20140529_114136 - sm2Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer Thomas Gallagher’s criminal defense practice includes criminal matters of every type, including accusations of murder, sex crimes, assault, domestic-related charges, theft, property crimes, alcohol, marijuana and other drug “crimes,” gun charges, possession crimes, white-collar crimes, embezzlement, theft, DWI, etc.

Devoted to being the best criminal defense lawyer possible in every case, Gallagher has successfully defended clients in the most serious felony cases and misdemeanor cases. Gallagher has successfully handled numerous jury trials, trials to a judge, evidentiary hearings, probation hearings, and appeals, including cases of high-profile.

Lawyer Gallagher is relentless, works hard, with the client’s outcome goal in mind.

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Twin Cities Criminal Lawyer Gallagher has also been retained by clients being investigated or possibly investigated by police, providing “pre-charge counsel” designed to reduce the likelihood of ever being charged with a crime.

Gallagher has successfully represented many non-citizens, including Permanent Resident “Green Card” holders, at risk of Removal (Deportation) or other negative immigration law consequences. Since a criminal prosecution, guilty plea, or conviction can be the trigger for negative immigration consequences, such as Deportation or Denial of Naturalization, etc., by managing or winning the criminal case, a much more difficult immigration law problem may be avoided.

Criminal Attorney Gallagher is highly regarded in the local legal community as an expert in criminal law.  For example, he is a frequent author of law-related articles; and a frequent lecturer to Minnesota criminal defense lawyers, judges and police officers on criminal law topics.  He is often contacted by news media for comment and background on related news events.  He has been rated the highest possible rating by his peers – an “AV rating” though Martindale-Hubbell’s peer rating system. He has been given a “superb” 10 out of possible 10 rating from avvo.com.

If you have been accused or charged with a crime, or questioned by police, or otherwise have a criminal law question, call Minneapolis Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher to discuss your case or to make an appointment for a personal consultation about your question or case, for up to one-half hour at no charge.

Minnesota Defense Lawyer Thomas Gallagher’s law office is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis, next to the United States federal Court house, one-half block from the Minneapolis jail,  and one-block from the Hennepin County Court house.

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Bar Admissions

Minnesota Supreme Court, 1988.

United States District Court – District of Minnesota, 1989.


PresidentMinnesota Society for Criminal Justice 2011

Member, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice 2000-present

Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1995-present

Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1995-present

Member,  NORML Legal Committee 1995 – present

Board of Directors,  Minnesota NORML 2011 – present

Commissioner, Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission 2011 – 2017

Member, Hennepin County Bar Association 1988-present

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section 1988-present

Member, Issue Editor, Hennepin County Bar Association, The Hennepin Lawyer Editorial Committee 1989-2004

Member, Board of Governors, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1995-2001

Member, Governing Council, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1995-2001

Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section 1995-1999


DWI Laws of 1997 – A Brave New World, The Hennepin Lawyer, March, 1998

We Must Save Ourselves from Violence Created by U.S. Drug Prohibition Laws, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 11, 1983

Seminars Taught

Defending Marijuana Cases, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Annual CLE, June 15, 2018

Guns – Criminal Laws and Civil Rights, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education October 27, 2016

Marijuana – It’s Still Illegal: Selected Issues in Defending Marijuana Cases in Minnesota, Criminal Justice Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, August 26, 2013

Auto Stops, Searches and Arrests Law; and, Confessions and Their Suppression, Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Confessions in Minnesota, Lorman Education Services, November 30, 2012

Criminal Defense and Guns, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice CLE, July 9, 2011

Auto Stops, Searches and Arrests Law; and, Confessions and Their Suppression, Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure, and Confessions in Minnesota, Lorman Education Services, April 20, 2007

Drivers License Law and DWI Practice, Minnesota DWI Practice Institute, Minn. Continuing Legal Education, November 4, 2004 – November 14, 2005

Winning DWI and CVO Cases at Pretrial Hearing and at Trialand Winning Implied Consent and Other Drivers License Cases, Strategies for Success with DWI Cases in Minnesota, Lorman Education Services, December 3, 2004 – June 10, 2005

Preparing the Defense, Ethical Issues, and Guns, Immigration and Other Collateral Consequences, Defending Domestic Crimes, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, October 21, 2004

Drivers License Law and Records; Expungement, Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute, Minn. Continuing Legal Education, August 3, 2004

Winning DWI Cases, Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, November 14, 2002

Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases in Minnesota, Topics: (1) Searching for the Truth – Winning with Discovery; and (2) Vehicle Forfeiture and Plate Impoundment – Get It Back, Lorman Education Services, January 27, 2000

DWI Defense Update, Criminal Law Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association, January 21, 1998

Ethical & Practical Considerations When Representing a Person Accused of Violence Against a Loved One; Guns and Immigration; State and Federal Laws; and, Defense Strategy, Family Law and Domestic Abuse, Minn. Continuing Legal Education, May 16, 1997

Basic Civil Litigation – The Closing Argument, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, March 7, 1996

How to Use Medical Records to Win Your Case, Minnesota Association of Legal Assistants, June 16, 1995


University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, 1988, Juris Doctor.

University of Minnesota, Psychology, 1983, Bachelor of Arts.