Judge Richelle M. Wahi

Appointed/Elected:

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


Education:

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, 
2008-2011
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

Recognition:

  • 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