Defense Attorney Profile

Thomas C Gallagher
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer

Gallagher began working as a paralegal in 1984.  Soon discovering a passion for criminal law, he decided to go to law school at the University of Minnesota Law School, one of the top-rated law schools in the United States.  After summer clerking and then graduating in 1988, he worked for a law firm doing their criminal defense work, plus assigned cases in other areas.   That broad legal experience in the early years provided a good foundation.  After all, the law is a seamless web.

In 1993 Gallagher founded his own practice, Gallagher Criminal Defense law firm in Minneapolis.  Part scholar and part public performer, hard work has always been the key ingredient for Gallagher’s success.

Thomas C Gallagher, Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer
Thomas C Gallagher, Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer

“Liberty means you don’t need to justify your choice, the government must justify its intrusion.”

Whether writing motions and briefs, legal articles or legal education materials, written communications skills are a key tool for a lawyer.  And whether presenting a case to a jury or judge, or speaking to another group, or even a client, verbal communication skills – including listening – are at least as important.

Gallagher is frequently consulted by other lawyers, and is happy to do so.  He has been referred clients by other lawyers, judges, prosecutors and police officers, as well as former clients and their families.  Intellectual curiosity, and personal caring drive his desire to help people.

Recognized Leader Among Lawyers
Leadership positions in legal, political and community organizations; and bar association memberships:
Member Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice 2000 – present
President Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice 2010 – 2011
Member Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1995 – present
Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1995 – present
Member NORML Legal Committee 1995 – present
Chair, Board of Directors Minnesota NORML 2017 – 2018
Board of Directors Minnesota NORML 2011 – present
Commissioner Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission 2011 – 2017
Member Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section 1988 – present
Member Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section 1988 – present
Member, Issue Editor Hennepin County Bar Association, The Hennepin Lawyer Editorial Committee 1989-2004
Member – Board of Governors Minnesota State Bar Association, Board of Governors 1995-2001
Chair Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section 1995-1999
Other Education
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Advocacy Skills Training Intensive Trial Practice, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota November 7 – 14, 1998
Education Major Degree Graduated
University of Minnesota Law School Law Juris Doctor 1988
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Psychology Bachelor of Arts 1983
Top-rated Attorney

Peer Review Awards and Ratings:

Gallagher has been rated by various organizations to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Minnesota(top five to seven percent – links appear below):

  • AV Rated-cr“AV rated:”Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review rating by lawyers & judges (best-rating for ethics & legal ability):
  • avvo badge-cr“Superb” rating “10 out of a possible 10,” the best possible, by
  • nacdl-logoMember, National Organization of Criminal Defense Attorneys:
  • Member, NORML Legal Committee: