Michael E. Ridgeway
In May Chief Judge
William Jay Riley of the
United States Court of
Appeals for the Eighth
Circuit announced the
appointment of Michael
E. Ridgway as a United
States Bankruptcy Judge
for the District of Minnesota.
fills the vacancy
created when Judge Nancy Dreher passed away in
November of 2012. He was sworn in on May 20,
2013, and his chambers are in Minneapolis.
Judge Ridgway received his undergraduate degree
with honors from Yankton College in South Dakota
in 1978 and his law degree from the University of
Notre Dame Law School in 1981. He began his law
career in private practice at the David Humphrey
Law Office, and in 1982 moved to Brady, Kabeiseman,
Reade, & Johnson, where he became a partner.
He worked as a solo practioner at the Ridgway
Law Office from 1992 until 1998, while also serving
in the elected position as Yankton County (SD)
State’s Attorney from 1993 to 1998.
From 1998 to 2006 he served as an Assistant U.S.
Attorney for the District of South Dakota, where he
handled civil and criminal cases, including bankruptJuly/
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cy, asset forfeiture, and white collar fraud prosecution.
From 2006 until the time of his appointment to the
federal bench, Judge Ridgway served as Trial Attorney
for the Office of the United States Trustee
in Minneapolis, specializing in bankruptcy practice
abuses and fraud. He also worked in these areas on
special detail with the Executive Office for the United
States Trustees in Washington, DC, from 2008 until
2011. In 2011 he and his colleagues received the
Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service
for their work on a nationwide initiative to address
abusive mortgage servicing practices.
Welcome, Judge Ridgway!
Katherine A. Constantine
In late May, Chief Judge William
Jay Riley of the United
States Court of Appeals for
the Eighth Circuit also announced
of Katherine A. Constantine
as a United States Bankruptcy
Judge for the District
of Minnesota. This appointment
fills the vacancy
created by the retirement
of Judge Dennis O’Brien in
June. She was sworn in on July 1 and her chambers
are in St. Paul.
Judge Constantine received her undergraduate
degree with honors from the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service in 1977 and her law degree
from the Georgetown Law Center in 1980. She
served on the law review board of The Tax Lawyer,
1978-1980, and as associate editor in 1980.
She began her legal career in private practice at the
firm of Nichols & Kruger from 1980 to 1983, and the
firm of Fabyanske, Svoboda & Westra from 1983 to
1985. In 1986 she began at the international firm of
Dorsey & Whitney, becoming partner in 1989. She
co-chaired the firm’s Finance and Restructuring Department
and then chaired the firm’s Minneapolis
Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group. Her
specific practice areas included bankruptcy, workout
and banking law, and corporate trust services.
In addition to her practice, she served on several
boards and has been active in mentoring and
continuing legal education, lecturing frequently on
bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and contributing to
Minnesota CLE deskbooks.
She has served as a member of the Bankruptcy Practice
Committee for the District of Minnesota and
has received numerous awards for her legal work,
including Minnesota “Super Lawyer” 1997-2013 and
Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2013.
Welcome, Judge Constantine!