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Judge Mary B. Mahler


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on June 28, 2010. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctorate, 1994

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Bachelor of Arts (English), 1991


Quinlivan & Hughes, PA, St. Cloud, MN, Shareholder, 1998-2010

Law Office of Mary B. Mahler, Las Vegas, MN, Owner, 1995-1998

Professional Memberships:

Member, Minnesota District Judges Association (current)

Board of Directors, Minnesota District Judges Association (current)

Member, MN Supreme Court Rules of Civil Procedure Advisory Committee (current)

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) (current)

Member, MSBA’s Civil Litigation Governing Council (current)

Member, John E. Simonett Inns of Court (current)

Member, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (1998-2010)

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers Association (1998-2010, Officer 2002-2004)

Member, Seventh Judicial District Bar Association (1998-2010)

Member, Stearns/Benton Bar Association (1998-2010)

Professional and Community Activities:

Seventh Judicial District’s Equal Access to Justice Committee (current)

Stearns County Community Corrections Advisory Board’s Elimination of Racial Disparity Committee (current)

Annual Conference of Judges Planning Committee (2015)

Director, New Beginnings, St. Cloud, MN (2003-2008, Officer 2004-2008)

Volunteer Attorney Coach, Apollo High School Mock Trial Team (1998-2001)

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Connection Scheduling Committee (1998-2000)

Member, Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Cloud, MN (current)

Additional Information:

Certified Civil Trial Specialist by MSBA, 2009

Martindale Hubbell "AV" Rating, 2009

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by MN Law & Politics, 2004 and 2005

The Seventh Judicial District courts are courts of General Jurisdiction, which means that all the judges hear all types of cases and do not specialize in one particular type of case or area of law.  Judge Mahler presides over most types of criminal, traffic, civil, family, conciliation, and probate court cases.  She presided over juvenile cases from 2012 to 2014. Judge Mahler, like most judges in the Seventh Judicial District, handles more than 3,600 cases every year.