Executive Officers

JudgeHornHon. Frederick P. Horn
Chair, Board of Directors
August 2014 to Present

…is the former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California in Orange County (2002-2005). He retired as a full-time Superior Court judge in 2017, and currently works part-time as a Civil Division Senior Trial Judge handling complex civil litigation. Prior to his retirement, he was Chairperson of the California Judicial Branch Ethics and Fairness Curriculum Committee. Judge Horn also previously served as Supervising Judge of the Court’s Civil Division and Complex Civil Panel (2006-2010), Assistant Presiding Judge (2000-2001), and a Trial Judge on numerous assignments (1993-2000). Early in his career, before the trial courts in the state were unified, Judge Horn served as a Judge of the Orange County Municipal Court, Harbor Judicial District (1991-1993) and worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County for seventeen years (1974-1991).

In over 20 years on the Superior Court bench, Judge Horn has actively participated on numerous councils, committees and task forces focused on trial court reform and improvement in the state, including the chief policymaking body for the Judicial Branch, the Judicial Council of California (2002-2005). Here, he served on the Executive and Planning Committee (2003-2006), Trial Court Budget Working Group (2004-2006), Litigation Management Committee (2002; 2005) and the Rules and Projects Committee (2002). Currently, he is a member of the Judicial Council’s Security Advisory Committee (2014-present) and a member of the California Commission on Judicial Performance (2003 – present) where he has been the Commission’s Chair (2007-2009) and Vice Chair (2005-2006; 2010).

The Judicial Council operates through a number of special committees and study groups. Judge Horn has both chaired and participated as an active member on these various bodies, including Chair of the Judicial Council’s Emergency Response and Security Task Force (2007-2013), Chair of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (2002-2006), Chair of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Executive Committee (2003-2006), and a member of the Probate Conservatorship Task Force (2006-2008), Judicial Council’s Task Force on Judicial Ethics Issues (2002-2004), California Continuing Judicial Studies Program Planning Committee (2000-2008), Advisory Committee on Judicial Education Programming (2003-2006), Courthouse Access Advisory Committee (U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) (2004-2007), Temporary Judges Working Group (2004-2007), Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness (1994-2001) Chair for three years (1998-2001), and Chair of the New Judge Orientation Planning Committee (1997-2000).

On the national scene, Judge Horn became a member of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (then called the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts) in 2003 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004. He follows Judge Rufus King III, Senior Judge, Superior Court of Washington D.C., who was Chair of the Board since 2006. Presently, Judge Horn is also on the Board of Directors of the National Consortium of Race and Ethnic Fairness in Courts.

For his effective work on numerous boards and commissions, Judge Horn has received a variety of awards and accolades, including the Annual Access Award for Dedicated Service to the Disability Community by the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities (1998), President’s Award for Eradicating Gender Bias and Promoting Gender Fairness by the National Association of Women Judges (2001; 2002), Judge of the Year Award by the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (2003), Judge Appreciation Award by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2004), Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award for significant contributions to judicial education by the American Judges Association (2004), Special Award for Bench/Bar Relations and Presiding Judge Contributions by the American Board of Trial Advocates (2004), National Service Award by the National Consortium of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts (2005).
He was also named Jurist of the Year Award for extraordinary dedication to the highest principles of the administration of justice by the Judicial Council of California (2004-2005).

He has taught and lectured in many seminars and courses, including at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California (1997-2010), California Continuing Judicial Studies Program (1995-2015), New Judges Education Program (1998-present), and for the Operation of High Qualifications Commission of Judges of the Ukraine in a New Environment held in Yaremche, Ukraine (2011).

Judge Horn obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles in 1974. As a student, he was on the Law Review staff as well as being a contributing author to the publication.

Senior Trial Judge (ret.)
Civil Division, Superior Court of California in Orange County
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
657-622-5231


Judge Ivy BernhardsonHon. Ivy S. Bernhardson
President
2018-2019

…is the Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District in Hennepin County (Greater Minneapolis). It is the most populous county in Minnesota at 1.2 million people. There are currently 75 judicial officers on the Fourth District Bench, the largest trial court in the State. Judge Bernhardson was elected by her colleagues to the District Court’s top administrative post in July 2016; previously she served a 4-year term as Associate Chief Judge. She was appointed to the Court in May 2007. During her judicial career, she has served as a trial judge in all the Court’s major departments: Criminal, Civil, and Family Law. Additionally, in her judicial capacity, she was on the Minnesota District Judges Foundation Board for four years (2008-2012) and the State’s Special Redistricting Panel for two years (2011-2012).

Prior to her career as a judge, Judge Bernhardson worked in the private sector in a number of legal capacities, including Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at the Hazelden Foundation; a senior attorney at Leonard, Street and Deinard; Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica Health Plans; and for 23 years (1977-2000) in various positions at General Mills, Inc., including Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Senior Associate Counsel, Associate Counsel, Assistant Secretary, and a Staff Attorney. The key areas of law Judge Bernhardson engaged in during her business and private practice work involved general business, corporate and securities law, securities disclosure and SEC reporting; corporate governance and compliance matters; financings (private and public); executive compensation and benefit plan matters; pension investment and fiduciary issues; insurance issues (management of dispute resolution in a $100MM+ catastrophic loss matter with coverage, captive and reinsurance issues); privacy law; healthcare legal risk issues and litigation management matters. She has also served as lead counsel on merger/acquisition transactions, including such matters involving three public company spin-offs with sales of $1-3 billion; and on various asset and stock legal transactions. While in private and corporate legal work, Judge Bernhardson was a Member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Large Complex Cases Panels; a Director and President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries (a/k/a Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals); and served as a Member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals with the Center for Public Resources at the Institute for Dispute Resolution; and as a NASD Arbitrator.

Judge Bernhardson was born in Fargo, ND, and received her B.A. Degree, magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1973, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. She has served on numerous private and public boards, including as a Director on the Bush Foundation Board of Trustees, a Trustee on the Board of Pensions for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); a Director and Vice Board Chair and Trustee for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis; a Director of the Greater Twin Cities United Way; Chair of the Board of Trustees for Gustavus Adolphus College; a Director of the Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice; and a Board Member of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO).

Chief Judge
Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota in Hennepin County
Hennepin County Government Center, Court Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
612-348-2554


Sarah Lindahl-PfiefferSarah Lindahl-Pfieffer
Vice-President
2018-2019

…is the District Court Administrator for the Fourth Judicial District serving Hennepin County, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Lindahl-Pfieffer’s responsibilities include directing full range support of District Court operations for a bench of 75 judicial officers.  With eight courthouses and a staff complement of over 500 people, Hennepin County District Court, the most populous of the state’s 87 counties, comprises the metro area of Minneapolis, a community of 1.2 million residents and one-third of Minnesota’s court filings.  Ms. Lindahl-Pfieffer is passionate about fairness, reducing disparities, and finding practical solutions.   As the sponsor of the first-of-its-kind text and email hearing reminders, her District’s eReminders team has reduced warrants for failing to appear for court hearings by 25 percent.

Ms. Lindahl-Pfieffer has been employed by the Minnesota Judicial Branch for sixteen years. She has a Master Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and Bachelor Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Judicial District Administrator
Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota in Hennepin County
Hennepin County Government Center, Court Tower
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
612-348-2040


Paula CareyHon. Paula M. Carey
President-Elect
2018-2019

…is the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court. She was appointed to that position in July 2013 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Chief Justice Carey had served as the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court since October 2007. She was originally appointed an Associate Justice of the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in 2001. Prior to her appointment to the bench in January 2001, Chief Justice Carey was a partner in the firm of Carey & Mooney, PC, where she specialized in domestic relations matters. She has lectured and authored material for numerous publications and educational programs in the area of domestic relations, both as a practitioner and as a judge. She is a graduate of New England School of Law. During her career she has been honored by organizations including the Massachusetts Bar Association with the Daniel J. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the Middlesex Bar Association, MCLE, Mass. Association of Women Lawyers and the Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Boston Bar Association in 2013 and was the Dean’s Reception Honoree at New England Law for her commitment to public service and dedication to the law school and its students. Most recently, she received the Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court Award of Excellence and the Massachusetts Judges Conference President’s Award of 2016.

Chief Justice, Massachusetts Trial Court
Executive Office of the Trial Court
1 Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
617-742-8575


Douglas R. BeachHon. Douglas R. Beach
Past President
2018-2019

…is the former Presiding Judge of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in St. Louis County. Judge Beach retired as a full-time judge with the Missouri Judicial System in September 2018 and was designated by the Missouri Supreme Court as a special judicial monitor to oversee continued reforms in the municipal courts of St. Louis County. He was instrumental in spearheading their restructure and improvement after the Ferguson riots during the summer of 2014. (Ferguson is a city located in theCounty). The advances instituted in the St. Louis County limited jurisdiction courts have been a template for advances in other parts of the state.

The 21st Circuit is the largest general jurisdiction court in the State. Judge Beach was elected by his colleagues as the Presiding Judge in 2016. He was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2010 by Governor Jay Nixon. From 2005 to 2010, he served as an Associate Circuit Court Judge on that Court. As a jurist, Judge Beach worked primarily in the Family Court until becoming the Presiding Judge.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Beach served over 17 years as the City Attorney for the City of Chesterfield where he was instrumental in incorporating the City in 1988. In private practice in St. Louis, he was featured in the Best Lawyers of America; is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Missouri Bar; Massachusetts Bar; St. Louis County Bar; Past President, St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association; member of the Women’s Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association and Lawyers Association: Board Member, AFCC; Board Member of Children’s Home Society; Program Committee for Kids in the Middle; received the “Champion of Kid’s Award;” and named Outstanding Young Lawyer, St. Louis County Bar. In 2011, Judge Beach coordinated the effort to pass a $100 million-dollar bond issue by the voters of St. Louis County to replace the Family Court Building and renovate the Civil Courts Building. Subsequently, he oversaw the construction of those facilities for the Court. Recently, he was recognized by Legal Advocates for Abused Women and the Crime Victim Advocacy Center and started the Veterans Treatment Courts in St. Louis County. Judge Beach received his law degree from New England School of Law (Cum Laude) in 1973. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel where he served as Judge Advocate. He is married and has two children, Lindsay and Garrett, and a stepdaughter, Kate.

Senior Trial Judge (ret.)
Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, St. Louis County
St. Louis County Courthouse, 105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
314-615-1506


Gordon M. Griller
Executive Director | Secretary | Chief Financial Officer
2007 – Present

…is the Executive Director, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers. He also serves as the Director of Trial Court Leadership Programs and a Principal Court Consultant for Court Consulting Services at the National Center for State Courts. Prior to his current work, Mr. Griller held numerous private and public positions dedicated to trial court improvement and reform, including Vice President of Justice Practices (2003-2006), State and Local Solutions Group, Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS), a division of the Xerox Company; the first Administrator of Trial Courts (2001-2003) of Arizona in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix); Court Administrator (1987-2001) for the Superior Court in Maricopa County; Judicial District Administrator (1978-1987) for the Second Judicial District of Minnesota in Ramsey County (Greater St. Paul); and Court Administrator (1976-1978) for the Municipal Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota (Greater Minneapolis).

Additionally, Mr. Griller served as President of the National Association of Trial Court Administrators (1983-84) and co-chaired the Special Commission that created the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the largest professional association in the world dedicated to trial court administration. He has consulted, taught and written for numerous audiences on caseflow management (trial court delay), leadership, self-represented litigants, jury reform, visioning, strategic planning, budgeting, court space planning, and systems and procedures. He is a recipient of the Warren E. Burger Award for outstanding contributions to court administration (1988), the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts’ Tom C. Clark Award (1999), NACM’s Award of Merit (2000), the Institute for Court Management’s Star Award (2004), and the Justice System Management Institute Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence for vision, leadership and sustained commitment to the achievement of excellence in the administration of justice (2016).

Griller has a BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. He is a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, a founding member of the Urban Court Managers’ Network, former Chair of the Scottsdale AZ Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, former Vice Chair of the Bloomington MN Public School Board, and has served on the governing Boards of the National Center for State Courts, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the American Judicature Society, and the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers.

National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers
8507 East San Jacinto Drive, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-2576
757-259-1883 telephone