Mary Pawlenty, Esq.

Mary Pawlenty is a mediator and arbitrator of civil disputes with Gilbert Mediation. From October 1994 until February 2007, she was a Minnesota District Court Judge in the First Judicial District. The First Judicial District includes the seven counties of Dakota, Carver, Goodhue, Scott, Le Sueur, McLeod and Sibley. Prior to becoming a judge, she was a partner with the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel. She began her legal career in Houston, Texas at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins.

Her work as a civil litigator included a wide variety of civil cases including personal injury matters, employment litigation, insurance coverage, product liability cases and contract disputes. She received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Bethel University in 1983, and her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986.