Bruce M. Rivers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Rivers Law Firm, PA
 | 701 Building Suite 300, 701 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-339-3939
Fax: 612-332-4003
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Bruce M. Rivers founded his Minneapolis law office, Rivers Law Firm, PA, in 1998 with the goal of protecting the rights of those accused of crimes in the Twin Cities. Clients throughout the state of Minnesota turn to him for representation when facing a broad range of criminal charges, including the following:

    • White-collar crimes
    • Violent crimes
    • Sexual offenses
    • Property crimes
    • Drug offenses
    • Homicide

    Mr. Rivers began his legal career in 1998 after earning a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and his approval to practice law in the state of Minnesota. In addition to his approval to practice in all of Minnesota's state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has also granted him approval to practice in its courtrooms.

    Attorney Rivers went into private practice immediately after law school when he founded his solo practice. Since his law firm's doors first opened, he has had the respect of both his clients and his peers due to his unrelenting dedication to justice. As a result of this respect, he has earned a number of honors, including a "Superb" rating from Avvo. In addition, the National Board of Trial Advocacy recognizes him as a board-certified attorney in the area of criminal trial law.

    Mr. Rivers is an active member of the legal community thanks to his involvement with a number of organizations. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Bruce Rivers

    Admitted: 1998, Minnesota

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    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy  - Certified Criminal Trial Advocacy, 2011
    • Minnesota State Bar Association - Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998, 1998
    • Ramsey County Bar Association, Second Judicial District Ethics Investigation Committee Member, 2010
    • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • Minnesota, 1998
    • Academy of Certified Trail Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM), Member Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2013
    • MSBA Criminal Law Council, 2005
    • National Board Of Trial Advocates, 2011
    • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member Board of Directors, 2011


    • Executive Grant of Clemency (October), 2010
    • State of Minnesota vs. Back (22nd October), 2010
    • State of Minnesota v. Anderson DWI Acquittal (30th October), 2013
    • State of Minnesota vs Anderson (22nd October), 2010
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree - 3 Counts exposure to 360 months.  Accompanied by Termination of Parental Rights Petition.  Acquittal on all counts in the criminal case and a week long jury trial.  Dismissal of the termination of Parental rights petition after a three day trial., 2017
    • State of Minnesota v. C.L. (Acquittal) (December), 2013
    • State of Minnesota vs. Johnson (22nd October), 2010
    • In re Villareal: - Settlement of $475,000 rollover accident wrongful death of 8 year old girl, 2014
    • State v. Sanchez – Acquittal (3rd April), 2013

    Representative Clients:

    • Rivers Law Firm, P.A. represents individuals and corporations of all walks of life.  The mission is to protect and preserve the client's life as much as humanly possible.  Cases range from Murder I to Health Care Fraud. From DWI to complex Federal criminal litigation., 2021

    Educational Background:

    • Augsburg College, B.A., Business Administration, Major in Management and Minor in Economics, 1991


    • “I have known Bruce Rivers for 10 years. I have handled many cases with him several of which went to trial. Bruce is an excellent trial lawyer and a three time recipient of the Superlawyer designation. I highly recommend him.”
    • “I have sent numerous clients to Mr. Rivers when criminal defense issues come up in my practice and all of them have been very pleased with his abilities. I have observed his courtroom demeanor myself and regard him very highly.”
    • “Bruce is a fantastic criminal defense attorney.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Bruce M. Rivers

    701 Building Suite 300
    701 Fourth Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Phone: 612-339-3939

    Fax: 612-332-4003

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    Last Updated: 1/21/2021

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