Senior Judge Thomas D. Hayes
Senior Judge Thomas D. Hayes


Appointed September 29, 1995; elected 1996; re-elected 2002, 2008, and 2014. 

Retired on June 10, 2017.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023.


Concordia College-Moorhead, 1973, B.A., magna cum laude.

University of Minnesota School of Law, 1976, J.D.

National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1996, General Jurisdiction Course


Law Department, Lutheran Brotherhood, 1975-1977

Private practice, 1977-1990

Assistant public defender, 1988-1990

Sherburne County Attorney, elected 1990; re-elected 1994, served 1991-1995

Professional Status:

Admitted to practice before the courts of:

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the State of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Eighteenth District Bar Association
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • American Judicature Society