An Owatonna-based public defender is among three candidates recommended to Gov Mark Dayton to fill a judgeship in Faribault.
The Commission on Judicial Selection is recommending the candidates to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District, which includes Waseca County. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Judge Thomas M. Neuville.
Jeffrey Johnson is the 3rd Judicial District chief public defender, where he is responsible for public defender services to 11 counties. Previously, he was the interim managing attorney and an assistant public defender in the office, the president of Jeffrey M. Johnson P.A., and a partner at Schurhammer & Johnson. He serves on the steering committees for the Steele-Waseca and Olmsted Treatment Courts, as well as the advisory boards for Rice County Community Corrections and Dual Recovery.
Candidate Adam Dowd is a solo practitioner at Adam Dowd, Attorney at Law where his practice focuses on civil litigation. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor of business law at St. Olaf College. Previously he was a partner at the law firm of Schmitz, Ophaug, Dowd & Blumhoefer, city attorney for Dundas, and an associate attorney with the Cody Law Office in St. Paul. He is the chair of the 5th District Ethics Committee.
Christopher Neisen is a managing partner with Wornson, Goggins, Neisen, Morris & Brever, where he is a general practitioner. Additionally, he was recently appointed a deputy Scott County examiner of titles. Previously he was a 1st Judicial District child support magistrate, partner at O’Neill, Traxler, Zard, Neisen & Morris and a city prosecutor for New Prague.
Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District consists of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties.
An announcement of the appointment will be made in a few weeks.