Fred Bruno

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Golden Valley, MN

Bruno Law, PLLC
 | 4272 Dahlberg Dr, Golden Valley Executive Center
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Phone: 763-284-5505
Fax: 763-545-0834
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    Frederic Bruno of Frederic Bruno & Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has defended clients since 1980 and practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, handling such crimes as DUI/DWI and white collar crime. He often defends against accusations of mortgage fraud and sexual misconduct and protects his clients' professional licensure. Mr. Bruno is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist. Fred has been selected for inclusion in the top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2001.

    Attorney Bruno has had outstanding success in high-profile cases such as State v. Moonen (first-degree murder), United States v. Nichols (Midwest Federal Savings and Loan fraud), State v. Peterson (police felony assault on suspect) and the Holidazzle parade crash. His acquittal of politician Susan Green on perjury charges in 1993 was named the Case of the Year by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea appointed Mr. Bruno to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure in 2010.

    Mr. Bruno speaks English and French. He was awarded his J.D. by the St. Louis University School of Law.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 27 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Fred Bruno

    Admitted: 1980, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in Criminal Defense by Woodward/White Peer Survey
    • Rated “AV”, Highest for Ability and Ethics by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Voted to Board of Directors by Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Voted among Top 100 of all Attorneys in Minnesota by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
    • Chosen for "Case of the Year" in acquittal of Susan Green by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics, 1993
    • Listed, Criminal Law by National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    • Voted Chair, Criminal Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1993

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Past President, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
    • Emergency Interim Legal Counsel, Department of Justice – For FBI Agents, Minnesota
    • South Dakota (pro hac vice), 1989
    • Supervisory Attorney, Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility
    • Colorado, 2005
    • Faculty, Judicial Trial Skills Training Program, University of Minnesota
    • Former Chair, Criminal Section, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies' Association
    • Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee
    • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1980
    • Conflicts Panel, Federal Public Defender
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
    • Panel Attorney: Legal Defense Fund for - Fraternal Order of Police (MN & WI), and – Minnesota Police & Peace Officers' Association
    • Utah (pro hac vice), 2008
    • Advisor, ABA Trial Competition, Hamline University Law School
    • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Referee, Hennepin County District Court
    • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
    • Minnesota, 1980
    • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Police Officers Federation-Minneapolis
    • Wisconsin, 2003
    • Neutral Fact-finder, Carver County District Court
    • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2006
    • Advisor, ABA Trial Competition, Hamline University Law School
    • Faculty & Planner, Criminal Justice Institute
    • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Brooklyn Park, MN, Police Officers' Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Sponsor, Children's Program of Northern Ireland
    • Chair, Land Conservation Committee, City of Shorewood
    • Founder, Hon. Miles Lord Permanent Endowed Scholarship – William Mitchell College of Law
    • Board of Directors, 180 Degrees
    • Paul Harris Fellow,  Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Rotary
    • Oval Program, Stanford University Admissions Office

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Notes & Trends" monthly column, criminal law - For Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • The Drinking Driver in Minnesota, treatise - For Matthew Bender
    • "Victims' Rights: Trial by Tribulation", article – In Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
    • "Disorder in the Court: Probation Violations in Minnesota" - In Champion, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Adjunct Instructor, Trial Skills, William Mitchell  College of Law

    Representative Clients:

    • United States v. Hirtzinger, (aircraft sabotage) (D)
    • State v. Gilbert (felony assault on police officer) (V)
    • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (terroristic threats)(S)
    • State v. Peterson (felony assault on suspect) (V)
    • Numerous homicide grand jury "no bills"
    • United States v. Anderson (money laundering) (S)
    • State v. Pham (evidence recovery, murder) (S)
    • South Dakota In Re J.A. (manslaughter) (V)
    • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (felony damage to property)(V)
    • State v. To (teacher kidnapping) (S)
    • State v. Attorney William Jones (V)
    • State v. Sheriff Al Wallin (corruption)(V)
    • United States v. Bolstad et. al. (savings and loan fraud) (V, S)
    • State v. Lov (bond reinstatement) (V)
    • State v. Moran (boating while intoxicated) (D)
    • State v. Susan Green (election fraud, perjury) (V)
    • State v. Grengs (gang rape) (V)
    • United States v. Jan Gangelhoff (academic fraud) (D)
    • State v. Olson (assault w/firearm) (V)
    • State v. Moonen (murder) (S)
    • State v. Clausen (controlled substance penalties) (D, S)
    • State v. Ritzer (1st degree criminal sexual conduct) (V)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • ICON in the courtroom- On December 6, 2018 at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis, Fred Bruno, along with 21 others, were recognized as the inagural class of Icon honorees from across the Minnesota business and legal communities. The honorees distinguished themselves as leaders in their fields and have been active in their communities and in mentoring the next generation. Sponsored by Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer, the honorees were selected by a panel of judges with legal and business expertise., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Stanford University, B.A., 1977
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    Office Location for Fred Bruno

    4272 Dahlberg Dr
    Golden Valley Executive Center
    Golden Valley, MN 55422

    Phone: 763-284-5505

    Fax: 763-545-0834

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