Hon. Jerome Abrams

HON. JEROME ABRAMS, a Minnesota State District Court judge, came to the bench in 2008 after 27 years of civil trial practice, much of it handling insurance-coverage issues. As a lawyer, he tried numerous cases in state and federal courts. Judge Abrams is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a member and director of the American College of Business Court Judges. Judge Abrams serves as a regular adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law, where he has taught complex litigation. He has served on the Minnesota Civil Justice Reform Task Force and its predecessor group, which recommended major, recently adopted changes in the civil justice system. Judge Abrams currently chairs a subcommittee for the National Center for State Courts and Conference of Chief Justices looking at recommendations for reducing cost and delay in civil litigation. Judge Abrams is a frequent speaker at state and national continuing-education programs on complex case management, civil justice reform, ESI, and related topics. He currently is operating a pilot expedited litigation program in Dakota County, which provides truncated discovery and fixed jury trial dates within six months of filing for designated types of civil cases. In the past, Judge Abrams has presided over several major, multidistrict litigations, including a statewide challenge to alcohol breath-testing equipment, which involved over 4,000 cases.