MPPOA lawyer since 2008. Represented scores of police officers in critical incidents across the state, and at two trials, with acquittals in both.
Litigated, through final jury verdict, on behalf of clients charged with aggravated assault, burglary, arson, drunk driving, criminal sexual conduct, narcotics possession and distribution, murder in the first and second degree, manslaughter, attempted murder, RICO, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, theft, deprivation of civil rights (by the defendant and for the plaintiff), perjury, obstruction of justice, fire arms possession, child pornography, and indecent conduct among other crimes, including the use of insanity, diminished capacity, entrapment and self-defense as defenses.
Briefing and appellate oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (in Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Louis), before the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. Admission before these Circuits, the Fifth and the United States Supreme Court.
Articles include “The Presumption of Innocence in Law and Daily Life,” “On the Meaning of Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” “William Penn and the Right to a Jury Trial,” “The Pursuit of Happiness and the Practice of Criminal Law,” “Photography, the Mug Shot and Criminal Law,” “The Importance of Compromise,” “Doug Thomson’s Final Argument,” “The Quality of Mercy, Forgiveness and Criminal Sentencing,” among others. Associate Editor, Federal Sentencing Guidelines 2001-2004 (Aspen)
BA University of Minnesota (1977); JD William Mitchell College of Law (1981).
Minnesota Super Lawyer since the list’s inception over twenty-years ago, and for each year since; Best Lawyers in America (2011 to present); Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers (2009 to present). Minnesota Certified Criminal Law Specialist, since certification began ten years ago, and each year since