July/August 2012
New Bankruptcy Judge for District of Minnesota: Kathleen Hvass Sanberg

Judge William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, announced the court has appointed Kathleen Hvass Sanberg of Edina, Minnesota, as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota.

Judge Sanberg is the first new judge to join the Minnesota bankruptcy bench in 24 years. She joins Chief Judge Gregory Kishel and Judges Robert Kressel, Dennis O’Brien, and Nancy Dreher. Her appointment was effective August 14. She fills the vacancy that will be left by Judge Kressel, who is retired but has been serving as a recall judge. Judge Sanberg received her undergraduate degree in 1979 from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and her law degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota Law School.

She began her legal career at the firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis, then practiced for a few years in California. She then joined the firm of Faegre & Benson, where she practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relations, and litigation. In 2001 she was appointed as a judge for the Minnesota Tax Court, where she has served until this appointment to the federal bench. In addition to her legal practice and service as a tax court judge, she has also served as an adjunct instructor at St. Thomas University Law School and has served on several Minnesota Supreme Court boards. She has been active and on the boards of directors for state and local bar associations, charities, and community organizations. She recently received the 2012 Myra Bradwell Award from Minnesota Women Lawyers.