Matthew Johnson (judge)

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Matthew Johnson
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
In office
November 1, 2010 (2010-11-01) – October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)
Appointed byTim Pawlenty
Preceded byEdward Toussaint
Succeeded byEdward Cleary
Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Assumed office
January 1, 2008 (2008-01-01)
Appointed byTim Pawlenty
Preceded byseat established
Personal details
Born (1963-02-10) February 10, 1963 (age 56)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma materSt. Olaf College (B.A.)
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.)

Matthew E. Johnson (born February 10, 1963) is a judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He previously served as its Chief Judge.


Johnson received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in 1985 and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1992, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review .[1]


Following graduation, he worked as a staff auditor for the Prudential Insurance Company in Minneapolis, and then as a staff assistant to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He spent the next two years as a judicial clerk, first with Charles Robert Wolle of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and then with David Hansen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.[1]

From 1994 until 2007, Johnson was engaged in private practice in Minneapolis, most recently with Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson.

Judicial service[edit]

In late 2007, Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed him to a new seat on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, beginning January 1, 2008. Pawlenty later appointed him as chief judge, serving from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Judge Profile: Judge Matthew E. Johnson". Minnesota Judicial Branch. Retrieved February 23, 2014.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
New seat
Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edward Toussaint
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Edward Cleary