Judge Catherine Trevino


Appointed by Governor Tim Walz on June 1, 2020. Elected in 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, BA in History and English, 1985

Valparaiso University, Juris Doctorate, 1988


Previous employment as an assistant public defender in Anoka County from 2014 to 2019.  Last employed as part-time assistant public defender and court-appointed counsel for the mental health commitment and paternity/contempt cases in Sherburne County, and owner of a law firm in Anoka County, where she focused her practice on criminal defense. Prior to relocating to Minnesota, Judge Trevino was a Felony Trial Supervisor at the Lake County Indiana Prosecutor’s Office, an Assistant Public Defender in Lake County, a member of the federal Criminal Justice Act panel for the Northern District of Indiana, and practitioner of her own law firm, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of family law, eviction work, personal injury, and criminal defense.  She was appointed as a Guardian ad Litem and a medical malpractice mediator by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships:

Bar admissions in Indiana and Minnesota.

Her community involvement includes being a member of the MN State Bar Association, a member of the MN Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Anoka Bar Association, a member of the MN Women Lawyers Community Action & Advocacy Committee, a member of the MN Human Trafficking Task Force, an advisor of the Totino Grace High School Mock Trial Team, and a former assistant volleyball coach at St. Stephen’s School in Anoka, MN.

Professional and Community Activities:

Previous professional associations in Indiana include President of the Northwest Indiana Women Attorney Association, and pro bono work as a Guardian ad Litem. Judge Trevino also was a member of the Indiana Bar Association, the Lake County Family Law & Criminal Defense Bar, a volunteer at St. Jude House for battered women, and a teacher’s aide at St. Mary School in Crown Point, Indiana.