Judge Cervantes received a B.A. from Macalester College in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1980. Judge Cervantes previously served on the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals from 1986 to 1992. He was a referee in Ramsey County Family Court from 1992 to 2002, the St. Paul City Attorney from 2002 to 2006, an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Licensing and Charities Division from 2006 to 2008, and served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings from 2008 until his appointment to the court in 2013.