Governor Walz appoints Bhupesh Pattni to fill 6th Judicial District vacancy

June 17, 2021
Contact: Claire Lancaster 

Governor Walz Appoints Bhupesh Pattni to Fill Sixth Judicial District Vacancy

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the appointment of Bhupesh Pattni as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. Mr. Pattni will be replacing the Honorable Mark M. Starr and will be chambered in Hibbing in St. Louis County.

“I am honored to appoint Bhupesh Pattni to the Sixth Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “Mr. Pattni has a wealth of experience, a sense of duty, and a deep commitment to his community. His skills and wisdom will serve him well in his judicial career.”

“Mr. Pattni is a phenomenal addition to the St. Louis County bench,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “He possesses a valuable perspective and drive to recognize opportunities to make our justice system fairer and more equitable for all. I am thrilled and hopeful to see him assume this important position.”

Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District encompasses Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties.

About Bhupesh Pattni

Bhupesh Pattni is an attorney at Trenti Law Firm and the Sixth District Public Defender’s Office. He represents clients on civil litigation, family law, probate, real estate, and felony offense matters. Mr. Pattni is a team member on the Iron Range Mental Health Treatment Court and has performed juvenile justice work representing children in the foster care system and in delinquency and truancy proceedings. He is active in the legal community in Northeastern Minnesota and serves as a member of the Equal Justice Initiative Committee, Range Bar Association, and Range Bar Ethics Committee, and is a Law Library Trustee. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Lyric Center for the Arts and on the Board of Directors for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Mr. Pattni earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit our website: https://mn.gov/governor/administration/judicialappointments/