Fred Bruno

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Bruno Law, PLLC
 | 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 763-545-7900
Fax: 763-545-0834
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Frederic Bruno of Frederic Bruno & Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has defended clients since 1980 and practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, handling such crimes as DUI/DWI and white collar crime. He often defends against accusations of mortgage fraud and sexual misconduct and protects his clients' professional licensure. Mr. Bruno is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist. Fred has been selected for inclusion in the top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2001.

Attorney Bruno has had outstanding success in high-profile cases such as State v. Moonen (first-degree murder), United States v. Nichols (Midwest Federal Savings and Loan fraud), State v. Peterson (police felony assault on suspect) and the Holidazzle parade crash. His acquittal of politician Susan Green on perjury charges in 1993 was named the Case of the Year by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea appointed Mr. Bruno to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure in 2010.

Mr. Bruno speaks English and French. He was awarded his J.D. by the St. Louis University School of Law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Fred Bruno

Admitted: 1980, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.brunolaw.com/frederic-bruno-attorney-at-law

Honors/Awards:

  • Voted Chair, Criminal Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1993
  • Chosen for "Case of the Year" in acquittal of Susan Green by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics, 1993
  • Voted to Board of Directors by Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rated “AV”, Highest for Ability and Ethics by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed, Criminal Law by National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Voted among Top 100 of all Attorneys in Minnesota by Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
  • Selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" in Criminal Defense by Woodward/White Peer Survey

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Utah (pro hac vice), 2008
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Colorado, 2005
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
  • Wisconsin, 2003
  • South Dakota (pro hac vice), 1989
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1980
  • Minnesota, 1980
  • Referee, Hennepin County District Court
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Brooklyn Park, MN, Police Officers' Association
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies' Association
  • Advisor, ABA Trial Competition, Hamline University Law School
  • Advisor, ABA Trial Competition, Hamline University Law School
  • Faculty, Judicial Trial Skills Training Program, University of Minnesota
  • Panel Attorney: Legal Defense Fund for - Fraternal Order of Police (MN & WI), and – Minnesota Police & Peace Officers' Association
  • Neutral Fact-finder, Carver County District Court
  • Supervisory Attorney, Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Conflicts Panel, Federal Public Defender
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Police Officers Federation-Minneapolis
  • Emergency Interim Legal Counsel, Department of Justice – For FBI Agents, Minnesota
  • Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Past President, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Faculty & Planner, Criminal Justice Institute
  • Former Chair, Criminal Section, Minnesota State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Oval Program, Stanford University Admissions Office
  • Chair, Land Conservation Committee, City of Shorewood
  • Board of Directors, 180 Degrees
  • Paul Harris Fellow,  Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Rotary
  • Sponsor, Children's Program of Northern Ireland
  • Founder, Hon. Miles Lord Permanent Endowed Scholarship – William Mitchell College of Law

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Instructor, Trial Skills, William Mitchell  College of Law
  • "Disorder in the Court: Probation Violations in Minnesota" - In Champion, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • "Victims' Rights: Trial by Tribulation", article – In Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • "Notes & Trends" monthly column, criminal law - For Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • The Drinking Driver in Minnesota, treatise - For Matthew Bender

Representative Clients:

  • Numerous homicide grand jury "no bills"
  • State v. Sheriff Al Wallin (corruption)(V)
  • State v. Olson (assault w/firearm) (V)
  • State v. Peterson (felony assault on suspect) (V)
  • State v. To (teacher kidnapping) (S)
  • State v. Grengs (gang rape) (V)
  • State v. Gilbert (felony assault on police officer) (V)
  • South Dakota In Re J.A. (manslaughter) (V)
  • State v. Moran (boating while intoxicated) (D)
  • State v. Ritzer (1st degree criminal sexual conduct) (V)
  • State v. Pham (evidence recovery, murder) (S)
  • State v. Lov (bond reinstatement) (V)
  • State v. Clausen (controlled substance penalties) (D, S)
  • United States v. Anderson (money laundering) (S)
  • United States v. Bolstad et. al. (savings and loan fraud) (V, S)
  • State v. Moonen (murder) (S)
  • State v. Hon. Regina Chu (DUI) (S)
  • State v. Attorney William Jones (V)
  • United States v. Jan Gangelhoff (academic fraud) (D)
  • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (terroristic threats)(S)
  • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (felony damage to property)(V)
  • State v. Susan Green (election fraud, perjury) (V)
  • United States v. Hirtzinger, (aircraft sabotage) (D)

Educational Background:

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1977
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Office Location for Fred Bruno

5500 Wayzata Boulevard
Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Phone: 763-545-7900

Fax: 763-545-0834

 

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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