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Chief Judge Wendy S. Tien

Appointment

Governor Tim Walz appointed Judge Tien to the Minnesota Tax Court effective November 13, 2019 and was appointed as Chief Judge as of March 2021.

Education

Judge Tien earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 (Economics and Political Science) and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993, where she was a member of the Minnesota Law Review.

Career

From 2000 until 2007, Judge Tien served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and from 2008 until 2016, as a Deputy Assistant Director in its Executive Office for United States Trustees. Judge Tien was responsible for affirmative and defensive commercial litigation on behalf of the United States and its agencies as a trial attorney, and subsequently oversaw the administration of a nationwide bankruptcy credit counseling and debtor education program, including supervising enforcement matters.

In 2016, Judge Tien was appointed as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General. While working in the Tax Litigation Division, she represented the State of Minnesota and its agencies in a wide range of tax and bankruptcy matters, as well as occasional civil litigation. Judge Tien managed the Tax Litigation Division in 2019 before joining the Tax Court.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Judge Tien served in a variety of public and private capacities, including as an associate with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) and as an estate tax attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

Professional

Annual Faculty, Cambridge International Symposium on International Economic Crime, 2003 – present

Presenter at various Continuing Legal Education programs, including through the National Advocacy Center and the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General

Community

Volunteer Judge, Minnesota State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program

Photograph of Chief Judge Wendy S. Tien
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