Gov. Dayton appoints two Mitchell graduates to the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Today, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of two William Mitchell graduates as judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. the Honorable Denise D. Reilly ’83 and Peter M. Reyes, Jr. ’97 will be appointed to at-large seats, which will become vacant upon the retirements of the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski and the Honorable Terri J. Stoneburner on April 1, 2014.

The Hon. Denise Reilly '83

The Hon. Denise Reilly ’83

“Judge Denise Reilly and Mr. Peter Reyes will be outstanding additions to the Minnesota Court of Appeals,” said Governor Dayton. “Judge Reilly has distinguished herself for 16 years, as a Hennepin County District Court Judge.  Mr. Reyes has had a very impressive legal career with Cargill; Robbins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi; and, now, Barnes & Thornburg.  I am confident that both Mr. Reyes and Judge Reilly will serve our state well.”

Judge Reilly is a member of William Mitchell’s board of trustees and a District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District, where she has presided since her appointment from Governor Carlson in 1997. Prior to her appointment, Judge Reilly was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, serving as chief of the Firearms and Narcotics Section. Judge Reilly earned her B.A. from the College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, and her J.D. with honors from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Mr. Reyes is a member of William Mitchell’s board of trustees and a partner at Barnes and Thornburg, where his practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property and litigation in both state and federal court. Previously, Mr. Reyes was a senior intellectual property lawyer at Cargill, and, prior to that, was an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

Peter Reyes '97

Peter Reyes ’97

Additionally, Mr. Reyes is a former president of both the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

With the addition of Judge Reilly and Mr. Reyes, nine of the 17 judges on the Court of Appeals will be William Mitchell graduates, including:

  • Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks ’85
  • Judge Carol Hooten ’78
  • Judge Renee L. Worke ’83
  • Judge Heidi S. Schellhas ’80
  • Judge Matthew E. Johnson ’92
  • Judge Michelle A. Larkin ’92
  • Judge John P. Smith ’75

The Court handles most appeals from the final decision of the trial courts, state agencies, and local governments. It is composed of eight judges representing each of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and eleven judges serving in an at-large capacity.