Criminal Defense

Our criminal practice group is led by Andrew S. Birrell and has a national reputation for excellence. We are available to represent individuals, public and private corporations and other entities in internal investigations, in precharge investigations, including the receipt of a target letter, grand jury investigations, pretrial proceedings, trials and appeals in Federal and State Court matters in Minnesota, in the upper Midwest and throughout the United States.

A favorable result in winning a criminal case may occur by convincing the prosecuting authority not to bring charges, by convincing the judge to throw the case out before trial, by winning the trial, by winning an appeal of a conviction at trial, by reaching a favorable settlement, including an agreement to suspend prosecution, or by some combination of these.

We have been successful in obtaining favorable results for the clients in these ways in many different types of cases over many years in both federal and state courts in Minnesota and elsewhere.

We have represented clients in full range of federal and state charges including mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, identity fraud, securities fraud, RICO, public corruption charges, money laundering, tax charges, food and drug act matters, environmental offenses, national security offenses and many other types of cases in federal courts, and in state court cases in charges from murder to DWI and almost everything in between.

Many of our cases involve such complex matters as the admissibility of evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, representing targets before indictment, the scope of Rule 404(b), the discretion of sentencing judges after Booker, and other like issues. We have litigated the constitutionality of the federal bribery statute in federal district court, the Federal Appeals Court and the United States Supreme Court. We have won reversals of convictions and orders for new trials in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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A highly respected, trial-focused law firm, our members include four attorneys elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and numerous attorneys designated “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. We have decades of trial and appellate experience, and the good judgment such experience brings.

Our Attorneys are resourceful, tough, and committed to our clients’ interests, and we have the ability to keep the orders, verdicts and judgments we obtain on appeal.

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