Paul Anderson (judge)

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Paul H. Anderson
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
July 1, 1994 – May 31, 2013
Appointed byArne Carlson
Preceded byJohn Simonett
Succeeded byDavid Lillehaug
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
In office
September 1, 1992 – June 30, 1994
Appointed byArne Carlson
Preceded byD.D. Wozniak
Succeeded byAnne Simonett
Personal details
Born (1943-05-14) May 14, 1943 (age 76)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Marina (died 2005)
Alma materMacalester College (B.A.)
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.)

Paul Holden Anderson (born May 14, 1943)[1] is a former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1994.


Anderson graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1965 with a B.A. cum laude and earned a J.D. in 1968 from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Before his appointment to the judicial branch, Anderson was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of LeVander, Gillen & Miller Law Offices in South Saint Paul. He served as a VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) attorney from 1968 to 1969 and as a special Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division and Department of Public Safety of the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General from 1970 to 1971.[1] He served on Arne Carlson's 1990 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign committee.[2]

Anderson was appointed by Governor Arne Carlson to the Minnesota Court of Appeals as Chief Judge, beginning on September 1, 1992. Two years later, Carlson appointed Anderson to be an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, beginning on July 1, 1994.[1] He is the author of many important decisions, including a leading case on bail, State of Minnesota vs. Wesley Brooks.[3] Anderson retired on May 31, 2013 when he reached the statutory mandatory retirement age for judges in Minnesota.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson lives in St. Paul with his wife, Jan, who worked as the human resources director at Metropolitan State University. They have one daughter, Isa, who is an elementary school teacher. Their second daughter, Marina, died in 2005.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Law Library. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Simons, Abby (May 30, 2013). "Veteran justice's retirement is end of an era for state Supreme Court". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Anderson, Paul H. (January 13, 2000). "State of Minnesota vs. Wesley Brooks". Minnesota State Law Library. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
Legal offices
Preceded by
D.D. Wozniak
Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Anne Simonett
Preceded by
John Simonett
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Succeeded by
David Lillehaug