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Judge Mark C. Vandelist


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Jan. 13, 2014.  Elected in 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1983 (Hamline University Journal of Public Law)

B.A., American University, Washington, D.C., 1980


Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association

Partner, Vandelist & Vandelist, P.A., Lakeville, MN, 1996-2013

Partner, Heuer & Vandelist, P.A., Minneapolis, 1992-1996

Trial attorney; Cousineau, McGuire, Chartered; Minneapolis; 1989-1992

Tom Albers & Associates, Bloomington, MN, 1985-1989

Thomas Lyons & Assoc., Maplewood, MN, 1984-1985

Law Clerk, The Honorable Donald Alsop, U.S. Federal District Court, St. Paul, 1983-1984

Professional Memberships:

American Bar Association

Past member, Minnesota Association of Justice Board of Governors

Past member, American Trial Lawyers Association

Past member, Minnesota Certified Civil Trial Lawyers Association

Past member, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Past member, Minnesota Bar Association

Past member, Dakota County Bar Association

Past member, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Professional and Community Activites:

Former certified civil trial specialist

Volunteer attorney coach, Lakeville North High School Mock Trial

Administrative board member, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis

SPRC board chairman, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis

Minnesota Public Television on air fundraiser

Board of directors, Northern Pines United Methodist Camp

Sponsor, Kids n’ Kinship

Sponsor, Children of Northern Ireland