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Hon. Arthur J. Boylan

Hon. Arthur J. Boylan

Mediation and Arbitration
Chief Magistrate Judge (Retired)
Minneapolis, MN, USA

JUDGE ARTHUR BOYLAN served as a full-time Federal Magistrate Judge to the United States District Court – District of Minnesota, from November 1996 until his retirement in January 2014.  In 2010, he was named Minnesota’s Chief Magistrate Judge.   In his role as one of the federal court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutrals, Judge Boylan has settled thousands of cases, including Brady v. National Football League, involving the 2011 lockout of professional football league players and related antitrust lawsuits.  He has also successfully mediated settlements in a number of complex class actions and multi-district litigation involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  In 2013, Judge Boylan was recognized as “Jurist of the Year” by the Minnesota Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers.Among his many professional accomplishments, Judge Boylan has served as President of the Minnesota chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Chair of the Minnesota Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee.  He has served on the Federal District Court’s Local Rules Committee, the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security, and is a former board member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.  Judge Boylan has lectured at the William Mitchell College of Law, been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota’s Law School teaching trial practice, and acted as a mentor at the University of St. Thomas Law School.  Judge Boylan graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law, and was admitted to practice in both Illinois and Minnesota.  Prior to his service as a District Court Judge, he engaged in the private practice of law as an associate and later partner with the firm of Hulstrand, Anderson, Larson & Boylan.  


Following his retirement from the federal bench, Boylan returned to the private sector, his Alternative Dispute Resolution office is located in Minneapolis. 


Judge Boylan is a native of Chicago and, much to the chagrin of his Minnesota-born wife, remains a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears. 



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