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Bruce Rivers

Bruce Rivers


Criminal Defense

Bruce Rivers appears regularly in both federal and state courts. He is acquainted with most of the federal judges and magistrates. Aside from work in Hennepin County and the metro area, he has had a significant number of cases and trials in outstate Minnesota.

Bruce Rivers has handled over 2,000 criminal cases. His experience includes trials and plea negotiations at both the state and federal levels. Bruce Rivers has achieved acquittals on cases ranging from DWI to first, second and third degree murder. He has also handled white collar and high profile cases requiring unique judgment and experience. He has represented lawyers in tough situations. Lawyers from all different types of firms feel very comfortable referring clients to his firm.

  • Federal Defender Panel
  • Former Adjunct Law Professor
  • Experienced & Successful Trial Lawyer
  • Member of Federal Bar Association & National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • MSBA Criminal Law Council (2 years)
  • National Board Of Trial Advocates

Personal Injury

Bruce Rivers is dedicated to helping injured people. He is aware at how life changing a significant injury can be. When someone is injured, they lose wages, incur medical bills, and suffer physical and emotional pain. Getting no-fault benefits established right away to cover immediate expenses is important. Building a solid case to recover money for damages is a long-term and frustrating process for the injured. Bruce Rivers has worked with a network of orthopaedic, medical and chiropractic doctors to ensure that your claim and your rights are protected. He has helped people receive large settlements. His efforts have made a difference in putting the pieces back together of lives torn apart due to a serious injury or death. He has over a decade of experience handling complicated injury cases involving significant loss or impairment and death.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Major: Business, Management/Economics

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998

Representative Clients

  • Criminal Defendants - Felony
  • Personal Injury


  • Kirk Shellum
  • Andrew Birrell

Past Positions

  • Birrell, Dunlap & Ritts, Law Clerk, 1996 to 1998

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National Board Of Trial Advocates

Representative Cases

  • State v. Sanchez – Acquittal (3rd April), 2013
  • State of Minnesota v. C.L. (Acquittal) (December), 2013
  • State of Minnesota v. Anderson DWI Acquittal (30th October), 2013
  • Executive Grant of Clemency (October), 2010
  • State of Minnesota vs. Johnson (22nd October), 2010
  • State of Minnesota vs Anderson (22nd October), 2010
  • State of Minnesota vs. Back (22nd October), 2010

Past Lists

  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2011 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers List
  • 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers List