Senior Judge Steven J. Cahill
Senior Judge Steven J. Cahill
Appointed/Elected:

Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Feb. 21, 2006. Elected in 2008 and 2014. Retired on May 31, 2018. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from June 5, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

Education:

  • Shanley High School, Fargo, North Dakota, 1966    
  • Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1967-1969
  • Winona State College, Winona, Minnesota, B.A., 1972
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, J.D. 1976

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1976
  • North Dakota, 1982
  • U.S. District Court - Minnesota, 1978
  • U.S. District Court - North Dakota, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Past Employment:

  • Great Central Insurance Company - Claims Adjuster, 1973-1976 (While attending law school)
  • Cahill, Gunhus, Streed, Grinnell, Jeffries & Klinger
    • Associate Attorney, 1976-1979
    • Partner, 1979-1981
  • Cahill & Marquart, P.A.: Shareholder, 1981- 2004 (President, 1994 - 2005)
  • Cahill Law Office, P.A.: Shareholder, 2005 (President)
  • Pearson, Christensen, Cahill & Clapp, PLLP: Partner, June 2005 - January 2006                            
  • Seventh Judicial District of Minnesota - District Judge, February 2006 - Present

Professional Assocations:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association: Board of Governors, 2001-2004
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association: President, 1994-1995; Board of Directors, 1987-1994
  • North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates: Rank of Advocate; Secretary, Minnesota Chapter, 1995-98
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court, Fargo, North Dakota: Master of the Bench; President, 1998-1999                                       
  • Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International, Peace Garden Pond, Fargo, North Dakota                                             
  • Minnesota District Judges Association

Certifications, Awards, and Honors:

  • Civil Trial Advocate - National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1987, 1993, 1999
  • Civil Trial Specialist - Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Trial Certification Council, 1988, 1994, 2000
  • Exceptional Performance Citation - Defense Research Institute, 1995
  • Martindale-Hubbell rating of A-V
  • Selected as a Leading Minnesota Attorney (Super Lawyer) by American Research Corporation, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005
  • Twenty Five Years of Judicare Service Award, Presented by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Professional Appointments and Committees:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association Court Rules Committee, 1987-91; Chair, 1991
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Uniform Local Rules Task Force, 1990 
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on General Rules of Practice, 1991-2004, 2007-2013
  • Minnesota Board of Professional Responsibility Seventh District Ethics Committee, 1999-2006; Chair, 2004–2006
  • Minnesota District Judges Association, District Administration Committee, Current

Community:

  • Moorhead Knights of Columbus
  • Past memberships and activities:
    • Moorhead Optimists Club
    • Moorhead Jaycees
    • St. Francis de Sales Parish Finance Committee
    • St. Joseph's Cemetery Volunteer Manager, 2000-2006          
    • Fargo Catholic Schools Network (Shanley High School) Advisory Council, 2004-2007