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Lauri Michelle P Traub

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Paul, MN

5.0   2 reviews

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About Lauri

Learn Lauri’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Specialized training in DNA, Crash Reconstruction, Drug Chemistry, and other forensic areas. 58 trials, not including countless trials where I provided second-chair assistance with complex forensic issues such as DNA, drug testing, firearms, and crash reconstruction for other attorneys.

    18 years

  2. Violent crime
    Including 4 first degree murder cases, along with numerous aggravated robbery, assault and criminal sexual conduct cases and trials.

    18 years

  3. DUI and DWI

    18 years

  4. Juvenile law

Experience and accomplishments matter.  When you hire a lawyer, you should consider not only how long that attorney has been practicing, but what she has accomplished in that time.  I have been honored to be named Attorney of the Year twice by Minnesota Lawyer.  The first time was in 2012 for litigation that resulted in the closure of the St. Paul police department crime lab and again in 2015 for my work as the lead attorney on the high profile murder case State of Minnesota v. Brian Fitch.

I have vast experience in a wide variety of criminal cases. I have represented clients in both juvenile and adult court, and handled cases ranging from disorderly conduct up to First Degree murder. What sets me apart from other criminal defense attorneys is my specialized training in forensic issues, including DNA, drug testing, firearms, and crash reconstruction.

After over eleven years in public defense I have opened my own private criminal defense practice.  Contact me for a free consultation. .  You deserve an experienced, accomplished lawyer.


Photos and videos

The team that shut down the St. Paul Police Department crime lab July 2012
The defense team on the night Lauri was awarded Minnesota Lawyer's Attorney of the Year 2015 for her representation in State v. Brian George Fitch
Licensed for 23 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1999
Updated 01/23/2023

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

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The Law Office of Lauri Traub, LLC
413 Wacouta Street
Suite 140
Saint Paul, MN, 55101


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Posted by Shauna | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
absolute best
Brilliant, insightful, and confident. Ensures rights are protected and employs effective stratigies to actually stand up for and fight for you. Great advocate. I'm currently seeking her representation again
Posted by Michael | December 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best!
Lauri represented me in a complex case in stele county, she was excellent! Easy to get a hold of and always gave me great advice. She always returned my calls in a very timely fashion. She took the time to get to know me and understand my case, and she was very compassionate. The end result was very good, I recommend Lauri to everyone looking for good representation!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law and Owner
  • The Law Office of Lauri Traub LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender -- Part Time
  • State Of Minnesota Board Of Public Defense
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender -- Full Time
  • State Of Minnesota Board Of Public Defense
  • 2005 - 2016
  • Law Clerk/Staff Attorney
  • State Of Minnesota First Judicial District
  • 2001 - 2005
  • ERISA Compliance Analyst
  • Us Bancorp
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • State of Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • Hamline University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 1999
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • State of Minnesota v. Matthew David Jensen, et al
  • The St. Paul Police Department ceased all drug testing in the lab following three days of hearings in July 2012


  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Member -- Jurisprudence Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Program Chair - Jurisprudence Section
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year
  • Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2012
  • Special Achievement Award For St. Paul Crime Lab Litigation
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • First District Quarterly Training
  • DNA -- I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means
  • 2016
  • Annual Meeting -- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Crash Reconstruction for the Legal Professional
  • 2014
  • West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative
  • Ethics in Forensic Laboratories
  • 2013
  • West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative
  • Validation Studies in Forensic Laboratories
  • 2013
  • NACDL Conference on Forensic Science
  • Pre Trial Motion Practice in a Case Involving Forensic Evidence
  • 2013
  • Annual Meeting -- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • St Paul Police Department Crime Lab Litigation
  • 2013
  • Actual Innocence Program -- CAILAW
  • Challenging the Foundational Reliability of a Crime Lab
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Lauri
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Traub is an excellent attorney that is well respected in the criminal justice system. She works extremely hard for all her clients. She truly cares. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lauri and I have worked on several complex cases together. She is always prepared and works tirelessly on behalf of her clients. I would be delighted to work with her again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauri Traub is well respected by judges, attorneys, court staff and professional colleagues. She has earned an excellent reputation as a smart, well-prepared and effective attorney. She has the guts to tackle complicated matters. She is creative and courageous. I have known Lauri a long time, and I would gladly refer to her with confidence that she would do an outstanding job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lauri is a fantastic and dedicated attorney. She knows her stuff and fights tooth and nail for her clients. If I, or a family member, ever needed a criminal defense attorney I would have no reservations about her being in charge of the case. She is a top notch attorney and I have nothing but praise and admiration for the work I have seen her do."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are fortunate to have the opportunity to hire Lauri as your attorney, take it. Lauri Traub is one of the best lawyers in Minnesota. Her experience ranges from homicides, to accident cases, to drug cases, etc. Lauri Traub works incredibly hard for each client and has an excellent reputation in the community."
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