Judge Thomas M. Sipkins

Hennepin County Courthouse
(612) 348-2040

Chambers Phone: (612) 543-1290
Reporter: (612) 348-8790
Law Clerk: (612) 543-1291
Judicial Clerk: (612) 348-0331

Judge Thomas M. Sipkins
Appointed/Elected:Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Mar. 2, 2009. Elected in 2010 and 2016.

Retired Sept. 30, 2017.
Education:J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1973
B.A., Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1969
Employment:Attorney and partner; Maslon, Edelman, Borman, and Brand in Minneapolis; headed the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and was a member of its Competitive Practices and Litigation groups (2004-2009)
Attorney and shareholder; Halleland Lewis, Nilan, Sipkins and Johnson in Minneapolis (1996-2004)
Attorney and shareholder; Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, Kaufman and Doty in Minneapolis (1986-1996)
Attorney and partner; Peterson, Popovich, Knutson and Flynn in St. Paul (1977-1986)
City of St. Paul staff attorney (1975-1977)
Staff attorney, United States Renegotiation Board in Washington D.C. (1973-1975)
Professional Memberships:Member of the American, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Served on the American Bar Association's Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections.
Former member, Federal and Ramsey County Bar Associations
Professional and Community Activities:Mentor for the Page Education Foundation
Board member for People Serving People
Boards of directors of the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center, YMCA Camp Warren, and Temple Israel
Member of the Edina Men’s Choir and the Edina Athletic Booster Board
Class agent for the Williams College Class of 1969 Alumni Fund
Reading tutor of minority students at Bethune Elementary School in Minneapolis
Additional Information:Selected by Minnesota Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer every year from 1997 to 2009.
Recognized as a Top 40 Employment Lawyer from 2003 to 2009.
Assignment History:Civil, July 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017
Civil & Criminal, 1/30/2012 – 6/30/2016
Family, 2/2010 – 1/17/2012
Criminal, 3/2009 – 1/2010