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Judge Regina M. Chu

Hennepin County

Hennepin County Courthouse
Phone: (612)348-2040

Chambers Phone: 612-348-7788

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff


Appointed July 22, 2002, by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2004. Elected in 2010.


University of Minnesota, BA (cum laude 1975)
William Mitchell College of Law, JD (cum laude 1980)


District Court Judge, 2002-present
Private Attorney, Regina M. Chu, P.A., 1997-2002
Private Attorney & Partner, Wilson & Chu, 1993-1996
Private Attorney & Partner, Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, 1985-1993
Special Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General's Office, 1981-84
Law Clerk to Associate Justice Amdahl, MN Supreme Court, 1980-81
Law Clerk to Judge Barbeau, Hennepin County District Court, 1977-1980




Additional Information:

Assignment History

Civil & Criminal, 2007-Present
Family, 2005-2007
Criminal, 2002-2004

Current District Court Committees

Civil Committee
Judicial Education Committee
Hennepin County Subcommittee on ADR
Equal Justice Committee


Avoiding the Woodshed: Sanctions Under New Rule 11 and Section 549.21, MLM View, (1987)
Trial Court Rejects Indefinite Tolling of Medical Malpractice Statute, Minnesota Defense, (1986)

Teaching Positions and Lectures

  • Adjunct Professor, St. Thomas College of Law, Trial Skills (Fall 2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Legal Writing, 1984-85
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Civil Practice Skills, 1986-1987
  • Minnesota CLE, New Minnesota Civil Rules (April 10, 2013)
  • MSBA, Too Close to the Line: Reflections from the Bench on the Gray Areas in the Practice of Law (March 16, 2013)
  • Minnesota CLE, Winning Discovery, (Nov. 27, 2012)
  • MSBA, Nine Days in June 2012 – Two Sides to Every Story (June 28, 2012)
  • Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Litigation Practice and Developments in the Law (June 15, 2012)
  • Minnesota CLE, How to Litigate the Civil Case (Dec. 2011)

Professional Associations, Organizations, Positions and Honors

  • Board member – Asian Women’s United Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Member – Hennepin County pro Bono Project Committee, 2013 – present
  • Member – Civil Litigation Section Council, 2012-present
  • Chair – MSBA Professionalism Committee, 2012-13
  • Bar Memorial Committee, 2004-2006
  • Vice Chair, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, 2001-02
  • Board Member, Lawyer Professional Responsibility Board, 1998-2001
  • President, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2001-02
  • Executive Committee, 1996-2001
  • Member, Director of Office of Professional Responsibility Selection Committee, 2002
  • Governing Council of Labor and Employment Law Section, MSBA, 1998-2000
  • Children's Law Center, Volunteer Attorney, Truancy Intervention Project, 1999-2001
  • Selected as an Outstanding William Mitchell College of Law Woman Graduate, 2000
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 1995-97
  • Hennepin County Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1993-98
  • President, National Asian Pacific Bar Association, 1997-98; Board Member, 1995-98
  • Co-Chair, Minnesota Minority Corporate Counsel Program, 1995-98
  • Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee, 1986-88
  • Bench and Bar Committee, 1997-1998
  • Hennepin County Bar Benefit Committee, 1995
  • Board Member, Minneapolis Athletic Club, 1995-98
  • ABA Law in Public Service Committee
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Alumni of Notable Achievement
  • William Mitchell College of Law Notable Female Graduate
  • Selected by peers as one of the top 100 Minnesota Superlawyers