Judge Tamara Garcia

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-6000

Chambers Phone: (612) 596-7751
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-7753
Judicial Clerk: (612) 543-0150

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Tamara Garcia


Appointed April 7, 2008. Elected in 2010, 2016 and 2022. Current term expires December 31, 2028.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1986

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983


Private Practice, Tamara G. Garcia, P.A., 2000-2008

Hearing Examiner (Judge), AMERIND Risk Management Corporation, 2007-2008

Director-Board of Directors, State Fund Mutual Insurance Company, 2000-2008

Hearing Examiner (Judge), Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community, 1995-2008

Partner/Associate, Pustorino, Pederson, Tilton & Parrington, P.L.L.P., 1989-2000

Staff Attorney, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, 1987-1989

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota District Judges Association, 2008-Present

American Judges Association, 2008-Present

Minnesota State Bar Association, 1987-Present – Board of Governors 2000-2001

Hennepin County Bar Association, 1987-Present; Workers’ Compensation Section; Diversity Law Section (Chair – Awards Subcommittee, 1994-1996, 1998); Appointed to the Hennepin County Bar Association Nominating Committee, 1996-1999; Appointed as an Investigator, Fourth District Ethics Committee, 1997-2000

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 1994-Present

Minnesota Women Lawyers, 1994-Present (co-Chair – Community Relations Subcommittee, 1995-1996)

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1989-2000

Minnesota Minority Corporate Counsel Program, 1996-2000

Minnesota Self-Insurers Association, 1998-2000

Professional and Community Activities:

Volunteer, Everybody Wins Reading Program

Member, Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives Steering Committee (Chair – RAI Subcommittee, 2009-Present)

Board Member, State of Minnesota Gambling Control Board, 2004-2008

Member, University of Minnesota “M” Club

Member, University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Alumna, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority

Assignment History:

Criminal, 6/29/12 - Present

Juvenile Court, 3/09-6/28/12

Criminal, 2/08-2/09