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Charles F. Clippert

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Paul, MN

Clippert Law Firm, PLLC
101 E. Fifth St., Suite 1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-300-4109
Fax: 651-297-6134
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

As the founder of the Clippert Law Firm PLLC in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mr. Charles F. Clippert devotes his practice to criminal law and advocating on behalf of those who have been accused of committing a crime or are being investigated by state or federal authorities. During a legal career that has spanned more than two decades, Mr. Clippert has represented clients from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka and Washington counties facing charges ranging from driving while intoxicated and simple assault to embezzlement and murder. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Clippert spent 10 years with the Ramsey County Public Defender's Office.

Mr. Clippert earned his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law, where he has also served as an adjunct professor of law, before being admitted to practice law before the state courts of Minnesota in 1994 and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in 1995. Recognized by the Minnesota Board of Public Defense for his courtroom experience, Mr. Clippert has argued successfully before both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was elected to the Minnesota State Bar Association Council in 2013, and he was appointed president of the Ramsey County Bar Association in 2008.

During the 10 years he spent working as a public defender, Mr. Clippert was reminded almost daily of the vast resources and enormous manpower of the state. He also developed a passion for helping those who feel powerless in the face of the criminal justice system, and he remains a staunch defender of the rights of the accused as an officer and member of the board of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Appellate
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Appeals


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2020 - 2022

About Charles F. Clippert

First Admitted: 1994, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law


  • Other Published Opinions: State v. Smith, 749 N.W.2d 88 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008); State v. Ferguson, 742 N.W.2d 651 (Minn. 2007); State v. Martinez, 725 N.W.2d 733 (Minn. 2007); State v. Christopherson, 644 N.W.2d 507 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002); State v. Hoppe, 641 N.W.2d 315 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
  • I represented client on an appeal from a criminal sexual conduct conviction.  Client was sentenced to an aggravated departure based on elements from lesser included offenses for which no sentence was imposed.  The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the aggravated sentence., 2008
  • I represented client on appeal who was charged with multiple offenses out of Hennepin County.  The conviction was reversed based on the State's failure to show that my client, who did not speak english as a first language, did not voluntarily waive his Miranda rights., 2007

Educational Background

  • Colby College in Waterville, ME, B.A., 1986

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Elected to the MSBA Council, 2013
  • Board member and as the President, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2008
  • Elected to the Board of the Neighborhood Justice Center, 2012
  • Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2011
  • Officer and member of the Board of Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of Minnesota, 2018
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Office Location for Charles F. Clippert

101 E. Fifth St.
Suite 1500
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-300-4109

Fax: 651-297-6134

Last Updated: 6/3/2022

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