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Helen M. Meyer, Associate Justice 2002-2012

Helen M. Meyer, Associate Justice, 2002-2012


Helen Meyer was appointed Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002.



Helen Marie Meyer was born February 24, 1954 in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She attended Southwest Minnesota State University for two years before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where she received a B.S. in Social Work in 1976. She worked in an adolescent psych ward for a few years before deciding to attend William Mitchell College of Law where she received a J.D. in 1983.

Meyer began her legal career as a clerk in 1982 at the Minneapolis firm of Schwebel, Goetz, Sieben and Hanson where she was offered a position upon graduation and worked there until 1987.

In 1987, she partnered with Fred Pritzker to form the Pritzker and Meyer law firm in Minneapolis, where she practiced until 1996 when she formed her own firm, Meyer and Associates in St. Louis Park.

After working on the Judicial Selection Commission, Meyer was appointed Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002, replacing Joan Ericksen Lancaster. In 2010, she started a clinic at William Mitchell focused on training lawyers to work in child protection. She retired from the Court in 2012 and spent the following year as Distinguished Jurist in Residence at William Mitchell College of Law. In 2014, Meyer joined the Minneapolis law firm, Briggs and Morgan where she practiced until her retirement in October 2018. She and her husband established an endowed chair at Mitchell Hamline, "The Justice Helen M. Meyer Chair in Child Protection." 

You may read more about the life and work of Justice Meyer in the resources provided in this guide.

Signature of Helen Meyer

Justice Meyer's signature in the Roll of Attorneys, Supreme Court, State of Minnesota, 1970-1983, pg 278, May 6, 1983.  Available online at:

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