February 2017

New Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota: David T. Schultz

On January 31, 2017, David T. Schultz was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota. He was sworn in on February 7, 2017. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron.
Judge Schultz received his undergraduate degree with honors from Carleton College in 1981 in Northfield, Minnesota, and his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1985, where he received the Hilmer Oehlmann Prize for Excellence in Research and Writing. As a law student, he also taught criminal law to undergraduate students at Stanford.
He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he was assigned to the Law Enforcement Section, prosecuting white collar crimes, and to the Solicitor General’s Section, defending the State and its officials in all manner of civil litigation.
Prior to this appointment, Schultz was a partner at the firm of Maslon LLP, where his practice focused on litigation in the areas of product liability, healthcare, commercial disputes, civil and criminal fraud, and intellectual property. As a litigator, he tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country and developed an active appellate practice. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and a Civil Pre-Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
He has devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono work and served on the Board of Innocence Project of Minnesota. He was the recipient of their 2016 “Never Forgotten Award” in recognition of his work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. He was also named a 2016 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.
In addition to his legal practice, he has lectured in constitutional law at Carleton College and taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. Welcome, Judge Schultz!