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Hon. Jerome B. Abrams
First Judicial District of Minnesota
Minnesota State District Court Judge Jerome (Jerry) Abrams came on to the Bench in 2008 after 27 years of a busy civil trial practice. As a lawyer, he tried numerous cases in a number of state and federal courts. Judge Abrams is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Director of the American College of Business Court Judges. Judge Abrams serves as a regular adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School where he teaches Complex Litigation. He has served on the Minnesota Civil Justice Reform Task Force and its predecessor group, which recommended major changes in the civil justice system, which were recently adopted. Judge Abrams is a frequent speaker at state and national continuing education programs on Complex Case Management, Civil Justice Reform and related topics. He is currently operating a pilot expedited-litigation program, which provides truncated discovery and fixed jury trial dates within 6 months of filing for designated types of civil cases. In the past, Judge Abrams has presided over several major state multidistrict litigations, including the statewide challenge to alcohol breath testing equipment which involved over 4,000 cases.