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Robert M Speeter

Robert M Speeter

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Federal Crime

About Me

You need a safe place to go for answers where you won’t be personally judged.  If you are shopping for a lawyer, you may notice that many lawyer’s sites have pages of information about the law for you to sift through.  It is my belief that you are seeking a lawyer that will be able to explain the relevant law to your situation personally.  I do not find it helpful to produce pages of material for a potential client to click through in order to make myself look knowledgeable.   After 25 years of practice, I have found that providing a mountain of material to a client is likely to cause stress or even fear—producing thoughts such as:  Do I need to know this?  Is it applicable to my case?  That is the lawyer’s job—not the client’s job!


My first goal in representing a client is working to break through the fear that is a natural reaction to criminal charges so that together we can build an effective and creative criminal defense.  I find that a fearful client is more likely to either: not do things necessary for their defense; or actually do something that makes the situation worse.  That is why I personally meet every client for a relaxed, thoughtful and informative free consultation.  It is also why I personally make every court appearance in your case.  I want my clients to feel comfortable and not have to experience the fear of an unknown associate suddenly appearing on the day of court.


Call me to set up a free, private and confidential consultation at our mutual convenience.  As a first step to reducing fear, be assured that I will not judge you personally when we meet; rather I will honestly observe your situation with you and give you my considered assessment.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    31 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 30%
    31 years, 500 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Heather Lynn Kennedy-Bordeaux

    I endorse Mr. Speeter. He is highly knowledgeable, dedicated, and an asset to his clients across his entire practice spectrum.


    Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Speeter & Johnson

1515 One Financial Plaza
120 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-1803



MNAuthorized to practice198406/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Top Lawyers in MinnesotaThe Legal Network2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Lawsuits of the YearMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSpeeter & Johnson1984 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Minnesota Society for Criminal JusticeMember2010 - Present
Minnesota Criminal Justice System DWI Task ForceMember2006 - Present
Hennepin County Misdemeanor Defense ProjectMember1988 - 2005
Hamline Law ReviewOperations Editor1982 - 1984
Beta Gamma SigmaN/A1980 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota State Board of AccountancyCertified Public AccountantN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
S.J.S. v. Commissioner of Public SafetyPlaintiff granted Minnesota's first interlock driver's license
U.S. v. LamereDefendant won his Federal sentencing appeal
J.S. vs. Breck SchoolPlaintiff reinstated in school

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Publication NameTitleDate
Hamline Law ReviewWarrentless Doorway Arrests1983


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of MinnesotaAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Hennepin County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2015
Dakota County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2015
Hennepin County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2014
Dakota County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2014
Hennepin County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2013
Dakota County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2013
Hennepin County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2012
Dakota County One Day ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2012
Hennepin County One Day DWI ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2011
Dakota County One Day DWI ProgramLegal Aspects of DWI2011
Minnesota Society for Criminal JusticeIgnition Interlock2008
Tax InstituteIncome Tax Avoidance1984