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Theodora Gaïtas, Judge 2020-

Theodora Gaïtas

Theodora K. Gaitas


Theodora K. Gaïtas was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Tim Walz on May 18, 2020









Appointed to the Court of Appeals on May 18, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. 

Appointed to the District Court on September 12, 2018, by Governor Mark Dayton.


J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1994
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1991


Attorney, Matonich Law, P.C., 2013-2018
​Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender, 1998-2013
Assistant Public Defender, Second Judicial District Public Defender, 2001-2002
​Law Clerk, Honorable Robert H. Schumacher, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1997
Assistant Public Defender, Bucks County Public Defender’s Office, Bucks County, PA, 1994-1996
​Law Clerk, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, 1993-1994

Professional Memberships:

Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Evidence, 2015-Present
​Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, 2013-2016
Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2001-2007
​Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
​Minnesota Women Lawyers

Professional and Community Activities:

Jungle Theater, Board of Directors, Chair and Director, 2013-2018
​Children of Incarcerated Caregivers, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
CAMP!, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
​Sunny Hollow Montessori Board of Trustees, Chair and Trustee, 2010-2013