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Justin M. Schiks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Woodbury, MN

JS Defense P.A.
724 Bielenberg Dr, #10
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: 651-756-1118
Fax: 651-691-6798
Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

The founder of JS Defense P.A., Justin M. Schiks focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense matters. His firm is located in Woodbury, Minnesota, and he represents clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area and other parts of the state. In addition to criminal defense, Mr. Schiks has experience in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and he has been admitted to practice before all Minnesota state courts since 2008.

The majority of Mr. Schiks’s clients are people facing state misdemeanor or felony charges. The types of cases that he has handled have included driving under the influence of alcohol, assault, drug possession and distribution, disorderly conduct, statutory rape and other sex crimes, burglary, domestic violence, manslaughter, murder and juvenile offenses. Throughout his career, Mr. Schiks has been able to obtain positive results for his criminal defense clients, including dismissals, acquittals and the negotiation of favorable plea bargain agreements with the prosecution.

Outside of the criminal defense area, Mr. Schiks has represented clients who have been harmed due to the negligence or recklessness of other persons or entities. He has worked on claims involving motor vehicle crashes, animal attacks and other serious incidents, and his clients have received significant compensation as a result of his skillful presentations at jury trials as well as his handling of settlement negotiations with defendants and their insurance carriers. His successful track record in both areas of his practice has earned Mr. Schiks a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. Born and raised in Minnesota, he is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, and he obtained his law degree from what was formerly known as William Mitchell College of Law.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Wrongful Death


2 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022

About Justin M. Schiks

First Admitted: 2008, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers member
  • Washington County Criminal Defense Panel
  • Better Business Bureau Accreditation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association-Member, 2020
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Panel member for the COVID-19 discussion panel of Judges, court staff and attorneys in Washington County. 1 of 2 defense attorneys selected throughout the county., 2020
  • Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Member. Providing legal advice to individuals charged with Misdemeanors and Gross Misdemeanors in Washington County., 2020
  • National College of DUI Defense Member, 2019


Educational Background

  • University of Minnesota

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker to the Ramsey County Bar Association Topic: "Going From No Idea to Not Guilty: An Intro to Criminal Law", Speaker, Going From No Idea to Not Guilty: An Intro to Criminal Law, Ramsey County Bar Association , Criminal Defense, DWI, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Washington County Criminal Defense Panel Member, 2020
  • Washington County Criminal Defense Panel, 2019
  • Washington County Criminal Defense Clinic, 2018


  • State Farm v. M.R. -$30,000 Settlement Personal Injury, 2021
  • State. of Minnesota v. R.Q. Misdemeanor Assault Expunged (Ramsey County), 2020
  • State of Minnesota v. R.Q. -Felony Assault/DWI/GM Charge Expunged (Washington County), 2021
  • State of Minnesota v. J.B. GM Weapon Charge (Dismissed-Washington County), 2021
  • Nationwide v. M.R. $30,000 Settlement Personal Injury, 2021
  • M.A. v. K.P - $206,000 Settlement Personal Injury, 2020
  • State of Minnesota v. W.F.-Felony HRO Violation (Dismissed-Rice County) 30.01 Dismissal, 2019
  • State of MN v. G.T.- Misd. Driving infraction (Dismissed by the court), 2018
  • State of Minnesota v. S.S. (Felony Failure to Register) -Dismissed by prosecutor after further investigation by defense counsel provided new information., 2019
  • M.K v. M.L -$24,000 Settlement Personal Injury, 2019
  • State of Minnesota v. M.S-J: Felony Theft (Dismissed-Goodhue County) Case dismissed by prosecutor after further investigation by defense counsel yielded new information refuting the charge., 2018
  • State of Minnesota v. K.N. -Dismissed (3rd Degree Drug Pine County), 2018
  • A.L. v. Comm'r of Public Safety- License Revocation Rescinded, 2018
  • State v. J.M. -Dismissed (1st Degree Drug, Felon in Possession), 2018
  • State v. S.P. -Not Guilty (Impersonating an Officer), 2017
  • State v. U.W.-Not Guilty (Misdemeanor Domestic), 2017
  • I.M. v. T.C. -$34,000 Settlement Awarded to Plaintiff (Jury Trial), 2016
  • State of Minnesota v. B.Z. -Dismissed (2nd Degree Drug Washington County) Dismissed by prosecutor after Jury Trial resulted in hung jury., 2014


  • , Elite Lawyer Award,, 2021
  • , Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawers, 2021
  • Award recipient, Top 18 Criminal Defense Attorney's St. Paul,, 2020
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense, Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Award Recipient, 10 Best Attorneys-Client Satisfaction , American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Award for positive reviews on, Client's Choice Award,, 2019
  • 2019 Client's Choice Award, Client's Choice Award,, 2019
  • Criminal Defense, Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • 2017 Client's Choice Award Criminal Defense, Client's Choice Award,, 2017
  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2017
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney, America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney, America's Top 100 Attorney's, 2017
  • 10 out of 10 rating, Superb Rated Attorney 10.0,, 2015
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Office Location for Justin M. Schiks

724 Bielenberg Dr
Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone: 651-756-1118

Fax: 651-691-6798

Last Updated: 7/28/2022

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