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St. Olaf alumnus nominated for federal judgeship

St. Olaf College alumnus Eric Tostrud ’87 was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Tostrud, who earned his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, has been a private attorney at the Lockridge Grindal Nauen law firm in Minneapolis for the past 26 years. He has maintained a complex commercial litigation practice, with emphasis in the areas of complex insurance coverage, health care law and litigation, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) practice and procedure.

Currently, Tostrud also serves on the full-time faculty at Mitchell Hamline School of Law as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. He has taught many law school courses, including Federal Jurisdiction, Federal Civil Procedure, Advanced Federal Civil Procedure, and Electronic Discovery.

Along with fellow nominee Judge Nancy Brasel, Tostrud, if confirmed, will replace Judges Ann Montgomery and Donovan Frank, who were appointed by Bill Clinton in 1995 and 1998, respectively.