Catherine Turner

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Catherine Turner Criminal Defense
Catherine Turner
Catherine Turner Criminal Defense

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2005

Education: Lewis & Clark Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020

Catherine Turner Criminal Defense

331 2nd Ave S
Suite 705
Minneapolis, MN 55401 Visit website


Board-certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Catherine Turner is the driving force of the Catherine Turner Attorney at Law PLLC in Minneapolis. With more than 17 years of experience in representing the residents of Minnesota in federal and state courts, she exclusively focuses on criminal defense law and handles matters involving:

  • Drug crimes
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Assault, battery and murder 
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary and theft
  • Fraud and white collar crimes
  • Tax evasion

Graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002, Ms. Turner earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science. Following her passion to assist and serve people, she later pursued her law degree at the Lewis & Clark Law School and obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2005. During her university days, she gained experience as a law clerk at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Portland, Oregon. 

Before establishing her law firm in 2008, Ms. Turner served as a public defender and federal practitioner. Over the course of her career, she has successfully cross-examined several witnesses, and has dealt with 40-plus trials and hundreds of hearings and motions.

Known for her honest and compassionate approach to her clients, Ms. Turner takes time to understand her clients’ needs and priorities and guides them accordingly through the entire legal process. An experienced and well-seasoned attorney, she knows what it takes to litigate a case successfully and sets her clients’ expectations realistically. With a perfect score of 10.0 on Avvo, she has become a go-to attorney for any criminal defense matter. 

Apart from her legal practice, Ms. Turner mentors many young lawyers and educates her peers on important legal topics at both the state and national levels. Previously a board member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, she currently holds active memberships in other professional organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association – Criminal Law Section.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime

First Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, GA
  • Minnesota Board of Public Defense Trial School, St. Paul, MN
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers(Board member 2010-2016), 2008
  • Member of the Federal Bar Association, 2016 - Present
  • Member of the Minnesota Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012 - Present
  • MN Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2008-present, Board member 2011-2017, Catherine and Mark Haase testifying on criminal justice issues on behalf of MACDL at the MN State Capitol, 2016
  • Minnesota Board of Public Defense, Dakota County, 2006-08, 2011-21
  • Active Member, CJA panel attorney, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 2010 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2008
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 2013
  • Office of the Federal Defender, Law Clerk/Certified Student Attorney, District of Oregon, 2002 - 2005
  • According to the Minnesota Bar Association (MSBA), The Certified Legal Specialist designation is one way for the public to identify those attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in their specialty area and to find an attorney whose qualifications match their legal needs. Fewer than 3% of all registered attorneys are certified specialists in their field. This Certification provides assurance that the specialist has been found to possess the expertise, experience, and knowledge necessary to provide quality service.  Catherine Turner has been a Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 2011. For more information please consult the MSBA
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • CLE presentation to local public defenders educating them about the weaknesses of eyewitness testimony and cross-racial identification in police investigations and in trial. Included practice tips, Presenter, Fighting Eyewitness and Cross-Racial Identification, MN Public Defenders, 2019
  • Statewide CLE for private defense bar educating lawyers on different mental health diagnoses, compassionate approaches to serving clients with mental health challenges, and how to advocate for them in front of the court and juries., Presenter, A Holistic Approach to Representing Clients with Mental Health Issues, Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), 2015
  • CLE for local attorneys regarding recent Supreme Court caselaw, cell phones, and the ways that law enforcement obtains, gathers, and uses data against defendants and how it affects search and seizure rights under the 4th Amendment, Presenter, The State of the Fourth Amendment in the Age of Edward Snowdin, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2014
  • National CLE for defense attorneys about what geofence warrants are and how to fight them through the criminal legal process. Included: trial tips, overview of cell site location data, etc., Presenter, Challenging Geofence Warrants Post-Carpenter, National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL); San Diego, 2020
Industry Groups:
  • Criminal Defense

Office location for Catherine Turner

331 2nd Ave S
Suite 705
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-361-4895


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020

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