Judge Theodora Gaïtas

Minnesota Judicial Center
Court of Appeals
(651) 297-7650

Judge Theodora Gaïtas


Appointed to the Court of Appeals on Aug. 24, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. Current term expires Jan. 2023.

Appointed to the District Court on September 12, 2018, by Governor Mark Dayton.


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1994
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1991


  • Attorney, Matonich Law, P.C., 2013-2018
  • ​Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender, 1998-2013
  • Assistant Public Defender, Second Judicial District Public Defender, 2001-2002
  • ​Law Clerk, Honorable Robert H. Schumacher, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1997
  • Assistant Public Defender, Bucks County Public Defender’s Office, Bucks County, PA, 1994-1996
  • ​Law Clerk, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 1993-1994

Professional Memberships:

  • Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Evidence, 2015-2021
  • ​Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, 2013-2016
  • Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2001-2007
  • ​Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • ​Minnesota Women Lawyers

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Jungle Theater, Board of Directors, Chair and Director, 2013-2018
  • ​Children of Incarcerated Caregivers, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
  • CAMP!, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • ​Sunny Hollow Montessori Board of Trustees, Chair and Trustee, 2010-2013