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Judge Regina M. Chu

Hennepin County

Hennepin County Courthouse
Phone: (612)348-2040

Chambers Phone: 612-348-7788

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff


Appointed July 22, 2002, by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2004. Elected in 2010.


University of Minnesota, BA (cum laude 1975)
William Mitchell College of Law, JD (cum laude 1980)


District Court Judge, 2002-present
Private Attorney, Regina M. Chu, P.A., 1997-2002
Private Attorney & Partner, Wilson & Chu, 1993-1996
Private Attorney & Partner, Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, 1985-1993
Special Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General's Office, 1981-84
Law Clerk to Associate Justice Amdahl, MN Supreme Court, 1980-81
Law Clerk to Judge Barbeau, Hennepin County District Court, 1977-1980

Additional Information:

Assignment History

Civil & Criminal, 2007-Present
Family, 2005-2007
Criminal, 2002-2004

Current District Court Committees
Civil Committee
Judicial Education Committee
Hennepin County Subcommittee on ADR
Equal Justice Committee

Avoiding the Woodshed: Sanctions Under New Rule 11 and Section 549.21, MLM View, (1987)
Trial Court Rejects Indefinite Tolling of Medical Malpractice Statute, Minnesota Defense, (1986)

Teaching Positions and Lectures

  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Legal Writing, 1984-85
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Civil Practice Skills, 1986-1987
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Advice for New Lawyers, 2010
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, New Lawyers Nuts and Bolts, 2009
  • Hennepin County Young Lawyers Section, Professionalism, 2009
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Dealing With Pro Se Parties in Collection Cases, May 2009
  • 27th Annual Family Law Institute, When, Why and How to Use Expert Witnesses in Family Court, March 2006
  • 2005 Criminal Justice Institute, Crawford, August 2005
  • Clarion CLE, Women in the Legal System, 2005
  • Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, Civility and Professionalism in the Courtroom, 2004
  • Minnesota CLE, Law Firm Organization, Size, Style and Soul, 2002
  • Minnesota CLE, Litigation-Tactics, Problems, Solutions, 2002
  • Minnesota CLE, The Ultimate Trial Notebook, Pretrial Motions, 2000
  • MILE, Going Solo: How to Set Up and Maintain a Practice, 2000
  • Minnesota CLE, The Ultimate Trial Notebook, Pretrial Motions, 1998
  • MILE, Premises Liability, 1997
  • New Americans Forum, Legal Remedies and Rights, 1997
  • Faculty Discussion Leader, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, Strategic Approaches to Minnesota Evidence, 1996
  • Panelist, Urban Youth Initiative, 1996
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers CLE, Dissecting the Lawyers Professional Insurance Policy, 1993
  • Minnesota Business and Professional Women, Sexual Harassment, 1991
  • Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company Defense Panel Seminar, Bad Faith Attorney's Fees and Ethical Considerations, 1987
  • MILE, Tort Reform for Insurance Professionals, 1987
  • Grand Forks Clinic, Medical Professional Liability, 1986
  • CLE, Court of Appeals Procedures and Practice Aids, 1984

Professional Associations, Organizations, Positions and Honors

  • Board member – Asian Women’s United Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Bar Memorial Committee, 2004-present
  • Vice Chair, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, 2001-02
  • Board Member, Lawyer Professional Responsibility Board, 1998-2001
  • President, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2001-02
  • Executive Committee, 1996-2001
  • Member, Director of Office of Professional Responsibility Selection Committee, 2002
  • Bench and Bar Committee, 2004-present
  • Governing Council of Labor and Employment Law Section, MSBA, 1998-2000
  • Children's Law Center, Volunteer Attorney, Truancy Intervention Project, 1999-2001
  • Selected as an Outstanding William Mitchell College of Law Woman Graduate, 2000
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 1995-97
  • Hennepin County Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1993-98
  • President, National Asian Pacific Bar Association, 1997-98; Board Member, 1995-98
  • Co-Chair, Minnesota Minority Corporate Counsel Program, 1995-98
  • Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee, 1986-88
  • Bench and Bar Committee, 1997-1998
  • Hennepin County Bar Benefit Committee, 1995
  • Board Member, Minneapolis Athletic Club, 1995-98
  • ABA Law in Public Service Committee
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Alumni of Notable Achievement
  • William Mitchell College of Law Notable Female Graduate- Selected by peers as one of the top 100 Minnesota Attorneys