MEET JUDGE HILGERS
Respected - Tested - Trusted
JUDGE DeANNE HILGERS has been a resident of Ramsey County for more than 35 years. A graduate of Mounds View High School, she and her husband of 26 years are raising their children in the same school system. She is the granddaughter of a truck driver, a farmer and a concrete finisher who worked hard to give the next generations educational opportunities that they did not have . Her mother was the first in her family to graduate from high school, continuing on to college and law school. Judge Hilgers followed in her mother's footsteps, graduating magna cum laude from William Mitchell (now Mitchell Hamline) College of Law in St. Paul, and became a law clerk at the Minnesota Supreme Court. Before being appointed to the Ramsey County District Court bench, Judge Hilgers was a partner at Lindquist & Vennum (now Ballard Spahr), one of Minnesota's largest law firms.
JUDGE HILGERS IS RESPECTED. Judge Hilgers is a leader in her profession and her community. Media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio have sought her insight on legal matters involving work-site enforcement. She was named a Rising Star in the legal field four times, a recognition given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota lawyers. She has served on the Minnesota Second Judicial District Ethics Committee for Ramsey County. She is past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association -- Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, and past chair of Redeemer's Arms (now Dale Street Place) in St. Paul, which provides supported housing for people with mental illness and chemical dependency. She served on the board of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota for six years, and on Lindquist & Vennum's public service and personnel committees. She currently chairs the Ramsey County District Court's Court Corrections Committee, and is a member of the Equal Justice Committee and Interpreter Workgroup.
JUDGE HILGERS IS TESTED. Judge Hilgers has broad legal experience. She has presided over more than 2,300 criminal hearings in Ramsey County District Court. As an attorney, she litigated personal injury, construction and employment matters, and built a national law practice that helped small and midsize businesses with talent acquisition and worksite compliance. When a St. Paul company faced nearly $6 million in federal fines for paperwork errors, she negotiated a 94-percent reduction in the fine, which kept the company in business and preserved the jobs of more than 2,000 employees. She has fought for workers, and helped men and women tortured in their home countries obtain political asylum. In her personal life, Judge Hilgers was a foster mom for several years. The experience has given her special understanding of the impact a court decision can have on children removed from their homes. Her experience, both professional and personal, makes her an effective and insightful judge.
JUDGE HILGERS IS TRUSTED. A host of respected legal professionals, community leaders Ramsey County residents have endorsed and are supporting Judge Hilgers.
Please join them and vote for Judge Hilgers on November 6.