Judge Eric Hylden

St. Louis County - Duluth Courthouse
Sixth Judicial District
(218) 221-7560

Chambers Phone: (218) 221-7682

Sixth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Eric Hylden


Appointed Mar. 3, 2007, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2008, 2014, and 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1987
University of Minnesota - Duluth, B.A. and B.A.A. (magna cum laude), 1984
Academy of the Holy Angels, high school diploma, 1978


Reyelts, Leighton, Bateman, and Hylden; attorney and shareholder, 1992-2007; associate, 1987-1992

  • During nearly twenty years of private practice, Judge Hylden represented clients in nearly all aspects of civil litigation.  A significant percentage of his work was in complex litigation, such as professional malpractice, construction cases and product liability.  Judge Hylden tried approximately 30 cases to a verdict.  He was recognized as a ‘Super Lawyer’ by the magazine Minnesota Law and Politics from 2000-2006.

Professional Memberships:

Member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Justice Reform Task Force, November 2010-May 2012

Sixth Judicial District representative to the Minnesota District Judge’s Association, 2009-present

Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Civil Litigation governing council, 1999-2007

11th District Bar Association, member and past president
Wisconsin Bar Association, 1995-2007

Professional and Community Activities:

Minnesota representative to the IAALS (Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System) E-Discovery Summit in Denver CO, September 2013

Minnesota representative to the National Judicial College Complex Commercial case course in Dearborn, MI, October 2013

Volunteer Attorney Program, attorney and board member, Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award 1992-93

Martial Arts

  • North Shore Tae Kwon Do; martial arts instructor
  • Fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Second degree black belt in Hapkido
  • Second degree black belt in Kumdo

National Wild Turkey Federation; past local chapter president

Duluth Parks and Recreation Board; past member

Boy Scouts of America; Eagle Scout Award in 1978