Judge Gregory G. Pinski is a district judge for the State of Montana Eighth Judicial District Court. Judge Pinski earned his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, in political science and journalism from the University of North Dakota. Before attending law school, Judge Pinski worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Scheduling for President Bill Clinton. Judge Pinski graduated, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Upon graduation from law school, Judge Pinski entered private practice with Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis, while teaching at the University of Minnesota Law School. Judge Pinski returned to private practice in Montana with Conner & Pinski, PLLP before his election as district judge in 2013.
Since joining the bench, Judge Pinski has sat by designation on the Montana Supreme Court, and he was appointed by the chief justice to the Montana Uniform District Court Rules Committee, Drug Treatment Court Council, and Access to Justice Commission. The attorney general appointed him to the Montana Crime Lab Advisory Board. The Montana legislature confirmed Judge Pinski as a national commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission. Judge Pinski also serves on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.
Judge Pinski founded and presides over a veterans treatment court and adult drug treatment court. Judge Pinski serves as a judicial consultant to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Drug Court Institute, Justice for Vets, and American University providing research, training, and technical assistance services to drug treatment courts and veterans treatment courts across the United States.
Judge Pinski is active in many community organizations. He is an Eagle Scout who volunteers extensively for the Boy Scouts and Special Olympics. Judge Pinski was the first Montanan to receive the Boy Scouts of America National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for his professional achievements. Judge Pinski’s wife, Amber, is a radiation oncology nurse, and they have two sons, James and Jack.