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Gregory G. Galler

Judge of District Court

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Judge Gregory G. Galler
Honesty - Integrity - Professionalism - Justice




Judge Galler has served the citizens of Minnesota's 10th Judicial District since January, 2001 when he was sworn in following his appointment by Governor Jesse Ventura.  Judge Galler was chambered at the Sherburne County Courthouse in Elk River until October, 2004.  He has since been chambered at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater. 


Before taking the bench, Judge Galler practiced law for 13 years at a general practice private law firm in Stillwater.  Pursuant to Minnesota law, he was on the ballot and elected to his position in 2002.  He was re-elected in 2008 and again in 2014.  He will next be on the ballot in 2020.



A History of Community Involvement:

Judge Galler has a long history of professional & community involvement.  



Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Veteran's Court Program.


Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Family Law Early Neutral Evaluation Initiative.

President, Washington County Law Library, Board of Trustees.

Past President, 19th District Bar Association.


Former Chair & Investigator, 19th District Bar Association Ethics Committee.

Past President, Washington County Bar Association

Helped establish the Sherburne County Bar Association.

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association.

Founder and Past President, Washington County City Prosecutor's Association.

Lecturer/Presenter at Continuing Legal Education Programs & Local High Schools.



 Member, Washington County Agricultural Society


Volunteer, Friends of China, (International Teaching Outreach Program) (2011-)

Member, State Canvassing Board (January 2006).


Member, 10th Judicial District Personnel & Human Resources Committee. (2001-2012)

Member, Washington County Calendar Review Committee.

Member, Washington County Architectural Space Committee.

Supervising Attorney, Washington County Fine Collections Unit (1994-2000).

Former Member & Chair, Washington County Sentence to Service Advisory Board.

Stillwater Chair, Boy Scouts-Friends of Scouting campaign (1996).


Member, Salem Lutheran Church & School in Stillwater.  (President - 8 Terms; Past Chair of Spiritual Growth Committee - 3 Terms, Past Chair of Long Range Planning Committee, also a member of the usher & vestry teams.)

Member, Wisconsin Lutheran Synod - Church Board of Appeals.  (2015-  Current )

Member Board of Delegates, St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, Minnesota (2003-2011).

Former Volunteer Mechanic, Christians in Action, Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

Volunteer Basketball Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, 9th Grade, 2007-2014, Varsity Assistant, 2010-Current.

Volunteer Coach/Advisor, Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial Team, 2013-Current.

Volunteer Coach, Stillwater Boy's Traveling Basketball Program, 2003-2008.

Volunteer Coach, Salem Lutheran Church & School, Boy's Basketball Program, 2004-2007.

Volunteer Coach, Lower St. Croix Valley & Lake Elmo, Traveling Baseball Programs (2004-2008).

Volunteer Football Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Freshmen & JV Head Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach, 2008.


Volunteer Videographer, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Varsity Football Team, 2007 & 2009 - 2014.


Volunteer Sideline Official, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Varsity Football Team, 2013-Current.



Contributing Columnist/Writer


     I write a monthly column that appears in a number of newspapers and other publications.  Topics describe and discuss how courts works.  Many topics are those requested by readers who can forward their requests through the editors of their papers.  Below is a list of newspapers that I know have run at least some of my columns.     

      - The Askov American


     -The Citizen, (Hugo)


      -The Country Messenger (Scandia, May & Marine on St. Croix)


     -The East Central Minnesota Post Review (North Branch, Harris, Rush City, Stacy, and area)

     -The East Side Review


    - The Forest Lake Times.

    -The Hudson Patch (Hudson, Wisconsin)


    - Isanti-Chisago County Star.

     -Journal of Court Reporter's Weekly.  (National Court Reporter's Journal)

     -Marco Island News (Marco Island, Florida)

     -Marketing & Advertising Industry Today (EIN Newsdesk publication)

     -Minnesota Association of Court Administrators

    -Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida)


    -The Oakdale Patch


     -The Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review


     -The Pine City Pioneer

     -The Quad Community Press

     -The Roseville-Little Canada Review


     -The Sherburne County Citizen.

     -The Shoreview Press

     -The Stenotype Institute.

     -The Stillwater Current


     - The Stillwater Gazette.


     -The Stillwater Patch   

     -The Vadnais Heights Press

     -The White Bear Press


     -The Woodbury Bulletin    


      -The Woodbury Patch

     -The Wright County Journal Press


     -South Washington County Bulletin


     -Forward In Christ (National Magazine)


Podcasts of my Columns are now Available for Broadcast on:

KRWC AM 1360 in Buffalo, Minnesota

KDWA AM 1460 in Hastings, Minnesota

WEVR AM 1550 & 106.3 FM in River Falls, Hudson & Stillwater


Call your local program director for information on the times of the broadcasts.




Law Library Board of Trustees

In 2011 I was elected to serve as President of the Washington County Law Library Board of Trustees.  The board oversees the budget and operations of Washington County's official law library - located at the  Stillwater courthouse - which serves over 4,000 people per year.  I have served on the board since 2007.  Below is a picture of the board members following our July 2011 meeting.  Members of the board (from left to right) are:  Attorney Tom Weidner, Washington County Library Director Pat Conley, Attorney Steve Povolny, Judge Elizabeth Martin, myself, Attorney Jennifer Nodes, and the Law Librarian in 2011, Brian Huffman.



Stillwater All-Stars Basketball.   

Here I am participating in a basketball game against the Harlem Ambassadors in 2009.  The event was sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and was held at the Stillwater Area High School.  I was on the Stillwater All-Stars team.  (Obviously, one's star doesn't have to shine too brightly to make the squad.)  Here I am going in for a layup. 


(Although I can't prove it, I may in fact be several inches off of the floor!) 





Honorary Duties


Once in a while judges are called upon to perform honorary types of duties.  These include swearing people into office.  I've had the honor of administering the oath of office to elected officials and law enforcement personnel.   Two examples are shown below.


I was honored to be able to administer the oath of office to Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley in January 2013 & again in 2017.  Below is the swearing in in 2013.  Looking on with pride is her husband, NHL Hall of Famer Phil Housley.



Sheriff Dan Starry


I was honored to be asked to swear in my friend, Dan Starry, as Washington County's Sheriff.  This took place on May 2, 2107.  Also pictured is his wife, Jeanice Starry. 







Here I am in 2007 swearing in the late Dick Stafford for his final term as a Washington County Commissioner













Youth Sports & Activity Coaching.

St. Croix Lutheran High School:  Basketball

For the third time in five years, the 2015-2016 St. Croix Lutheran Academy Boys' Varsity basketball team qualified to compete in the State Championship Tournament (class 2A).  I was blessed to be able to continue to serve as the Assistant Head Coach for the team.  Below is a team photo following our section championship win in 2015 (on a dramatic game-winning shot with 7 seconds left in the game).  For two years in a row our team battled valiantly in the tournament but lost in the semi-final game.  We twice won the following game thus finishing 3rd in State, for our class, two years in a row.

In addition to working as a varsity assistant, I also served for 7 years as the Freshmen coach.  Seeing these young men work hard and achieve more than they thought they could is a real joy for me.  We have also been fortunate enough to have done pretty well on the court.  Our record on the freshmen team for the seven years I coached was 107-39 (.730 win percentage).  

I am truly appreciative of the privilege of being able to work with such outstanding young men and their families.   


Our varsity squad from two years ago was the first team in school history to make it to the State Tournament.  Here I am below at Williams Arena on the U of M campus during pre-game warm-ups before our Quarter-final game.



Stillwater Area High School:  Mock Trial Team

I have been honored to serve as a coach/advisor to the Stillwater Area High School Mock Trial team.  The High School Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a law-related educational program designed to challenge students in critical thinking, teamwork and basic trial skills through simulated courtroom trial competitions.   The young women and men on the team are bright, energetic, inquisitive, and highly motivated to do their best.  Below is a photo of the 2015 team.  In only their second year of existence, the team finished second in the State Competition.





Community Involvement.


150th Anniversary Celebration:  Historic Washington County Courthouse



On June 2, 2017, I was honored to be able to conduct court at Washington County's Historic Courthouse.  This was the first time that a regular full court calendar had been heard at the Historic Courthouse in over 40 years.  We were there to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the breaking ground for that historic building.  The original groundbreaking occurred in 1867.  The event was held to recognize the countless individuals that worked so tirelessly on thousands and thousands of cases - both big and small - to uphold justice and the Rule of Law in Washington County for so many generations.


Here is a link to an article on the State's official Judicial Website about the event:


Here I am swearing in a witness during one the court proceedings:






Yellow Ribbon Network.


In June 2016 I participated in a presentation to the Washington County Yellow Ribbon Network about Washington County's Veterans' Court Program.  The meeting took place at the Minnesota Veterans' Rest Camp located in Scandia and was well-attended by veterans from all all branches of the military.




Here I am above shown with the co-presenters:  Mr. Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney;  Mr. Randy Kopesky, Event Planner; Mr. Vern Truax of the Veterans' Family Assistance Center of Rosemount, MN; yours truly; and, Mr. John Baker, a criminal defense lawyer specializing in veterans' cases who helped start up the first Veterans' Courts in Minnesota.

To learn more about the Veterans' Courts in Minnesota here as some helpful links:

Veteran's Administration:

Here is an article about Veteran's Courts from the Star Tribune:

Here's a Column that I wrote about Veteran's Courts in Washington County:  Veteran's Program.pdf


Law Day - 2014

On May 1, 2014 I was honored to be able to speak to a group of over 100 Stillwater Lions and Stillwater Rotarians.  These two great service organizations have held an annual joint meeting recognizing and honoring America's "Law Day" for many years.   The topic of my discussion was, "How Judges Determine Sentences in Felony Criminal Cases."  The members of the clubs were a delight to speak with.  It was also great to share a great meal with and say "hello" to so many old friends.


Courthouse Visits


If you would like to visit the courthouse, you should do so.  The courthouse is open for visitors during regular courthouse hours (8:00 am-4:30 pm).  Most cases are open to the public.


We also get visits at the courthouse from a variety of different groups.  Many school groups visit as part of a government or civics class.  I get a visit from graduating seniors from St. Croix Lutheran High School each spring.  Here I am with a Webelo's pack from Woodbury that visited court.  



Weddings at the Fair


In 2012, I performed weddings and renewal of wedding vow ceremonies at the Washington County Fair for free. Use the links on the left side of this page to get more information and see some of the pictures from this fun event.




"Justice in the Courts"

I was honored to be asked to speak about "Justice in the Courts" at an open forum at Boutwell's Landing in Stillwater,  the presentation has since been replicated in Coon Rapids, Minneapolis, and Rochester.    Hundreds of people have attended the presentations.  Those who attend are always very engaged as we discuss topics such as:  "What is Justice?" "Should I Represent Myself in Court?" and "Is Family Court Fair to Both Sides?"   


Here is a link to the video of my presentation at Boutwell's Landing on You Tube:



Washington County Fair


I always enjoy spending time at the Washington County Fair. 

In 2011, I had the opportunity to appear on Ms. Margot Rheinberger's "TV on a Stick" cable program.  The program aired on cable outlets throughout the county. 



Even when not on TV, it is always great to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes at our fair (just watch your step near the livestock barns!).  It is also great to catch up with so many old friends and acquaintances and to meet new ones.  I am always impressed with people's interest in good government.  Here I am below at the judges' booth from a number of years ago.  





Kona, Hawaii - 1/2 Marathon  

My wife, Sue, and I ran a half-marathon in Kona, Hawaii in June, 2006.  Sue ran to raise money for the American Stroke Association.  I ran along with her for support.  We also had a personal reason to run: our sister-in-law, Julie, had a serious stroke in 2005.  Running 13.1 miles in Hawaii was a blast and the proceeds of Sue's efforts went to a great cause.  Here we are on the home stretch with about 4 miles to go.