Bridgid Dowdal, Walter Kaminsky and Matthew Staehling recommended for Elk River judgeship

Bridgid Dowdal, Walter Kaminsky and Matthew Staehling have been recommended to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.

This vacancy was created upon the death of the Honorable Robert B. Varco. This district court judgeship will be chambered at Elk River in Sherburne County in the Tenth Judicial District.tt0150372

Dowdal is the Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of Inspector General at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She previously served as Assistant Dean at the William Mitchell College of Law, as partner at the law firm of Dowdal & Dowdal, PLC, as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice.

She has been a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and the Minnesota Women Lawyers Leadership Award Selection Committee. She served on the Board of Directors for the SteppingStone Theatre for Children and actively supports charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Race for the Cure.

Kaminsky is an attorney with Lindell and Lavoie, LLP, where he practices in personal injury litigation and criminal defense. Prior to this, he served as Sherburne County Attorney and was a partner with Terpstra, Black, Brandell, Kaminsky, & Hoffman.

Kaminsky has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, Minnesota Association for Justice, and was a volunteer attorney with Central MN Legal Services.

He is also a board member of the Guardian Angels Care Center’s Finance and Ethics Committee and is also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Big Lake Chapter.

Staehling is the City Attorney for the City of St. Cloud, where he practices general civil/municipal law and serves as the legal advisor for City Administration and the City Council.

Previously, he was as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Cloud and an attorney at Magnuson Law Firm.

Staehling has also served as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the Minnesota Army National Guard – 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division. He has been a member of the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys and the Stearns-Benton Bar Association.

Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District consists of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.