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Hon. Laurie J. Miller

Hon. Laurie J. Miller

Hennepin County District Court, Fourth Judicial District
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Laurie Miller is a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District, chambered in Minneapolis and serving Hennepin County, Minnesota. Judge Miller was appointed to the bench in 2008, elected in 2010, and reelected in 2016. After an initial general criminal assignment, Judge Miller spent three years in family court (including two years as Assistant Presiding Judge), before returning to criminal court for a felony block assignment. Since May 2013, Judge Miller has managed a civil block, together with a suburban misdemeanor block. On July 1, 2016, Judge Miller became Presiding Judge of the Civil Division. Her caseload runs the gamut from small (e.g. conciliation court appeals) to large (e.g. multimillion-dollar, multi-party business disputes). She has presided over a substantial number of cases involving non-compete and trade secret issues, many of which have proceeded through injunction hearings and/or trial.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Miller practiced for 25 years as a civil litigator, primarily at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis, where she became a shareholder in 1991.

Since becoming a judge, Judge Miller has volunteered time to teach a variety of CLE and CJE courses, including serving regularly as a co-moderator for the Hennepin County Bar Association’s popular “Law and Literature” programs on ethics and bias topics, and speaking at judicial education programs on topics such as “Exploring E-Discovery: Best Practices Every Judge Needs to Know” and “Jurors and Social Media.”

Judge Miller graduated from Stanford University in 1978, and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981. Following graduation from law school, Judge Miller clerked for Judges Myron H. Bright and Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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