July/August 2014
New Judge for E.D. of Minnesota: Hildy Bowbeer

On June 23, 2014, Hildy Bowbeer was sworn in as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota.
She fills the vacancy left by Judge Arthur Boylan. Her chambers is in St. Paul and she began hearing cases on July 14.

Judge Bowbeer was born in West Virginia and grew up in Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1979. She began her legal career as a law clerk to Justice C. Donald Peterson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

After practicing as an associate with the firm of Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett, she became a founding partner in the firm of Bowman and Brooke in Minneapolis, where she had a national practice in product liability. In 1997 she became an attorney for the 3M Company, where she managed product liability and mass tort litigation and then moved on to managing the company’s intellectual property litigation.

In addition to her practice and work with 3M she has been active on the Federal Practice Committee for the District of Minnesota. She has also written numerous articles and spoken at conferences around the country on litigation management, electronic discovery, and mediation of intellectual property cases. Welcome, Judge Bowbeer!