Gaïtas, Theodora K.

8 West 43rd StreetMinneapolis, MN 55409

Updated: 05/30/2017


Theodora (Teddie) Gaïtas joined the Minneapolis office of Matonich Law in 2013, representing clients in medical malpractice, products liability, and wrongful death matters. With more than fifteen years of dedicated appellate experience as an appellate public defender, Teddie has handled over 200 appeals, and has represented clients before the Minnesota Supreme Court more than 25 times.

Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • English

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice / Products Liability / Wrongful Death Litigation


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Minnesota, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2010

Other Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section (Member)
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (Member)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (Member)


  • Appointed by the MN Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Practice, 2013
  • Appointed by the MN Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee for the MN rules of Criminal Procedure, 2001 - 2007

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Procedure: MN Practice, William Mitchell College of Law, 2007 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, William Mitchell College of Law, 2002 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Appeals Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School, 1998 - 1999
  • Frequent Presenter, Continuing Legal Education Events

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Jungle Theater Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • Volunteer, Open Arms of Minnesota, 2012 - Present
  • Trustee, Sunny Hollow Montessori Board of Trustee, 2009 - 2013


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994
    Law Review: MN Law Review, Staff Member
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1991
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: With Honors


Published Works

  • State v. Fleck: The Intentional Infliction of General Intent Upon MN's Assault Statutes, Wm. Mitchell L. Rev., 39, page 1480, 2013
  • Appellate Review of Circumstantial Evidence: Criminal and Civil, Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook, Chapter 16, 2013
  • State v. Carter: The Minnesota Constitution Protects Against Random and Suspicionless Dog Sniffs of Storage Units, Wm. Mitchell L. Rev., 32, page 1287, 2006

Office Information


8 West 43rd StreetMinneapolis, MN 55409


  • 612-677-1713


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