Prolific History as Trial Lawyer

Frederic Bruno, Attorney at Law

fred_bruno Frederic Bruno, Attorney at Law5500 Wayzata Blvd.
Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55416
763.545.7900
bruno@brunolaw.com

EDUCATION:

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1977
  • St. Louis University, J.D., 1980

ADMITTED:

  • 1980: Minnesota
  • 1980: United States District Court, District of Minnesota
  • 1989: South Dakota (pro hac vice)
  • 2003: Wisconsin
  • 2004: United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 2005: Colorado
  • 2006: United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • 2008: Utah (pro hac vice)
  • 2012: United States District Court, District of North Dakota

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

  • Criminal Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

DISTINCTIONS:

  • Selected as a “Best Lawyer in America” in criminal defense - By Woodward/White peer survey
  • Voted Chair, Criminal Section, 1993 – By Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Voted among top 100 of all attorneys in Minnesota - By Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
  • Listed, criminal law - By National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Rated “AV”, highest for ability and ethics - By Martindale-Hubbell
  • Voted “Superlawyer” – By Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics
  • Chosen for “Case of the Year” in acquittal of Susan Green - By Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics, 1993
  • Voted to Board of Directors - By Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Criminal Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, Former Chair
  • Criminal Justice Institute, Faculty & Planner
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, Past President
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

PUBLICATIONS:

  • “Notes & Trends” monthly column, criminal law - In Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • The Drinking Driver in Minnesota, treatise - In Matthew Bender
  • “Victims’ Rights: Trial by Tribulation”, article – In Bench & Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • “Disorder in the Court: Probation Violations in Minnesota” - In Champion, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

APPOINTMENTS:

  • Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Interim Legal Counsel, Department of Justice – For FBI Agents, Minnesota
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Police Officers Federation-Minneapolis
  • Conflicts Panel, Federal Public Defender
  • Supervisory Attorney, Lawyers Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Neutral Fact-finder, Carver County District Court
  • Panel Attorney:  Legal Defense Fund for - Fraternal Order of Police (MN & WI), and – Minnesota Police & Peace Officers’ Association
  • Faculty, Judicial Trial Skills Training Program, University of Minnesota
  • Adjunct Instructor, Trial Skills, William Mitchell  College of Law
  • Advisor, ABA Trial Competition, Hamline University Law School
  • Referee, Hennepin County District Court
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies’ Association
  • Lead Attorney, critical incident response - For Brooklyn Park, MN, Police Officers’ Association

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

Successful results by dismissal (D), settlement (S) or verdict/decision (V) in the following sample of high-profile cases:

  • United States v. Hirtzinger, (aircraft sabotage) (D)
  • State v. Susan Green (election fraud, perjury) (V)
  • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (felony damage to property)(V)
  • State v. Hon. Harvey Ginsberg (terroristic threats)(S)
  • United States v. Jan Gangelhoff (academic fraud) (D)
  • State v. Attorney William Jones (V)
  • State v. Moonen (murder) (S)
  • United States v. Bolstad et. al. (savings and loan fraud) (V, S)
  • United States v. Anderson (money laundering) (S)
  • State v. Clausen (controlled substance penalties) (D, S)
  • State v. Lov (bond reinstatement) (V)
  • State v. Pham (evidence recovery, murder) (S)
  • State v. Ritzer (1st degree criminal sexual conduct) (V)
  • State v. Moran (boating while intoxicated) (D)
  • South Dakota In Re J.A. (manslaughter) (V)
  • State v. Gilbert (felony assault on police officer) (V)
  • State v. Grengs (gang rape) (V)
  • State v. To (teacher kidnapping) (S)
  • State v. Peterson (felony assault on suspect) (V)
  • State v. Olson (assault w/firearm) (V)
  • State v. Sheriff Al Wallin (corruption)(V)
  • Numerous homicide grand jury “no bills”

COMMUNITY:

  • Founder, Hon. Miles Lord Permanent Endowed Scholarship – William Mitchell College of Law
  • Sponsor, Children’s Program of Northern Ireland
  • Paul Harris Fellow,  Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Rotary
  • Board of Directors, 180 Degrees
  • Chair, Land Conservation Committee, City of Shorewood
  • Oval Program, Stanford University Admissions Office