The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice
by Roberta Walburn
University of Minnesota Press, 2017
U.S. District Judge Miles W. Lord of the District of Minnesota was one of the founders of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party and as a federal judge, presided over a number of landmark cases.
Miles Lord was born in 1919 and grew up in Crosby on the Cuyuna Iron Range in northern Minnesota. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, he graduated from University of Minnesota Law School in 1948. He worked in private practice in Minneapolis various years from 1948 to 1961 and was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota from 1951 to 1952 and the state attorney general from 1955 to 1960. From 1961 until appointment to the federal bench he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.
Lord was appointed a U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota in 1966. He served as chief judge from 1981 to 1985, when he assumed senior status. A few months later, in September 1985, he retired as a federal judge and returned to private practice. He died on December 10, 2016, at the age of 97.
His former law clerk, Roberta Walburn, authored his biography, Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice,published in 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.