Hennepin County District Court Judge Thomas S. Fraser is one of the best-known civil litigators (and now trial court judge) in Minnesota due to his 30-years of practice, his 25 years as a neutral, and his large role in the management of Fredrikson & Byron.
Minnesota Litigator was delighted and honored to have the chance to interview Judge Fraser last week.
Minnesota Litigator (“ML“): What’s your day been like?
Hennepin County Judge Thomas Fraser (“TF“): I had several lawyers in court this morning on a Torrens matter and I kept the lawyers around for two hours. There were alleged forged deeds and the question is who bears responsibility for the forged deeds. And it’s a case of first impression and it was interesting.
ML: Were the lawyers knowledgeable?
TF: All very knowledgeable real estate experts and they all said this is a case of first impression and [they] cannot agree on who bears responsibility.
ML: Did you make progress?
TF: We set up a status conference about where we needed to go on this. But it reminded me of the variety of cases that a trial judge sees. I had a verdict in a railroad injury case on Monday – all federal law. Then a case involving Medicare. Subrogation rights in no-fault cases. The variety is one of the attractions of the job but it doesn’t make it easier.
ML: Any parts of the job that you don’t like?