Senior Judge Ellen L. Maas
Senior Judge Ellen L. Maas


Appointed January 13, 1995, by Governor Arne Carlson. Elected in 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. Retired Feb. 3, 2023. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025.


J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 1981
B.A., magna cum laude, Drake University (Phi Beta Kappa), 1978


Partner- Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman, 1988-1995

Partner- Arthur, Chapman & Michaelson (Minneapolis, MN), 1982-1988

Law Clerk- Hon. Robert Schiefelbein (Minnesota District Court and Fourth Judicial District, 1982

Law Clerk- Justice Glenn E. Kelley (Minnesota Supreme Court), 1981-1982

Professional Memberships:

Board of Directors- Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1984-1988
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Executive Committee- Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court

Professional Activities:

Supreme Court Advisory- Committee on General Rules of Practice, 1995-present
Uniform Local Rules Task Force, 1989-1993
Judicial Merit Advisory Commission, 1990

Community Activities:

Bassoonist- Kenwood Chamber Orchestra, 1985-present
White Bear Lake Conservation District Commission, 1994-1995