January 30, 2019

12:10 pm - 1:15 pm, Central Time

ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul: Legal Luminary Luncheon: Judge Eric C. Tostrud

Atlas Grill, Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society is pleased to announce its next Legal Luminary Luncheon. The luncheon series provides an exclusive opportunity for ACS members to dialogue with and learn from luminaries of the Twin Cities legal and policy community.

Space is very limited so please RSVP if you plan on attending. Attendees must be current ACS members. Click here to join or renew your ACS membership.


The Honorable Eric C. Tostrud, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

Lunch will be provided by Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP.

Eric C. Tostrud, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1965. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Speech cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1987. Judge Tostrud received his J.D. summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 1990, and he was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 1990. He clerked for Judge Edward J. Devitt of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota from 1990 to 1992, and for Judge George E. MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1992.

Judge Tostrud was nominated to the federal bench by President Donald Trump in February 2018. The Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous voice vote on September 6, 2018, and he was sworn in on September 14.

Judge Tostrud spent his entire career as a practicing lawyer with the Minneapolis firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen. He was an associate with the firm from 1992 to 1997, a partner from 1998 through 2014, and of counsel from 2015 through his appointment to the federal bench. During his time with the firm, Judge Tostrud maintained a complex litigation practice concentrated almost exclusively in the federal courts primarily in the health care, insurance coverage, fraud, and financial services fields. His pro bono service included representing military veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

While in practice, Judge Tostrud taught often as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and at the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2015, Judge Tostrud began teaching law full time as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, first at William Mitchell and then at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Judge Tostrud’s areas of teaching included legal writing, the federal courts, federal jurisdiction, federal civil procedure, complex litigation, electronic discovery, and the business of lawyering. Judge Tostrud’s service as a member of the Mitchell Hamline faculty ended with his judicial appointment.

Judge Tostrud has served his community in a variety of ways. Among the more significant points of service, he has been active in his church, serving on council and as congregational president, among other activities. He served as a trustee of William Mitchell College of Law from 2006 to 2015. He founded the Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Peace and Justice Studies at St. Olaf College in 2001, a program that continues to fund student opportunities for social entrepreneurship and public service. Judge Tostrud also spent considerable time volunteering and coaching in the West St. Paul Area Youth Hockey Association.