F. Clayton Tyler

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

F. Clayton Tyler, P.A.
F. Clayton Tyler
F. Clayton Tyler, P.A.

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

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1979

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

F. Clayton Tyler, P.A.

331 2nd Avenue South, #230
Minneapolis, MN 55401 Visit website


F. Clayton Tyler is the owner and an attorney at the F. Clayton Tyler Law firm, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He concentrates his practice on criminal defense matters involving drug crimes, white-collar crimes, search and seizure, domestic assaults, DWI, weapons charges, assault, burglary, and aiding and abetting. With more than 43 years of experience in practicing law, he serves clients throughout Minnesota.

Having handled numerous cases throughout his legal career, Mr. Tyler has gained invaluable experience successfully defending those accused or charged with a crime. He is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Criminal Law Specialist, an honor only 3% of criminal law attorneys in Minnesota have obtained.  He has obtained numerous not-guilty verdicts and/or dismissals in state and federal courts. He is endorsed by many of his peers as a zealous and tireless advocate for the rights and freedoms of his clients.

With a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg University, Mr. Tyler pursued his master’s in communication at the University of Minnesota. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1979.

During law school, Mr. Tyler served as a law clerk for a Hennepin County prosecutor and a Minneapolis City attorney for one year each. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the Mdewakanton Sioux Community Tribal Court and the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Court.

Mr. Tyler is actively affiliated with legal associations across Minnesota, including the following:

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  (past president)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers  (past president)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Additionally, he was a panel attorney at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s office and was the chair of directors of the Minneapolis Urban League.  He was also the chair of the board for Minneapolis public housing.  

He also gives back to the community as founder and executive director of ForeUs, a golf Caddy program for inner city youths. 

Mr. Tyler has received numerous google 5-star ratings and testimonials from satisfied clients.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, White Collar Crime

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1979, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://fctyler.com/team-member-bios/f-clayton-tyler-bio/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • State Fund Mutual, Board Member, 1999
  • Chair of the Minneapolis Urban League Board
  • Member of the University of Minnesota’s Diversity Committee
  • Chair of Minneapolis Public Housing
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church – Former Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Skylight Club
  • ForeUs, Formerly – Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association –  Founder
  • Minneapolis Urban League, Board of Directors
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota, 1979
  • Federal Public Defender, Panel Attorney
  • Hennepin County Public Defenders, Panel Attorney
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Minnesota Black Lawyers Association
  • Prairie Island Tribal Court
  • Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal Court
  • US Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1981
  • US District Court of Minnesota, 1980
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Augsburg College , 1972

Office location for F. Clayton Tyler

331 2nd Avenue South, #230
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-333-7309


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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