & Vennum, Medtronic, Best Buy, and Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • “Clarity and Brevity – How To Avoid Common Drafting Mistakes In Divorce Documents,” 2015 Minnesota Family Law Institute
  • “Family Law Basics,” 2015 Pro Bono Legal Aide and Lindquist & Vennum Seminar Series
  • “Race and the Judiciary” – 2014 Dakota County Bar Association Seminar
  • “Togstad in the Digital Age,” 2014 Warren E. Burger Inns of Court
  • "Fundamentals of Property Division," 2013 Minnesota Family Law Institute
  • “Limitations on Grandparent Visitation?” Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Family Law Forum, 2012 Winter Edition
  • “Basics of Property Division,” 2012 Minnesota Family Law Institute
  • “Business Valuations in Tough Economic Times: Tips for Practitioners,” MSBA Family Law Forum, 2011 Winter Edition
  • “Child Custody Crosses the Border,” Application of the Hague Convention and International Child Custody Disputes, Fall 2010
  • “International Child Abduction and the Hague Convention,” WCCO Minnesota Law, Nov. 2010
  • “Divorce for Business Owners,” WCCO Minnesota Law, July 2010
  • “Changes in Child Support Laws,” WCCO Minnesota Law, August 2008
  • “Coaching to Win,” Minnesota State High School League, 1995-2001


  • Minnesota Rising Stars, 2008-2010, 2012-2015
  • ​North Star Lawyer recognition for pro bono service, 2013-2015

Community Involvement:

  • Warren E. Burger Inns of Court – Public Service Committee
  • Dakota County Conciliation Court Referee
  • ​Prior Volunteer Attorney, Tubman Safety Project 
  • Prior Volunteer Attorney Network for Hague Child Abduction for the United States State Department
  • ​Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Volunteer coach, Mendota Heights Youth Athletic Association Softball Program, 2013 - 2015
  • ​Volunteer coach, Eagan Athletic Association Volleyball Program, 2014-2015