MN Criminal Defense Attorneys

We Handle the Tough Criminal Cases

We represent individuals who have been accused or charged with white collar crimes brought by the state and federal government.

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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

We are recognized as some of the best MN criminal defense attorneys and our firm has a
national reputation for excellence in state and federal cases. We are ready to work with you in your time of need to help bring you peace of mind. Call Today For a Zero Contact Remote Consultation - (612) 238-1939!

Federal Case Testimonial

"Andy and Ian Birrell represented me in US Federal Court and did a professional and outstanding job. Upon my first meeting with Andy, I felt a high level of trust and appreciated his straight forward approach. During my legal process, I always felt comforted to have Andy and Ian, confident that they had my best interest in mind. They are smart, skilled and the consummate professionals that I was blessed to have on my team and would not hesitate to refer to anyone needing the best legal representation." - Robert R.

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.

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.

Tax Evasion


Tax evasion is a very serious offense and a conviction often carries with it lengthy sentences and large penalties. We are highly qualified and very knowledgeable about tax evasion investigations and frequently work with CPAs and forensic analysts to achieve the best results for our clients.

Money Laundering

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


Drug Crimes

There are a number of different drug crimes under Minnesota and Federal Law, including drug trafficking, conspiracy, distribution, trafficking, manufacturer, importation, sale, simple possession, and many more.

Sex Crimes

Are you being accused of criminal sexual conduct? If so, you need an experienced Minnesota criminal sexual conduct lawyer. The intense prosecution of sexual related crimes is staggering in Minnesota state courts as well as in federal courts across the country.

Vulnerable Adults

Financial exploitation of vulnerable adults is one of the common injustices suffered by unsuspecting older adults in MN. To understand what financial exploitation of vulnerable adults is, it is important to separate the terms “financial exploitation” and “vulnerable adult”.


RICO was first enacted as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. It was originally intended to be used as a tool for the government to prosecute organized crime, but law enforcement and prosecutors have expanded the use of RICO.

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Welcome to Birrell Law Firm

Our MN Criminal Defense Attorneys are led by Andrew S. Birrell and we have a national reputation for excellence. We represent individuals, public and private corporations and other entities. We represent these people and groups in internal investigations, in pre-charge investigations, including after receipt of a federal target letter, in grand jury investigations, in pretrial proceedings, in trials and appeals in Federal and State Court matters across Minnesota and throughout the United States.

We are reputable Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorneys that have been successful in obtaining favorable results for our clients across all these different fields. We have done so over many years, in state and federal courts in Minnesota and elsewhere, across many varied types of cases. We have clients accused of a wide variety of crimes, including: arson, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, 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 everything from murder and assault, to criminal sexual conduct and drug crimes, to felony adulteration of food and driving under the influence.

Our cases frequently involve complex matters, such as challenging the admissibility of evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, representing targets before indictment, investigating the scope of money laundering and tax matters, advocating for lesser sentences (given the increased discretion afforded to judges after Booker), and handling countless other complex issues. Andrew Birrell has argued before the United States Supreme Court regarding the facial constitutionality of the federal bribery statute and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals numerous times. Both Andrew and Ian have argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and Minnesota and federal district courts. 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 criminal cases and we want to work with you in your time of need. Click the button below or give us a call @ (612) 238-1939 to contact us today!

Criminal Defense Blog

Our blog is designed to educate readers on various criminal-defense related topics.

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Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

1How Do I Choose A MN Criminal Defense Attorney?
There are countless lawyers that handle criminal cases in the Minneapolis, MN area, but they are not all one and the same. The first step is to realize the gravity of your situation. In any criminal case the representation that you have will determine the final outcome.
2What Does a Minnesota Defense Attorney Do?
Criminal defense attorneys help people who are accused of crimes to ensure that they get a fair hearing and that the law enforcement officers followed the correct processes during the court proceedings.
3What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring a Mpls Criminal Lawyer?
If you require a criminal defense lawyer, then time is of the essence. Based on your case, your attorney will take some time to gather information and also prepare court proceedings. Although you need legal assistance immediately, you should ensure that you thoroughly vet your attorney before hiring them.
4What Are Good Questions To Ask A MN Criminal Defense Lawyer?
If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance where you have to hire a criminal defense lawyer, you want to take the necessary steps to ensure you are able to identify the best attorney for your situation. 1. Do You Have Direct Experience With This Type Of Case? 2. Do You Have Experience With Trials? 3. Will You Be Working Directly On My Case? 4. Will You Be Communicating With Me Consistently?
5Are Private Minneapolis Attorneys Better Than Public Defenders?
When it comes to choosing your defense team, you know that your freedom is at stake. When faced with criminal charges, the most important decision one can make is who to hire as their lawyer.