Governor Walz nominates Elise Larson de Brainerd to Minnesota Court of Appeals

Governor Tim Walz has appointed attorney Brainerd Elise Larson to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The announcement fell Thursday, April 28.

Larson, who is the daughter of Laine Larson, Superintendent of Brainerd Public Schools, will fill the position vacated by the Honorable James B. Florey after his retirement. The seat Larson will occupy is for a resident of the eighth congressional district.

Elise Larson
Credit: Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan

“She is a remarkable lawyer who has excelled at every stage of her career,” Governor Walz said in a press release. “Her extensive experience in the practice of civil and administrative law – and her experience as a clerk to some of the most renowned judges in the region – have prepared her well for the bench.

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan also praised Larson and his qualifications. “[Larson] is highly skilled, civic-minded, and passionate about public service and equity. I am convinced that she will be an excellent judge.

Larson’s background includes serving as water program director and senior counsel at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. In this position, Larson teaches environmental law and oversees the Environmental and Energy Law Clinic.

She previously served as law clerk for Chief Justice Lorie Gildea on the Supreme Court of Minnesota, Justice Myron Bright on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Chief Justice John Tunheim on the United States District Court. United for the District of Minnesota. At Briggs and Morgan PA Larson was a lawyer. In complex litigation, she has represented private sector clients.

Larson earned a BA from Concordia College. She later earned her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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