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Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Associate Justice 2006-2010; Chief Justice 2010-

Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea

Lorie Skjerven Gildea Portrait


Lorie Skjerven Gildea is the current Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, serving since July 1st, 2010






Appointed as Chief Justice on July 1, 2010. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Term expires Jan. 2025.

Appointed as Associate Justice on January 11, 2006.



J.D. Degree, magna cum laude, order of the coif
Georgetown University Law Center, 1986

B.A. Degree, with distinction
University of Minnesota Morris, 1983


Legal Background:

Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Gildea served as a judge in the Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County. 

Before being appointed to the bench in September 2005, Justice Gildea was a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (2004-2005), Associate General Counsel at the University of Minnesota (1993-2004) and in private litigation practice at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. (1986-1993).


Community Involvement:

Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission (May 2001-November 2004)

Board of Directors, YWCA of Minneapolis (July 2000-June 2003)

Advisory Board, MINNCORR Industries (June 2000-June 2002)


Professional Affiliations:

Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (2004-2006)

Minnesota State Bar Association

  •   Member, Council (July 1, 2003-Present)
  •   Member, Assembly (2000-Present)
  •   Member, Governing Council, Civil Litigation Section (2000-2006)

Hennepin County Bar Association

  •   Member, Board of Directors (2000-2004)
  •   Chair, Finance and Planning Committee (2002-2003)
  •   Co-chair, The Hennepin Lawyer Committee (2001-2002)

National Center for State Courts' Conference of Chief Justices

  • Board of Directors (2013-2015)