Adjunct Faculty, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
On May 20, 2013, Michael E. Ridgway, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. He joins Chief Judge Gregory Kishel and Judges Robert Kressel, Kathleen Sanberg, and Katherine Constantine presiding in that district.
Judge Ridgway is a 1978 graduate of Yankton College (Yankton, S.D.) and a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. From 2006 until his appointment, he served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Trustee’s Program in Minneapolis. In October 2011, he was among a group of seven United States Trustee Program attorneys who received the United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Justice’s second highest award for employee performance, for “Exceptional Work to Address Misconduct and Abusive Practices in the U.S. Bankruptcy System.”
From 1998 to 2006, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota. During his tenure there, he represented the interest of the federal government in both civil and criminal matters, including bankruptcy, asset forfeiture, and prosecutions of white collar fraud cases. Judge Ridgway also has extensive litigation experience having been in private practice for 17 years; he also served as an elected county prosecutor for over five years. He has prosecuted several bench and jury trials in both the state and federal courts.
Judge Ridgway has always enjoyed baseball. He is an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins. Early in his legal career he entertained a (fleeting) desire to umpire in the Major Leagues. He has twenty years of experience umpiring baseball games at various skill levels, including amateur, intercollegiate, American Legion, and V.F.W. Teener. In 1996, he was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Umpires Hall of Fame.