Judge Michael E. Burns

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-6000

Chambers Phone: (612) 543-3774
Law Clerk: (612) 543-3775
Judicial Clerk: (612) 543-3776

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Michael E. Burns


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Nov. 1, 2016. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law
M.A., Hamline University
B.A., Brown University in Rhode Island

Past Employment:

  • Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
  • Adjunct professor, Hamline University
  • Associate attorney, Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, P.A.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
  • Probation officer, Hennepin County Community Corrections

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Race Director, Susan G. Komen of Minnesota Race for the Cure
  • Board member, Mitchell Hamline University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Member, Getting Word Project
  • Former board member, Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority


Judge Burns currently serves as the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Fourth District's Criminal Division. 

Assignment History:

  • Criminal- Nov. 1, 2016-present

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