Judge Laura Nelson


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on June 1, 2016. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota. 
  • B.A., University of Redlands, Johnston Center 

Past Employment:

  • Attorney, Robins Kaplan, LLP
  • Staff attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Kathryn L. Quaintance, Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. 

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Presiding Judge, Second Judicial District, Civil Division
  • Chair, Second Judicial District Calendar Committee
  • Chair, Second Judicial District Training Committee
  • Member, Second Judicial District Courtroom Technology Committee
  • Member, Bench & Bar Benefit Committee, Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Adult Leader, Scout Troop 297, Roseville
  • Troop Leader, Girl Scout Troop 57900, St. Paul
  • Volunteer and past board member, Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association
  • Volunteer, Every Meal
  • Past Tri-Chair, Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
  • Former Secretary, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Former board member, Hennepin County Domestic Fatality Review Board
  • Former volunteer mock trial coach, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Past volunteer lawyer, The Advocates for Human Rights