Frederick J. Goetz

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Goetz & Eckland P.A.
Frederick J. Goetz
Goetz & Eckland P.A.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1987

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2008, 2011 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999
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Goetz & Eckland P.A.

Banks Building
615 First Avenue NE, Suite 425
Minneapolis, MN 55413 Visit website


A founding partner with Goetz & Eckland P.A., Frederick Goetz's practice focus is criminal defense, civil rights and plaintiff's personal injury. He has sucessfully represented clients accused of serious crimes including multiple murders, racketeering, fraud (including mail, wire and medical), bribery, drug distribution and conspiracies and sexual assault offenses. He has also successfully represented individuals in claims against police and government officials for unreasonable force, false arrest, deliberate indifference to serious medical needs and other civil rights violations. Goetz has also helped victims of car crashes and others hurt by negligent conduct obtaining multiple recoveries over one million dollars.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Goetz practices in federal and state court and has been invovled in cases across the United States. He has over 30 years experience both as a trial litigator and as an appellate advocate. He is a past president of the Minnesota Assocaition of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and is a member of the MACDL, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association for Justice, and the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Goetz has the honor of being recognized as a "Super Lawyer" over seventeen times and also holds the rating of AV Preeminent*, the highest possible, from the attorney peer review group Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Construction Accident, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Civil Rights
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1987, Minnesota

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Past Member, Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Member, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Trial Lawyer Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013-present 
  • Member, Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Past-president, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Award Winner, “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 1998, 1999
  • Award Winner, “Super Lawyer,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000-2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Deacons, Plymouth Congregational Church, 2005 to 2007
  • Member, Plymouth Congregational Church
  • Assistant Coach, DeLaSalle High School Mock Trial team
  • Board of Stewards, Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 - 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Frequesnt Speaker at Criminal Defense and Civil Rights/Police Misconduct Seminars
Educational Background:
  • Carleton College, 1983
Industry Groups:
  • Amdahl Inn Of Court
  • American Association For Justice
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association For Justice
  • Minnesota Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Office location for Frederick J. Goetz

Banks Building
615 First Avenue NE, Suite 425
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: 612-874-1552


23 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2008, 2011 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999

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