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Thomas C Gallagher is a Minneapolis Criminal Attorney.  And he runs his law firm, Gallagher Criminal Defense. It’s located in Uptown Minneapolis near Bde Maka Ska.  And Thomas Gallagher has three decades of experience that benefits you.

Roots in Minneapolis

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

Family members include:

  • Minnesota Supreme Court Judge,
  • Assistant Minnesota Attorney General,
  • Assistant Hennepin County Attorney,
  • Police Officers,
  • Labor Union leaders,
  • Labor Arbitrator,
  • Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Officers, leaders, candidates.
  • Trial Lawyers
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Politically-engaged Minneapolis Criminal Attorney

Apart from being a Minneapolis Criminal Attorney, Thomas Gallagher himself has been politically active.

He has worked on issues like the environment and campaign finance.  

Thomas Gallagher has experience as a party leader in both major parties.  And this includes serving as Co-Chair of the Minneapolis DFL, and member of the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee.

And Thomas Gallagher has helped run Minneapolis political conventions.  Moreover, he’s led 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.  And he’s active in the Minnesota Republican Party, in Senate District 61 and the State Central Committee.

Liberty issues activist

Thomas 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 non-profit, since 2011.  And his experience as a Minneapolis criminal attorney fuels his passion for reforming dangerous laws.

Minneapolis-grounded: Minneapolis Criminal Attorney

Thomas Gallagher has lived in the Twin Cities his entire life.  And he attended schools in Minneapolis, Hopkins and Minnetonka.

After that, he studied for his Bachelor of Arts degree.  A psychology enthusiast, Thomas Gallagher’s major course of study was with the legendary Psychology Department of the University of Minnesota.

Then Gallagher graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from the top-ranked University of Minnesota Law School, in 1988.

Twin Cities and Southeast Minnesota areas

Though a Minneapolis criminal attorney, he travels and represents clients throughout the Minnesota greater twin cities area, and Southeast Minnesota.

And he loves traveling Minnesota.  Our people are the best.  He enjoys our beautiful historic courthouses.  Even the jails around the state are amazing.  And though beautiful buildings and nature abound throughout Minnesota; the people are the most interesting of all.

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The gas station’s chicken

But in the warm months, he rides his sport bike through the twisties of southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin, and the Driftless Area.

So, we really get to know an area riding the back roads on a motorcycle all day.


Thomas Gallagher sued the City of Minneapolis for police misconduct, back when he did personal injury work.  But he has also defended individual police officers in court, as a Minneapolis criminal attorney. After all, we need honest, conscientious, and professional police officers. And police officers enjoy the same rights we all have.

Minneapolis level local laws

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

But City Ordinance traffic violations have the advantage of not going on the Minnesota Drivers License Record.

The Minneapolis Police Policy and Procedure Manual does direct police officers to prefer State Statutory rather than City Ordinance citations.  But police officers do have discretion. And so do prosecutors.

Minneapolis Criminal Attorney

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

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

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

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

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Thomas Gallagher, Minneapolis Criminal Attorney

Knowledge is power:  So get some (more) here.

Thomas Gallagher publishes a blog: Gallagher Criminal Defense Blog.

Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Law

So, could you Benefit from Thomas Gallagher’s experience as a Minneapolis Criminal Attorney?

Criminal law question?  Call Thomas Gallagher for phone consult. So call 612-333-1500.

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