Judge Karin L. McCarthy


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Feb. 5, 2018. Elected in 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law
  • B.A., with honors, College of St. Catherine

Past Employment:

  • Assistant County Attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office
  • Staff attorney, Tubman
  • Attorney, Family Violence Network
  • Associate attorney, Caswell and Associates
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law

Professional and Community Activities: 

  • Chair, St. Croix Valley chapter, Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member, Alumna Council, St. Catherine University
  • President, Cottage Grove Public Safety Board