Kimberly S. Budd

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Kimberly S. Budd
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Assumed office
August 24, 2016
Nominated byCharlie Baker
Preceded byFernande R.V. Duffly
Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
In office
September 2009 – August 24, 2016
Appointed byDeval Patrick
Preceded byRalph D. Gants
Personal details
Born (1966-10-23) October 23, 1966 (age 52)
EducationGeorgetown University, B.A.
Harvard Law School, J.D.

Kimberly S. Budd (born October 23, 1966) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and former Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Education and legal career[edit]

Budd received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University, graduating magna cum laude in 1988, and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991. She began her legal career as a law clerk to Chief Justice Joseph P. Warner of the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 1991. She was a litigation associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo before serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. After that, she was a university attorney for Harvard University in the General Counsel’s Office. She later served as Director of the Community Values program at Harvard Business School.[1]

Judicial career[edit]

Budd was previously an Associate Justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court. She was nominated to the court by Governor Deval Patrick in July 2009 and began active service in September 2009. She was nominated to the seat formerly held by Ralph D. Gants.[2]

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court[edit]

She was nominated to the court by Governor Charlie Baker on June 14, 2016, and confirmed by the Governor's Council on August 10, 2016.[3][4] She assumed office on August 24, 2016 and was ceremoniously sworn in on November 21, 2016.[5]


Budd teaches in MCLE and Bar Association programs, is a former adjunct instructor at New England Law, and has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She is married with two sons.[1] Her father is Wayne Budd currently senior counsel at Goodwin Procter and a former United States Attorney.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Supreme Judicial Court Justices".
  2. ^ a b "Kimberly Budd, daughter of Springfield native and former U.S. attorney Wayne Budd, nominated for judgeship". July 8, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Lannan, Katie (June 14, 2016). "Judge from Scituate among three nominees to state's highest court". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kimberly Budd confirmed unanimously to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court". August 10, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "At Ceremonial Swearing In, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Budd Says, "It is through the Courts that the Rule of Law is enforced— it is the Rule of Law which stands between order and chaos."" (Press release). November 21, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Fernande R.V. Duffly
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court