Thomas J. Conley and Nelson L. Peralta were appointed Thursday to judgeships in Hennepin County’s Fourth Judicial District. They will replace outgoing judges Lyonel Norris and Thomas M. Sipkins, and will chamber in Minneapolis.
“Both Mr. Conley and Mr. Peralta will bring a diverse range of legal experience to the bench,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in a written statement. “I thank them for their willingness to serve their fellow Minnesotans.” Dayton announced the appointments Thursday.
Both of the new judges will come to the bench from solo law practices.
Conley heads up the Law Office of Thomas J. Conley, where he handles employment discrimination cases and business disputes. He is a former partner at Leonard, Street and Deinard, P.A., an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School and an attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance.
He is also a volunteer mediator for the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and a past chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment.
Peralta is in charge of Peralta Law Firm, where he specializes in immigration law, personal injury cases and general litigation. He was a founding shareholder of Peralta & Peralta, Ltd., and has worked as an associate attorney at several other law firms.
He earned both his bachelor’s degree and J.D. at the University of Michigan.
More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found here.