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Christopher J. Dietzen, Associate Justice, 2008-2016

Christopher J. Dietzen, 2008-2016

Portrait of Justice Christopher J. Dietzen

In 2008,Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Christopher J. Dietzen Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served until 2016.  




Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1973
Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1969



Born:  Yakima, Washington


Professional Experience:

  • Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2008 - 2016
  • Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2004-2008
  • Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Bloomington, Minnesota, 1978 - 2004. Specialization in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate litigation and valuation disputes
  • Richter, Wimberly & Ericson, Spokane, Washington, 1973 - 1977


Professional Activities:

  • Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Chair, May 31, 2015 - present; member, appointed September 2012
  • Member, Judicial Council, appointed July 1, 2015
  • Liaison Justice, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2008 to present; served as Chair, 2005 - 2008.  Previously appointed as a member in 1998 and reappointed in 2004
  • Member, Commission on Judicial Selection, 2003 - 2004
  • Advisory Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Rules of the Board on Judicial Standards, appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2003 
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, October 1988, and subsequently recertified up through present date
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member, 1978 to present.  Hennepin County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, 1984 to present.  Hennepin County District Ethics Committee, Vice-Chair of one of the Screening Committees and for one of the IRC panels.  Previously served as member and investigator from 1996 to 2004