Judge Erik J. Askegaard


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Jan. 4, 2010. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Term expires Jan. 2025.


University of North Dakota School of Law, JD, 1986

University of North Dakota, BSBA, cum laude, 1982

Admitted to Practice: 

US District Court, State of Minnesota, 1987

US District Court, District of North Dakota, 1987

Minnesota State Courts, 1987

North Dakota State Courts, 1986

Legal Employment: 

Primary Areas of Private Practice: Insurance defense, plaintiff personal injury, general civil litigation, court approved ADR neutral

  • Askegaard & Robinson, P.A. (1991 -2009)
  • Jeffries, Olson & Flom, P.A. (1987-1991)

Law Clerk to Hon. Justice Herbert Meschke, North Dakota Supreme Court (1986-1987)

Law Related Organizations when in Private Practice: 

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Minnesota Association for Justice

Minnesota State Bar Association


  • “The Occurrence Clause: Issues of Expectation, Intent and Conscious Control of Risks,” published in Minnesota Defense magazine, Spring 1992
  • “Professionalism in Settlement Negotiations,” published in Minnesota Defense magazine, Fall 1996
  • “Dealing with Unprofessional Conduct,” published in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s March 2003 manual, “Professionalism in Your Practice – A Discussion Guide for Your Firm"

Seminars --- was CLE presenter / lecturer as follows:

  • “Using Accident Reconstruction Experts in Trial – Why? When? How?,” presented at the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) 22nd Annual Trial Technique Seminar, 1997
  • “Motions in Limine – Strategies for Limiting and Excluding Evidence,” presented at the MDLA 24th Annual Trial Technique Seminar, 1999
  • “No-Fault Indemnity & Subrogation,” presented at the Minnesota Institute for Legal Education (MILE) No-Fault Seminar 2000, Mar. 2000
  • “Professionalism: Zeal and the Junkyard Dog,” presented at the Minnesota CLE Ethics / Bias Seminar, 2001
  • “Dealing with the New Jury Instruction Guides in Auto Accident Cases,” presented at the MDLA Annual Mid-Winter Meeting Conference, 2002
  • “Settling From Both Sides of the Fence,” presented at the Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ)Annual Spring Seminar, Mar. 2008; and at the North Dakota Association for Justice (NDAJ) Annual Spring Seminar, May 2008
  • “Understanding Independent Medical Examinations from the Defense Perspective,” presented at the MNAJ Seminar, Sept. 25, 2008
  • “Evaluating and Investigating the Premises Liability Case – Avoiding the Pitfalls and Dangers of Taking the Wrong Case,” presented at the MNAJ Seminar, Sept. 18, 2009

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Qualified Neutral on Minnesota Statewide Neutrals Roster since 1997
  • Qualified Family Law Facilitative Neutral since 2006


  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (1995-2000)
  • Civil Trial Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association (Aug. 2001 to present)
  • Civil Trial Specialist, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (June 2002 to present)