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Joseph P. Tamburino

Joseph P. Tamburino

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Federal Crime

About Me

Joe Tamburino is one of the most effective criminal defense attorneys in the Twin Cities and has been named a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” for fifteen straight years. His passion for excellence in criminal defense has led to an exclusive rating as a Minnesota State Bar Board Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law, a certification achieved by only 3% of all attorneys. He has defended his clients effectively against a wide range of charges – from DWI and white collar crimes to child pornography, assault and homicide – and has personally tried over 85 jury trials. Joe has 25 years of criminal experience.

A graduate of New York University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Tamburino began his career as a public defender in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. In 1997, he joined what would become Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm and has become a prominent and visible member of the Minnesota legal community. In 1998 he was named a Rising Star in Minnesota by Minnesota Law & Politics (Rising Stars are attorneys who have practiced for less than 10 years and are the age of 40 or younger). Since 2000, he has been named a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics for fifteen straight years.

He is a frequent commentator on legal issues and current trials for such media outlets as Minnesota Public Radio, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, WCCO TV & Radio, KSMP/Fox 9 TV and KSTP TV. He has shared his views and expertise on such issues as drinking & driving, alcohol-related accidents, homicides and criminal sexual conduct, campaign finance, international matters and first amendment (free speech) cases.

Tamburino is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Federal Courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    18 years
  2. Federal Crime: 10%
    18 years



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Jeremy Judson Cobb

    Mr. Tamburino is helpful, knowledgeable, and kind.


    Jeremy Cobb Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.

10 S 5th St
Suite 525
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-1012



WIGood Standing200003/24/2015
MNAuthorized to practice198906/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2006
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2005
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2002
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2001
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2000
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine1998
Moot courtNational Moot Court Competition1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCaplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.1997 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Public DefenderOfficer1989 - 1997

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Minnesota v. LeiterNot Guilty Verdict

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE)Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE)2014