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Judge Theodora Gaïtas


Appointed September 12, 2018, by Governor Mark Dayton. Current term expires January 1, 2021.


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1994
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1991


  • Attorney, Matonich Law, P.C., 2013-2018
  • ​Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender, 1998-2013
  • Assistant Public Defender, Second Judicial District Public Defender, 2001-2002
  • ​Law Clerk, Honorable Robert H. Schumacher, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1997
  • Assistant Public Defender, Bucks County Public Defender’s Office, Bucks County, PA, 1994-1996
  • ​Law Clerk, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 1993-1994

Professional Memberships:

  • Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Evidence, 2015-Present
  • ​Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, 2013-2016
  • Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2001-2007
  • ​Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • ​Minnesota Women Lawyers

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Jungle Theater, Board of Directors, Chair and Director, 2013-2018
  • ​Children of Incarcerated Caregivers, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
  • CAMP!, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • ​Sunny Hollow Montessori Board of Trustees, Chair and Trustee, 2010-2013