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Senior Judge John R. McBride
Senior Judge John R. McBride


Appointed January 31, 2003.  Elected in 2004, 2010, 2016.  Retired on Jan. 4, 2019. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 8, 2019, to June 30, 2021.


Advanced Trial Advocacy, 1987, University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Trial Advocacy, 1979, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Hamline University School of Law (J.D. 1977); University of Missouri (B.S. in Psychology 1975)

Employment Background:

Vice President, Senior Shareholder and Member of the Board of Directors, Lommen, Nelson, Cole, and Stageberg, P.A. (1991-2003); Senior Shareholder, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt, P.A. (1989-1991); President, Donlin, McBride and Goetteman, P.A. (1982-1989); Staff Attorney, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (1980-1982); Associate Attorney, Geimer and Rice, P.A. (1978-1980)

Bar Admissions:

United States Supreme Court (1985); Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1985); Federal District of Minnesota (1978); Federal District of Western Wisconsin (1999); Minnesota State Bar (1978); Wisconsin State Bar (1999)

Certifications and Certificates:

Certified Civil Trial Specialist with the Minnesota State Bar Association
Certificate in Certified Civil Mediation Skills Training

Professional Honors:

Hamline University School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award (2000); Super Lawyer, Law and Politics (2000); National Registry of Who’s Who (2000); Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2000); Leading American Lawyers (1999); Who’s Who in American Law (1996)

Community Service:

In 1983, Judge McBride was appointed to chair the Metropolitan Parks and Open Spaces Commission, which was charged with planning and funding the development of Minnesota’s Regional Park System. Also in 1983, he was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Sub-Cabinet on Metropolitan Affairs to provide advice and guidance to the governor on issues impacting the metropolitan area. 

Through his work with International Short Term Missions, Judge McBride has served as a member and leader of work teams that assist in the building of schools in Africa, Jamaica, and Haiti. 

Currently Judge McBride serves as Chair of International Child Care (USA), a non-profit organization serving children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.