Campanario to lead civil division of St. Louis County Attorney's Office

A staff attorney who has handled some of the county's more notable legal battles in recent years has been picked to replace Kim Maki, who was sworn in as the top attorney last week.

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Nick Campanario

A Duluth native with two decades of legal experience will lead the civil division of the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

Nick Campanario was tapped by newly appointed County Attorney Kim Maki to fill the position that she had held since 2013. Maki on Friday officially took over as county attorney, upon the retirement of incumbent Mark Rubin .

The civil division, with a staff of a half-dozen attorneys, is responsible for the day-to-day legal representation of the county, its commissioners, administrators and department staff, handling issues as far-ranging as property zoning, elections, tax disputes and a variety of lawsuits as a both a plaintiff and a defendant.

Campanario has played a role in several notable cases, including litigation related to downtown Duluth's fire-damaged Pastoret Terrace building and the county's lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs .

“With his 20 years of experience in civil litigation and other civil legal practice, Nick Campanario will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position of civil division head of the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office," Maki said in a statement Monday. "I am thrilled Nick accepted the position and look forward to working with him in this new role."


Campanario graduated from New York University School of Law and clerked at both the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in Minnesota. He then spent 10 years in private practice in Minneapolis and Chicago before being hired in his hometown county attorney's office in 2013.

Campanario is an officer and board member of the St. Louis County Law Library and Minnesota Ballet, and was previously an officer for AFSCME Local 3761 and board member for the regional bar association. He lives in Duluth with his wife and a son.

“I greatly enjoy working with the exceptional attorneys and staff throughout this office, and I could not be more thankful for this opportunity to lead the civil division,” Campanario said.

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or
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