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Senior Judge William A. Johnson
(retired 2010)

Rice County


Appointed in January of 1977 by Governor Wendell Anderson. Elected 1986, 1992, 1998 and 2004. Retired Jan. 8, 2010.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.


J.D., cum laude, Harvard University Law School, 1972
B.A., with honors, Michigan State University, 1967


Private Practice- Northfield, Minnesota, 1973-1977

Professional Memberships:

Rice County Bar Association
Fifth District Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Professional Activities:

Assistant Chief Judge- Third Judicial District Court, 1987-1988