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John Leif Fossum

John Leif Fossum

also known as John L. Fossum

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Reason: Government Attorney

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    Attorney Endorsements

    18 total 

    • Brittney Orin Ackerman

      I endorse John Fossum. I have worked various companion cases with John, and he is thorough and experienced. John has significant criminal defense experience, both in state and federal courts. John is able to quickly identify pertinent issues and I have seen him successfully challenge warrants, probable cause, and the admissibility of damaging evidence.


      Brittney Ackerman Criminal Defense Attorney
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    • Joshua Sabert Lowther

      I have read Mr. Fossum's contributions regarding federal criminal matters with great interest. He is very knowledgeable in this area of law, and his answers to questions involving matters of federal crime are not only insightful, but practical. I commend his obvious ability and highly recommend him for anyone who needs a federal criminal defense lawyer.


      Joshua Lowther Federal Crime Attorney
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    MNAuthorized to practice199306/29/2015

    Professional Misconduct

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

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    Award NameGrantorDate Granted
    Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
    Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
    Board Certified Specialist - Criminal LawMinnesota State Bar Association2012
    Paul Harris FellowshipRotary International2011
    Feature article on public defense in MinnesotaMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2001

    Work Experience

    TitleCompany NameDuration
    AttorneyFossum Law Office, LLC2008 - 2014
    Justice AdvisorAfghanistan Justice Sector Support Program2007 - 2008
    Practitioner FacultyUniversity of Phoenix Online2003 - Present
    PartnerLundblad, Fossum & Zrimsek, LLP2001 - 2006
    Part-Time Assistant District Public DefenderThird District Public Defender, State of Minnesota1996 - 2004


    Association NamePosition NameDuration
    National Trial LawyersN/A2013 - Present
    Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of MinnesotaN/A2012 - Present
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislative CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
    Minnesota State Bar Association AssemblyCriminal Law Section Delegate2010 - 2011
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChair2009 - 2010
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionVice-Chair2008 - 2009
    Association of Defence Counsel ICTYN/A2007 - 2014
    Association of Defence Counsel ICTYMember, Post-Tribunal Committee2007 - 2007
    International Criminal BarN/A2006 - Present
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Indigent Defense CommitteeVice-Chair1997 - 2000
    Rice County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
    National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1996 - 2014
    Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 5th District Bar AssociationN/AN/A

    Legal Cases

    Case NameOutcome
    State v. GhinterAcquitted
    State v. LarsonAcquitted
    State v. QuinnellSentencing Appeal, Downward Departure affirmed

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    Publication NameTitleDate
    African News JournalFirst Sudan Case advances in the International Criminal Court2009


    School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
    William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
    Macalester CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987

    Speaking Engagements

    Conference NameTitleDate
    Beyond Africa, The Future of the International Criminal CourtInternational Criminal Court Defense Function2014
    International Criminal Law, Promise and PracticeHistory and Overview of International Criminal Law2013
    Overview of the International Criminal CourtVictims Participation and Procedure at the International Criminal Court2011
    Introduction to Law Office Managment for Moroccan LawyersLaw Office Management2011
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Human Rights CommitteeInternational Criminal Law and Victim's Representation2010
    International Criminal Law ConferenceHistory and Overview of War Crimes2010
    "Children & Human Trafficking: Providing Legal Perspectives from Immigration, Criminal, and Child Advocates"Human Trafficking Crimes2010
    Northfield Lions ClubBringing the Rule of Law to Afghanistan2009
    Foreign Service Officers AssociationCorruption and reconstruction in Afghanistan2009
    Northfield Rotary ClubBringing the Rule of Law to Afghanistan2008
    Minnesota Public Defenders Annual ConferenceDefending the Meth Lab Case2003
    Annual ConferenceLegislative Updates2003
    Annual ConferenceLegislative Update, Ethics2002
    Annual ConferenceCase Handling Tips2001
    Annual ConferenceContract Update2000