Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer

Thomas C Gallagher is a Criminal Lawyer in Minneapolis.  He operates his law firm there, Gallagher Criminal Defense.  Gallagher has over 30 years experience successfully representing accused people in Minnesota courts.

Deep roots in Minneapolis

Minneapolis cherry spoon
Minneapolis cherry spoon

Thomas C. Gallagher has deep roots in the Twin Cities community.  His family has been active in Minnesota law and politics for three generations.

Family members have included a Minnesota Supreme Court Judge, Assistant Minnesota Attorney General, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, Police Officers, Labor Union leaders, a Labor Arbitrator, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Officers, leaders, and candidates for statewide office.

Politically engaged

Apart from being a Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer, Gallagher himself has been a political activist.

He has worked on environmental and campaign finance reform issues.   And Thomas Gallagher has volunteered as a party leader in both major parties in Minnesota, including Co-Chair of the Minneapolis DFL and member of the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee.

And Gallagher has helped run Minneapolis political conventions.  He has helped run campaigns of Minneapolis City Council Members and Mayors, as well as candidates for Governor of Minnesota and President of the United States.

Thomas C. Gallagher ran as the Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota House District 61B twice, in 2014 and 2016.  He is active in the Minnesota Republican Party.

Liberty issues activist

Gallagher is also a decades long marijuana legalization activist.  “It’s about Liberty, not about marijuana,” Gallagher said.  He is a founding Board Member of Minnesota NORML, a legalization advocacy non-profit, since 2011.  His experience as a Minneapolis criminal lawyer fueled his passion for legal reform.

Minneapolis grounded

Gallagher has lived in the Twin Cities his entire life.  Gallagher attended school in Minneapolis, Hopkins and Minnetonka.  After that, he studied for his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a  major in the University of Minnesota’s top-ranked Psychology Department.  Then Gallagher graduated with his Doctor of Laws degree from the  top-ranked University of Minnesota  Law School in 1988.

Greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin
The gas station's chicken
The gas station’s chicken

Though Thomas Gallagher is a Minneapolis criminal lawyer, he travels throughout greater Minnesota representing clients on special assignments.

He loves traveling Minnesota.  The people are the best.  And he enjoys the beautiful historic courthouses we treasure.  Even the jails around the state are quite interesting.  Though beautiful buildings and nature abound throughout Minnesota, the people are the most interesting of all.

In the warm months, he rides his sport bike with other riders through the twisties of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin.

We can really get to know an area riding the back roads on a motorcycle all day.

Even handed

Gallagher sued the City of Minneapolis in police misconduct cases, back when he did personal injury work.  He has also defended individual police officers in court, as a Minneapolis criminal lawyer.

Minneapolis level local laws

Minneapolis, like other cities, can charge people with violating Minneapolis City Ordinances, in addition to Minnesota State Statutes.  These can include criminal zoning law and traffic violations.

City Ordinance traffic violations have the advantage of not going on the Minnesota Drivers License Record.  Though the Minneapolis Police Policy and Procedure Manual does direct police officers to issue State Statutory citations rather than City Ordinance citations, police officers do have discretion.

Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer
Thomas Gallagher, Minneapolis Criminal Attorney
Thomas Gallagher, Minneapolis Criminal Attorney

A recognized expert in Minnesota criminal law, Gallagher has published many legal articles.

Gallagher has taught dozens of Continuing Legal Education courses to other lawyers, judges, police officers, and paralegals.

Throughout Minnesota, Thomas has conducted and won many jury trials, as well as appeals.

Gallagher has top-ratings from organizations respected for rating lawyers, reserved for the top Minnesota criminal lawyers.

Gallagher publishes a blog: Minneapolis Criminal Law News

Could You Benefit from the Experience of a Minneapolis Criminal Lawyer?

Gallagher will give a free consultation of up to a half-hour about your Minnesota criminal law matter by phone or at his Minneapolis Twin Cities law firm, if you call 612-333-1500.