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Judge Profile:

Judge Gregg E. Johnson


Ramsey County

Ramsey County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 266-8266

Staff: 

Jill Garrison, Court Reporter
Joseph Cassell, Law Clerk

Appointed/Elected:  

Appointed October 1, 1992, by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012.  Current term expires January 2019.

Personal:  

Born 1950.  Resides in St. Paul.

Education:  

Hamline University School of Law (J.D. 1983); Mankato State University Master Program (1975-77); University of Minnesota (B.A. Economics 1972)

Employment Background: 

Ramsey County Public Defender (1984-92); Metropolitan Council (1974-84)

Related Articles:

  • Johnson Enjoys the Challenge of Serving as Ramsey Chief Judge, Minnesota Lawyer, Sept. 13, 2004
  • Family Judge Sees His Role as a Problem-Solver, Minnesota Lawyer, June 28, 1999

Professional Affiliations: 

Minnesota State Bar Association; Ramsey County Bar Association; Minnesota District Judges Association

Academic Positions: 

Adjunct Faculty, William Mitchell College of Law, Aug. 2007-Present

Advisory or Policy-Making Positions: 

  1. Chief Judge, Second Judicial District, 2004-2008
  2. Assistant Chief Judge, Second Judicial District, 2002-2004
  3. Minnesota Judicial Council, 2005-2008
  4. Chair of Judicial Council Finance Committee, 2005-2008
  5. Judicial Council Access & Service Delivery Committee, 2008
  6. Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Initiative Task Force, 2007-2008
  7. Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges, 2002-2005
  8. Supreme Court Committee on Open Chips Hearings
  9. Supreme Court Committee on Child Support Guidelines

Awards and Honors:

  • Lao Family of Minnesota Appreciation Award 2006
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Criminal Justice Award 2006
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Award 2004

Notable Cases and Decisions:

  • Presided over the 30-year-old homicide of St. Paul Police Officer James Sackett in the cases of:  State of Minnesota v. Ronald Reed and State of Minnesota v. Larry Clark
  • Presided over the homicide of St. Paul teen Benjamin Doran in the cases of: State of Minnesota v. Chawtell Nestell and State of Minnesota v. Robert Cindrich
  • Presided over the homicide of St. Paul teen Anthony Basta in the cases of: State of Minnesota v. Dale Stewart, State of Minnesota v. Daniel Angus, and State of Minnesota v. Jonathan O’Neil 
  • Presided over all antitrust cases filed in Minnesota in the Minnesota Antitrust Vitamin Cases
  • Presently presiding over the class action case of Clifford L Whitaker, Michael V. Mucci, et al, vs. 3M