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Susan M. Robiner realized her dream of becoming a judge on July 17, 2006. It was on this date that Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced her appointment to the Hennepin County District Court bench. In so doing, he remarked that “Susan has a reputation as a smart and successful attorney in a complex area of law who has risen to leadership positions within her law firm” and that “she also has a demonstrated commitment to public service and will bring her empathy for others with her to the bench.”
Judge Robiner is a lifelong resident of
After law school graduation, Judge Robiner returned to Minnesota and joined Leonard, Street and Deinard, first as associate from 1985 to 1993, and then as a shareholder from 1993 to 2000 and from 2001 until her appointment to the bench in 2006. During 2000-2001, she was a partner at the Sprenger and Lang law firm in
During her 20-plus years at Leonard, Street and Deinard, she gained a wealth of experience as a trial lawyer. Immediately prior to her appointment, she was chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Department, with her practice focusing on the highly technical practice areas of copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation. She also served as the Litigation Division’s professional development chair, responsible for designing and implementing the division’s attorney training program.
Her litigation practice also included employment law and counseling, where she handled multiple discrimination and harassment cases as well as counseled clients on all aspects of employee relations.
As a lawyer and now as a judge, Judge Robiner has been an active member of the bar as a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee for the Rules of Civil Procedure; Hennepin County Bar Association Speakers Bureau; Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment section; Minnesota Women Lawyers student and attorney mentoring committees; Minnesota Justice Foundation; American Bar Association Intellectual Property and Labor and Employment sections; and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She has also been an adjunct professor with the
As an involved community member, Judge Robiner volunteers at the Minneapolis Jewish Day School and at
Now, almost a year into her new role, she remains delighted with her new career: “I have a palpable sense of serving my community every day, and I am proud to be a member of a bench that is strong and self-critical, and that always asks the tough questions—what are we doing wrong, what are we doing right, and how can we improve.”
Judge Robiner is married to William Robiner, and has three children, Eli, 15 years; Sonia, 13 years; and Noah, 10 years old. Her family enjoys an assortment of team sports, summer vacations, beginner golf, hardcore skiing, and, because of her husband’s
Congratulations, Judge Robiner. We wish you many successful years on the bench.
Judge Susan M. Robiner
2006 Judge, Hennepin County District Court
2001-2006 Leonard, Street and Deinard
2000-2001 Sprenger and Lang