Barry S. Edwards

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Keller Law Offices
Barry S. Edwards
Keller Law Offices

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2001

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

Keller Law Offices

310 S 4th Ave
Suite 1130
Minneapolis, MN 55415 Visit website


Always placing the needs of his clients first, Mr. Edwards delivers highly personalized counsel to those he serves in order to fully understand their situations and devise the most effective strategies possible to help them achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve efficiently and cost-effectively. At all turns, he maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights and interests, and he has earned a reputation as one of the leading lawyers in his area for criminal defense.

Mr. Edwards has handled thousands of criminal cases from minor traffic violations to homicide, including drug possession and sales, assault, domestic assault, illegal use or possession of firearms, and criminal sexual conduct.  He has navigated from bail negotiations through trial with regular client contact and input – because he recognizes that each client is different.   Mr. Edwards is also skilled at negotiating resolutions that avoid collateral sanctions such as job loss, losing housing opportunities, predatory offender registration, and administrative agency sanctions. 

A 1987 graduate of Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Mr. Edwards worked as a managing editor of a bimonthly political journal in Washington, D.C. He then earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and served as English professor at several area universities and colleges before pursuing his legal career. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Edwards is a member of the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations, the National College for DUI Defense, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Volunteer Lawyers Network, among his other professional affiliations. Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, he also has experience with appeals and has argued or briefed cases before the Minnesota and U.S. Supreme Courts.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, Divorce, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations

  • 90% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Family Law

First Admitted: 2001, Minnesota

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Managing editor of the “Ripon Forum,” a bi-monthly journal of politics
Educational Background:
  • B.A. from Grinnell College in 1987 with a degree in English
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1995
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
  • Eyewitness ID Jury Instruction and Litigation Strategy Group
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • MSCJ (Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice) Source Code Coalition
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section---Executive Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • NOT GUILTY JURY VERDICT: Drug DWI Charge: After a single-car accident, client's blood was drawn pursuant to a search warrant, it showed the presence of a schedule V prescription drug, and she was charged with felony DWI. I tried the case to a jury and got a Not Guilty verdict by showing errors in investigation and police work, 2020

Office location for Barry S. Edwards

310 S 4th Ave
Suite 1130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 952-641-7504


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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