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Governor Dayton Appoints Jeffrey M. Kritzer and Kevin H. Siefken to Fill Third Judicial District Vacancies

May 09, 2014

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Jeffrey M. Kritzer and Mr. Kevin H. Siefken as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. Mr. Kritzer and Mr. Siefken will be replacing the Honorable Donald E. Rysavy and the Honorable Fred W. Wellmann. Both appointees will be chambered at Austin in Mower County.

“Jeffrey Kritzer and Kevin Siefken are both outstanding civic leaders, with extensive legal experience,” said Governor Dayton. “They are highly-regarded in their respective legal fields and in their communities. I am confident Mr. Kritzer and Mr. Siefken will serve the people of the Third Judicial District with excellence and integrity.”

Jeffrey M. Kritzer: Mr. Kritzer is a partner at Baudler, Maus, Forman, Kritzer & Wagner, L.L.P., where his practice focuses on municipal law, employment law, commercial litigation, estate planning, and criminal prosecution on behalf of the cities of Austin and Mantorville. Previously, he was a corporate attorney for the Hormel Foods Corporation and an associate attorney for Alderson, Ondov, Leonard, Sween & Rizzi, P.A. Mr. Kritzer earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law.

Additionally, Mr. Kritzer serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Development Corporation of Austin and is a former member and Chair of the Austin Public School Board.

Kevin H. Siefken: Mr. Siefken is President and shareholder with Christian and Peterson, P.A., where his caseload includes family law, criminal, civil litigation, child protection, and civil commitments. He also serves as Special Assistant Albert Lea Attorney, and previously was an Assistant Public Defender for the Third Judicial District. Mr. Siefken earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Additionally, Mr. Siefken is the President of Habitat for Humanity Freeborn/Mower, an advisory board member of the Albert Lea Salvation Army, an Agency Representative to the United Way of Freeborn County, and a volunteer attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.

Minnesota’s Third Judicial District consists of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties.

More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at http://mn.gov/governor/appointments/judicial-appointments/

Headshots of Mr. Kritzer and Mr. Siefken can be downloaded below. 

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