Senior Judge Michael J. Thompson
Senior Judge Michael J. Thompson


Appointment by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Dec. 6, 2005. Elected in 2008 and 2014. Retired on Oct. 26, 2018. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023.


J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 1980
B.A., Journalism, University of Montana, 1976


Judge- Eighth Judicial District Court; Dec. 3, 2005-Oct. 26, 2018
County Attorney- Meeker County, 1990-2005
Assistant County Attorney- Meeker County, 1986-1990
Solo Practitioner- 1983-1986
Attorney- White & Thompson, 1982
Attorney- White Law Office, 1981

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association
Member/Past President- 12th District Bar Association
Former Member/Board of Directors- Minnesota County Attorney's Association
Board of Directors- Meeker County Law Library

Community Activities:

Retired: Litchfield Rescue Squad (24 years)
President and Board of Directors- Litchfield Baseball Association
Former coach- Litchfield Legion Baseball