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 - 2020
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
Focus Areas

Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime


Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2020

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:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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


  • 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
  • In re Villareal: - Settlement of $475,000 tollover accident wrongful death of 8 year old girl, 2014
  • State of Minnesota v. Anderson DWI Acquittal (30th October), 2013
  • State of Minnesota v. C.L. (Acquittal) (December), 2013
  • State v. Sanchez – Acquittal (3rd April), 2013
  • State of Minnesota vs. Back (22nd October), 2010
  • State of Minnesota vs Anderson (22nd October), 2010
  • Executive Grant of Clemency (October), 2010
  • State of Minnesota vs. Johnson (22nd October), 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Criminal Defendants - Felony

Educational Background:

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


  • “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.”
  • “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.”

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: 1/23/2020

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