Criminal Defense Practices


We are recognized as some of the best criminal defense lawyers in Minnesota and our firm has a
national reputation for excellence. We are ready to work with you in your time of need.

Bank Fraud


Whether you want to go to trial or want a quiet settlement, you need a lawyer with the knowledge and experience to help you fight for the best possible outcome in your case. We have handled many complex bank fraud cases involving unique legal and factual issues.


Money Laundering


Money laundering charges are often brought along with other, serious federal charges like racketeering, embezzlement, wire fraud, mail fraud and/or bank fraud. Our lawyers have handled many complex money laundering cases and are ready to help you.


Tax Evasion


Tax evasion is a very serious offense and a conviction carries with it significant financial penalties in addition to the possible lengthy sentences. With a CPA on our team of elite defense attorneys, we are highly qualified and very knowledgeable about the law and investigatory process.


Securities Fraud


Early legal representation in securities fraud cases is critical. Not only are there potentially severe criminal penalties, but often there are parallel civil consequences. Our strong team can evaluate any allegations against you and provide advice about the facts and laws surrounding complicated securities transactions.


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Welcome to Birrell Criminal Defense

Our criminal defense attorney 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 pre-charge 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.

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. We have won not guilty verdicts for clients in cases involving murder, assault, criminal sexual conduct, felony adulteration of food, driving under the influence, etc.

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 money laundering and tax matters, 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.

We handle the tough cases and we want to work with you in your time of need. Click the button below or give us a call @ 1.866.397.4497 to contact us today!


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