Senior Judge Richard C. Perkins
Senior Judge Richard C. Perkins


Appointed February 24, 1994.  Elected in 1996, 2002 and 2008. 

Retired July 2, 2014.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978
B.S., Mankato State College/University, 1971


Perkins Law Office, Solo Practitioner, 1984-1994
Anderson Law Office, 1980-1984
Legal Assistance Olmstead County, Staff Attorney/Executive Director, 1978-1980

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota District Judges Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Eighth District Bar Association

Community Activities:

Le Sueur-Henderson Public School Board of Directors (1990-94)
Le Sueur Area Chamber of Commerce (current member and former officer)
Le Sueur Lions former member and officer
Church council member and former director and officer
Minnesota Valley Community Hospital Foundation Member
Minnesota Valley Community Hospital Ethics Committee Member

Additional Information:

Judge Perkins was elected by his peers as a director and officer of the Minnesota District Judges Association (MDJA), serving as President from 2002-03.  He continues to serve on the MDJA board and its committees.  He was the lead judge in Le Sueur County for the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Children’s Justice Initiative and a member of the First District’s Children’s Justice Initiative (CJI) Committee.  He also served as a judicial member of the First District Domestic Violence Task Force from 1994-99.