Eric J. Magnuson

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Experience

Eric served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 2008-2010. Both before and after his service on the court, his practice has focused almost exclusively on appeals in state and federal courts. Over 40 years, he has handled hundreds of appeals involving a wide range of issues including the constitutionality of the public school finance system, employment law, trust and probate matters, trade secrets, business contracts, corporate fraud, insurance law, and professional liability. Eric speaks regularly on appellate topics, as well as matters of public interest. He has served as an associate professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law and the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and taught at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

 

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Chambers USA 2019
Super Lawyers 2019
Rated by Super Lawyers Top 100, Minnesota
  • Named "Attorney of the Year," Minnesota Lawyer (2017)
  • Named "Appellate Attorney of the Year in Minnesota" by Global Law Experts (2015)
  • Named a "Top 10 Minnesota Super Lawyer" (2015-2016, 2018-2019) and a "Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer" (2014-2018) by Super Lawyers 
  • Recipient, Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Advocate Award for significant contributions to improving civil justice (2015)
  • Elected to Executive Board, ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers (2014)
  • Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2014-2016)
  • Fellow and Past President, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (1998-Present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2013-Present)
  • Named a "Litigation Star", Legal Media Group Benchmark Litigation Survey: Appellate (2013)
  • Chambers USA (2012-2013, 2015-2019)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America Appellate Practice (2007-2020 editions), Commercial Litigation (2006-2008, 2012-2020 editions), and Bet-the-Company Litigation (2016-2020 editions)
  • Awarded Spurgeon Award, Northern Star Council (2011)
  • Awarded 21st Century Award, Campaign for Legal Aide (2010)
  • Named a "Minnesota Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers (2014-2019)
  • Named Top 10 Minnesota Lawyers, Minnesota Law & Politics (2007)
  • Named Top 25 Appellate Lawyers, Minnesota Law & Politics (2005)
  • Named Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2000)
  • Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Award by William Mitchell College of Law (2000)
  • Special Master, Karsjens v. State, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015-Present)
  • Task Force on Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Chair (2013-2014)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1976)
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. (1972)
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow and Past President 
  • 8th Circuit Bar Association, Founding President 
  • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers, Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Member; Past Co-Chair, Appellate Practice Committee, Section of Litigation; Past Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Coalition for Impartial Justice, Board Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Minnesota CLE, Board Member
  • Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, Chair (2003-2008)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member; Court Rules and Judicial Administration Committee; Past Chair, 
  • Court of Appeals Task Force
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Kaestner’s Impact on Trust Taxation Laws: No Taxation without ‘Minimum Connection 
    Presentation at private seminar for 100 trust company clients and referral sources (September 27, 2019)
  • Redistricting in Minnesota
    County Attorneys Association at the Board of Educators Program, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 6, 2019)
  • Judicial Decision Making Contemporaneous Research Ethics or Access
    ABA Convention, San Francisco, California (August 10, 2019)
  • The Lure of the Internet: The Ethics of Judicial Use of the Internet
    Hennepin County Bench Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 7, 2018)
  • Judicial Education
    Minnesota Court of Appeals Bench Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota (July 9, 2018)
  • Oral Argument Strategies, Rules, and Common Mistakes
    Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, St. Paul, Minnesota (May 31, 2018)
  • “Siri, how heavy is a 9-MM pistol?”: Emerging Ethical Issues in Independent Judicial Research
    American Bar Association, National Judicial Institute & Conclave, Chicago, Illinois (April 19, 2018)
  • Appellate Advocacy
    Mitchell Hamline Law School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (April 9, 2018)
  • Oral Argument War Stories and Tips for Success
    Minnesota CLE 2018 Appellate Practice Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 16, 2018)
  • Winning Moves to Make Tips for Managing Difficult People and Situations
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 27, 2018)
  • The Lure of the Internet The Ethics of Judicial Use of the Internet
    First Judicial District, Chaska, Minnesota (February 9, 2018)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (November 9, 2017)
  • Judicial Use of the Internet
    Hispanic National Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri (September 7, 2017)
  • Oil States Energy Services LLC v Greenes Energy Group
    Minnesota CLE, Webinar (July 18, 2017)
  • Certified Questions, Discretionary Review, and Partial Judgments: Appellate Review While Your Case Is Still in the Trial Court
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 24, 2017)
  • Family Law Series: ADR – Appellate Practice – Family Law Appellate Mediation Program
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE (November 18, 2016)
  • Pixels to Punctuation: Writing in a Digital Age
    American Judges Education Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 11, 2016)
  • Whats New with Appellate Court Rules
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE (September 26, 2016)
  • New Law Series United States Supreme Court Update
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE (September 9, 2016)
  • New Law Series Minnesota Supreme Court Update
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE (September 9, 2016)
  • The Ethics of Judicial Use of the Internet: 10 Real-Life Case Studies
    Minnesota CLE Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms, St. Paul, Minnesota (August 9, 2016)
  • The World of Appellate Practice and Strategy
    National Organization of Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations, Washington, DC (July 21, 2016)
  • The Complete Lawyer Series Appellate Practice
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE (July 8, 2016)
  • What I Learned About Being a Trial Lawyer from Being an Appellate Judge
    Minnesota Association for Justice, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 23, 2016)
  • State v. Lindquist: The Past, Present, & Future of Minnesota’s Good Faith Exception
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 23, 2016)
  • Don't Print! Legal Writing & Reading in the Digital Age
    Hispanic National Bar Association, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 17, 2016)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    Minnesota Association for Justice, MAJ Offices, Minnesota (March 3, 2016)
  • Appellate Case Preparation Start to Finish
    National Business Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 1, 2016)
  • Evidence on Appeal: Presenting Evidence Issues and Dealing with Them on Appeal
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 29, 2016)
  • Legal Implications of the Lindquist Decision
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 4, 2016)
  • Perspectives on Judicial Branch
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 11, 2015)
  • The Ethics of Judicial Use of Internet Resources
    The Eighth Circuit Bar Association, St. Paul, Minnesota (November 18, 2015)
  • Tech Talk: Appeals of Today and Tomorrow
    Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI), Washington D.C. (November 12, 2015)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California (November 11, 2015)
  • Handling Appeals (And Building an Appellate Practice in the Process)
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 16, 2015)
  • Independent Research by Judges: Emerging Ethical Issues
    ABA Judicial Division and National Judicial College, Chicago, Illinois (October 14, 2015)
  • Cyber Wars Strategies and Developments in the Discovery of Social Media Content
    Panelist, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 6, 2015)
  • Shaping Minnesota’s Appellate Judiciary – Speaking on Judicial Selection
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Section, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 29, 2015)
  • Writ of Certiorari "The Process and Procedure of Appealing an Administrative Decision to the Court of Appeals"
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 10, 2015)
  • The “President’s Manual”
    Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Duluth, Minnesota (August 13, 2015)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    Minnesota CLE, Duluth, Minnesota (August 2, 2015)
  • Do You Do the Voodoo That We Do?
    Webinar, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 12, 2015)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    First District Bar Association, Lakeville, Minnesota (May 12, 2015)
  • Do You Do the Voodoo That We Do?
    American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Santa Fe, New Mexico (April 17, 2015)
  • 9th Annual Appellate Practice Institute
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 13, 2015)
  • Statutory Construction Say What You Mean Mean What You Say
    William Mitchell College of Law (January 23, 2015)
  • Confidentiality of Court Files
    Law School for Legislators, William Mitchell College of Law and Minnesota Association for Justice (January 23, 2015)
  • Confidentiality of Court Files
    Family Law Series, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN (November 11, 2014)
  • Appellate Practice Appellate Ethics for Lawyers and Judges
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 20, 2014)
  • Campaign Finance
    OLLI Course, Impact of Roberts Court, Arden Hills, Minnesota (October 16, 2014)
  • New Appellate Rules and Electronic Briefs Seminar
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 3, 2014)
  • How to Appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 3, 2014)
  • Ethical Issues on Appeal
    Thomson Reuters, Podcast (August 20, 2014)
  • Religion and Government
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 19, 2014)
  • Appellate Practice: Electronic Briefs – Brief-Writing for When Judges Will Be Reading the Brief on a Computer Screen
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 19, 2014)
  • A Closer Look at the New Appellate Rules: E-Filing, Pilot Projects and Other Changes;
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 19, 2014)
  • How Technology has Affected Appellate Practice
    Eighth Circuit, Omaha Nebraska (August 7, 2014)
  • Ethics and Professionalism; a View from the Bench
    Defense Research Institute, Chicago Illinois (July 17, 2014)
  • Preparing the Record for Appeal
    Minnesota CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (June 2, 2014)
  • 40th Annual Probate and Trust Law Section Conference: The Life and Death of an Estates and Trusts Dispute
    Minnesota CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (June 2, 2014)
  • Why Federal Appeals are not the Same as State Court Appeals and Vice-Versa: A Guide for Employment Lawyers
    Minnesota CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (May 19, 2014)
  • Post-Trial Motions: Advanced Techniques
    Strafford, Webinar (May 5, 2014)
  • The Court of the Future: Use of Court Technology in the Next Generation
    American Bar Association, Grand Forks, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 17, 2014)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    University of North Dakota Law School, Grand Forks, North Dakota (April 15, 2014)
  • Appellate Practice: Appeals from the Inside Out
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 11, 2014)
  • Why the Country Needs a Fully-Funded Justice System
    Legal Aid, St. Cloud, Minnesota (March 28, 2014)
  • Oral Argument: Don’t Pull Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
    Minnesota CLE and MSBA Appellate Practice Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 14, 2014)
  • Proposed Impartial Justice Act
    Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Two Harbors, Minnesota (March 1, 2014)
  • Perspectives on the History of the Minnesota Supreme Court
    Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 25, 2014)
  • Strategic Decision Making in Appellate Practice
    University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 24, 2014)
  • E-Filing in the Appellate Court
    Minnesota CLE, Webcast (February 14, 2014)
  • Litigating the Constitutional Case
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (January 28, 2014)
  • Appellate Practice: Intellectual Property
    Understanding Minnesota Appellate Practice and Procedure Series, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 13, 2013)
  • Recovering Attorneys Fees and Costs
    Rossdale CLE (November 7, 2013)
  • Why We Need the Impartial Justice Act and Judicial Perspective
    Duluth Fair Courts Forum (October 24, 2013)
    Rochester Fair Courts Forum (October 24, 2013)
  • American Constitution Society Event
    University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 25, 2013)
  • Technology Ethics and Appeals
    MDLA Trial Techniques Seminar (August 5, 2013)
  • Future Technology and Appeals
    ABA 2013 Annual Meeting (August 4, 2013)
  • Technology and Ethics
    NCACC 40th Annual Meeting (August 3, 2013)
  • Motion Practice Demonstration
    HCBA Motion Practice Demonstration (July 1, 2013)
  • Sex Offender Task Force
    Minnesota County Attorneys Association Webinar, Brown Bag CLE Series (June 1, 2013)
  • Appellate Briefing and Argument
    State Public Defenders Program (June 1, 2013)
  • Effectively Recovering Attorneys Fees Costs
    Rossdale CLE (May 1, 2013)
  • The Legislative Redistricting Case the Insiders Views
    MSBA Appellate Practice Section (April 1, 2013)
  • Selection and Appointment of Appellate Judges in Minnesota
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (April 1, 2013)
  • Update on Minnesotas Sex Offender Civil Commitment Task Force
    Olmsted County Law Library (Rochester) (March 1, 2013)
  • Ethics and Appellate Practice The New Record on Appeal
    Minnesota CLE, 7th Annual Appellate Practice Institute (March 1, 2013)
  • Business Appeals in the Minnesota Supreme Court
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (February 1, 2013)
  • Litigating Attorneys Fee Claims
    Minnesota CLE, The 2013 Civil Litigator’s Annual Short Course (January 2, 2013)
  • Sex Offender Management Civil Commitment
    William Mitchell College of Law – Law School for Legislators (LS4l) (January 1, 2013)
  • Appeals in Administrative Law Cases They May Sound Boring But Theyre Not
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (December 1, 2012)
  • How to Appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals
    Minnesota CLE (November 1, 2012)
  • Politicization of the Judiciary Discussion
    University of Minnesota, Law School Chapter of American Constitution Society (October 1, 2012)
  • Employment Appeals What Makes Them Different
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (October 1, 2012)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer While I Was a Judge
    Litigation Practices a Developments in the Law, St. Thomas University (June 1, 2012)
  • Potholes in the Road to a Successful Appeal Common Issues to Recognize and Avoid
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (June 1, 2012)
  • Preparing for Appeal in the Trial Court And Appeal Basics
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (2) (April 1, 2012)
  • Panel Discussion: Resolution of Disputed Elections
    University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Law Bipartisan Policy Center Event (April 1, 2012)
  • Recognizing America’s Judiciary: A Dialogue with Chief Justices on Key Issues for Leaders of Business and the Community
    Directors Roundtable Institute Program (March 1, 2012)
  • Health Care and the High Court, Moot Court Arguments: Department of Health and Human Services v. State of Florida
    MSBA Health Law Section (March 1, 2012)
  • Basic Appellate Practice for Family Law Attorneys
    33rd Annual Family Law Institute (March 1, 2012)
  • Fundamentals of Post-Trial Motions and Preparation for Appeal in State and Federal Court
    HCBA Debtor/Creditor Remedies Section (February 1, 2012)
  • Appeals in Trust and Probate Cases
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (February 1, 2012)
  • Law and Public Policy
    The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Instructor (January 1, 2012)
  • Appeals in Employment Law Cases
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (October 1, 2011)
  • A Panel Discussion on Appeals to 8th Circuit
    8th Circuit Appellate Practice Program (October 1, 2011)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer From Being a Judge
    36th Annual MDLA Trial Techniques Seminar (August 1, 2011)
  • Advocacy on Appeal
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (August 1, 2011)
  • Technology in Appellate Practice
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (June 1, 2011)
  • An Appeal for Technology: Electronic Files, Technology and Trends in the Court
    Brief-Lynx, Inc., Chicago (June 1, 2011)
  • What I Learned About Being a Lawyer From Being a Judge
    HCBA – New Lawyers "Nuts and Bolts" (February 1, 2011)
  • Probate and Trust Appeals
    Minnesota CLE Webcast (February 1, 2011)
  • A Unique Approach to Learning about Effective Motion
    Practice HCBA Watch and Learn (February 1, 2011)
  • Technology Lawyers Should Be Using Today
    Legal Tech (January 1, 2011)
  • Issues Relating to Appeals
    HCBA Panel Discussion (January 1, 2011)
  • Appellate Counsel in Litigation
    Minnesota Claims Managers Luncheon (January 1, 2011)
  • An Appeal for Technology: Electronic Files, Technology and Trends in the Court
    Brief-Lynx, Inc., Denver (January 1, 2011)
  • Judges, Money and Politics: The State of Judicial Elections in Minnesota
    Humphrey Institute Forum (November 1, 2010)
  • Data Practices Act
    MnCCOGI, Minneapolis Public Library (November 1, 2010)
  • The Art and Science of Appellate Excellence – A Primer for All Litigators
    Minnesota CLE (October 1, 2010)
  • Appellate Law and Practice
    William Mitchell College of Law, Instructor (January 1, 2008)
  • Appellate Advocacy
    University of St. Thomas College of Law, Instructor (January 1, 2003)
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