Judge Brian Hagedorn currently serves on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the court one step below the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As an appellate judge, Judge Hagedorn ensures that what happens in our trial courts is consistent with the law. Judge Hagedorn was appointed to the bench in 2015 by Governor Scott Walker and won election to a new six-year term in April 2017.
In addition to deciding cases, Judge Hagedorn was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which oversees enforcement of the judicial code of ethics. He is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench-Bar Committee. Judge Hagedorn is a regular speaker to school and legal groups on the rule of law, legal writing, and judicial philosophy, among other topics.
Prior to his judicial service, Judge Hagedorn served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Walker for almost five years. Judge Hagedorn’s key job responsibilities included managing litigation in partnership with the Attorney General, serving as the top ethics officer for the administration, advising on legal policy issues, overseeing judicial and district attorney appointments, and providing legal analysis on proposed legislation. In that capacity, Judge Hagedorn has been involved in some of the most significant and high profile litigation in Wisconsin history.
Judge Hagedorn has also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and as an attorney in private practice at a top Milwaukee law firm. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he was the President of the Federalist Society.
When not serving the people of Wisconsin, Judge Hagedorn enjoys serving in his church, reading, rooting for the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, and spending time with his family. Judge Hagedorn has been married for 17 years and has five children ages 15, 13, 10, 7, and 5.