Qualified & Experienced


Chief Justice Gildea has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2006.  Prior to joining the Supreme Court, the Chief was a District Court Judge, a Hennepin County prosecutor, an attorney for the University of Minnesota, and a civil litigator.


The Chief graduated from the University of Minnesota – Morris, and then went on to law school at Georgetown University, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class.

Litigation Experience

Following law school, the Chief represented individuals and businesses as a civil litigator in private practice.  She represented clients in courtrooms across the country.  Then in 1993, the Chief became Associate General Counsel for the University of Minnesota, where for 11 years she litigated cases around Minnesota and in front of the United States Supreme Court.  The Chief then went to work for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted white-collar criminals and those who preyed on vulnerable adults.


District Court

Before joining the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Chief was a trial judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota’s largest and most diverse county. The Chief presided over criminal cases during her time on the trial court bench.

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Minnesota Supreme Court

In 2006, the Chief was appointed as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.  She was elevated by Governor Pawlenty to the position of Chief Justice in 2010, and elected by Minnesota voters to retain that position in 2012.