Defense Attorney Profile

Thomas C Gallagher
Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney

The origin story

After a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree, Thomas Gallagher began working as a paralegal in 1984.  Then discovering a passion for criminal law, he decided to go to law school.  Thomas Gallagher went to the University of Minnesota Law School, a top-rated law school.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher
Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher

After graduating in 1988, he did a law firm’s criminal defense attorney work.  He also handled cases in their other practice areas.

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

That broad legal experience in the early years provided a good foundation.  After all, the law is a seamless web.

Creative control

In 1993, Thomas 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 to Gallagher’s success.

Communication skills

Written communications skills are important for a criminal defense attorney.  And Thomas Gallagher writes motions, briefs, legal articles, blog articles, and legal education materials,

Verbal communication skills – including listening – are at least as important.  After all, Attorney Gallagher presents cases to a juries and judges.  And he speaks to other groups.  Even client communication is an essential skill.

Recognized expert in criminal law

Professional consults:  Other lawyers often consult Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher.  And he is happy to help those colleagues.  He answers questions about state and federal courts, about criminal law practice areas and defenses, and problem-solving.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher press conference
Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher press conference

Referrals:  Most of Thomas Gallagher’s clients are referrals.  And clients tell him who  recommended him to them.  Referral sources include other lawyers, judges, prosecutors and police officers, as well as former clients.

Teacher:  Many bar associations and Continuing Legal Education providers ask Thomas Gallagher to teach CLE classes on criminal law topics.

Thomas Gallagher works hard to provide quality education and materials to the lawyers, judges and police officers who attend.  You can see a detailed list of the courses and topics Attorney Thomas Gallagher has taught.

Unique strategic approach

Every lawyer has their own unique personality and background, just like all people.  So what core values and experiences drive Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher?  Let’s go with the top three:

  1. Curiosity.  Sustained effort can be hard work.  Problem solving can also be fun.  But either way, Attorney Gallagher is relentless.
  2. Compassion.  We are not so different.  So let’s see through each other’s eyes.  We can share our emotional truths.
  3. Communication.  No matter how developed your communication skills, we always need to improve them.  We can understand each other.  And active listening helps us connect and communicate.

Professional leadership, background, education, peer ratings & reviews

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas C Gallagher’s professional leadership, associations, educational background, peer-review best-ratings and five-star reviews, all appear below.

Recognized Leader Among Lawyers
Leadership positions in legal, political, 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
Links to List of Courses Taught: by Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas C. Gallagher, Lecturer and Presenter at Seminars presented to Lawyers, Judges, Police Officers, and others in the legal community.
Other Education
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Advocacy Skills Training Intensive Trial Practice, Brooklyn Park MN Nov. 7 – 14, 1998
Education Major Degree Year
University of Minnesota Law School Law Juris Doctor 1988
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Psychology Bachelor of Arts 1983

Top-rated Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney

Peer Review Awards and Ratings:

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Gallagher ratings as one of the best criminal lawyers in Minnesota:

  • AV Rated-cr“AV rated:“Martindale-Hubbell’s peer-review rating by lawyers & judges (best-rating for ethics & legal ability):

  • Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas Gallagher, Member, Minnesota Society for Criminal JusticeVoted Member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, limited to fifty of the best criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota:


  • avvo badge-cr“Superb” rating “10 out of a possible 10,” the best possible, by avvo.com:

  • nacdl-logoMember, National Organization of Criminal Defense Attorneys:

  • Member, NORML Legal Committee:NLCmember-sm

  • U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firm 2019U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers, peer reviews:

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