Senior Judge Richard C. Ilkka
Senior Judge Richard C. Ilkka


Appointed to the bench on Aug. 9, 2007, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2008, 2014, and 2020. Retired on Feb. 9, 2024. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Mar. 11, 2024, to June 30, 2025.

Current Leadership & Professional Activities:

Chair, Washington County Bench, 2010-Feb. 9, 2024

State eCourtMN Judge Team

State Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Policy Group

Co-Lead Judge, Washington County Veterans Court Program

Co-Lead Judge, Washington County Family Court Early Neutral Evaluation Initiative

Co-Lead Judge, Washington County eCourtMN Initiative

Washington County Community Corrections Advisory Board

Member, Washington County Bar Association

Past Leadership & Professional Activities:

Chair, 19th District Ethics Committee

President, 19th District Bar Association

Washington County Mentally Ill Offender Task Force

Washington County Crime Victims Ad Hoc Committee

Previous Work Experience:

Solo practitioner, Stillwater, 1990-2007

Oakdale city attorney, 1993-2007

Contract court-appointed attorney for family & probate, Washington County, 1989-2007

Magnuson Law Firm, 1989-90


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

University of Minnesota, B.A., 1983