judge-neilson.jpg Barbara L. Neilson
Administrative Law Judge

Contact Information
(651) 361-7900

Judge Neilson was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in 1989, after several years of private practice in St. Paul, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. She is registered with the Minnesota Supreme Court as a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114. Since joining the Office of Administrative Hearings, she has conducted a broad variety of contested case hearings, rulemaking proceedings, and mediations.

Judge Neilson may be contacted at barbara.neilson@state.mn.us. Correspondence for Judge Neilson may be faxed to (651) 539-0300.

Judge Neilson’s Legal Assistant, Kendra McCausland, may be reached at (651) 361-7870, via email at kendra.mccausland@state.mn.us or via facsimile at (651) 539-0300.


  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, St. Cloud State University, Honors Program, 1975


  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2012 to Present
  • Private Practice of Law, Moore, Costello & Hart, St. Paul, MN, 1987-1989
  • Private Practice of Law, Isham, Lincoln & Beale, Chicago, IL, 1984-1987
  • Private Practice of Law, McGuiness & Williams, Washington, D.C., 1981-1984
  • Attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C., 1979-1981
  • Private Practice of Law, Moore, Costello & Hart, St. Paul, MN, 1978-1979


  • Administrative Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Public Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association