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Beau Daniel Mcgraw

Criminal defense Attorney at Lake Elmo, MN

4.6   19 reviews
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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2001
    Authorized to Practice Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2018

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Hello. My name is Beau D. McGraw, and I am the owner of McGraw Law Firm, P.A. I started this law firm upon my graduation from William Mitchell College of Law. While in law school, I was fortunate enough to excel scholastically and with school competitions.

Prior to my entry into law school, I attended Saint Cloud State University. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and minor degrees in Political Science and Human Relations. I graduated from Saint Cloud State University with honors in 1998.

McGraw Law Firm, P.A. is my unique creation. Everything we do and every case we become involved in is a decision that I make. The decision is easy: I will take the case if I feel comfortable that I can help the client through this very difficult time in his/her life. The United States System of Justice allows unfettered access to our courts to seek redress for perceived unfairness, criminal conduct, and/or negligent acts. I understand this process well and make sure my clients' positions are zealously advocated and their rights are protected. I work tirelessly to meet my clients' objectives.

I have handled many kinds of cases and I have significant litigation experience, including trial experience. I have successfully advocated for clients in a class action lawsuit where my clients received over $1,000, in compensation for their injuries. I have tried many criminal cases, including a 1st Degree Murder Case. With regard to negligence matters, I have represented folks injured as a result of a simple auto accident and I have assisted families with the loss of a loved one as the result of the negligent acts of another.


Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice


McGraw Law Firm, P.A.
10390 39th Street North
Lake Elmo, MN, 55042
Beau Daniel Mcgraw
600 Inwood Av N #200
Oakdale, MN, 55128
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4.6 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Israel | November 3, 2022
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Criminal defense case
This was a very stressful time and Mr.McGraw showed up for me, and took that stress away. He showed care for my situation and got my case in front of the right judge for my case, he made me seen in the very best way in courtroom, He fought the prosecutor and the states recommendations for 36 month prison commit and the judge was understanding of my situation. The state still wanted to impose a 90 day sentence and judge still denied that and gave me a 2 day sentence with time served, No restitution to the state or other fees Just probation. A great end to a long and unfortunate situation! Thank you Beau.
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Posted by Diandre | September 19, 2022
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From the beginning after hiring Beau he made me feel comfortable. Beau was very straight forward on what was needed and what he was gonna do. When I was unsure about how the case was going he took the time to call me back in a timely manner and explained the case to me. Beau was very trusting and I felt secure and confident in his ability to work my case. I would recommend him to anybody. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2022
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Simply the Best
I have been working with Beau since 2019. He isn’t just an attorney, he is a voice of reason and someone who has helped me through an absolute nightmare of a divorce and custody battle. He is responsive, honest and always makes me feel heard. I am so thankful for Beau’s expertise and the meticulous work of his assistant, Melissa.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2022
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Very impressed!
I'm so pleased with Beau's work on my complex divorce and custody case. His knowledge and experience made all the difference. He is my first choice for any legal matter.
Posted by David | September 14, 2019
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If you want the best...
Beau is truly a one of a kind criminal defense attorney. I went to three attorneys before him, and the consensus from all was a poor prognosis and that I "probably needed representation". The problem with those guys is they're not really looking out for you like Beau. They want to passively defend you, not take action, and let you give them your money for a defense you could get out of a kid in law school. After I explained my situation to Beau, he immediately took action, defending me like I would defend myself. He made aggressive, yet tactful decisions which took a highly "unfavorable" situation and got me the best possible conclusion. Outcome: no conviction, nothing at all. Beau knows his stuff, and he doesn't mess around. You want real defense, you gotta pay for the best. Hands down, you will find that here.
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Posted by Toni | February 14, 2019
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blessed to have him in our corner
Beau has been by our side in this drawn-out process that our family wasn't expecting regarding the sale of a mutually owned home. He fought for us tooth and nail for a fair result, and will now be by our side again since the other party is fighting this result. We are scared but confident with him by our side that the courts will once again give a fair judgment to both parties, and he has even suggested how to get the results we are hoping for pushed forward so we can end this battle sooner rather than later. He has been very understanding of our many questions and never makes a question feel stupid. He was also a very strong advocate for us in the courtroom and we hope the same tenacity will help us again. We are glad we chose him and thankful he is continuing to work with us.
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Posted by Amie | July 21, 2018
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Even though I was the defendant in our child custody case, I was awarded full physical & legal custody.
Beau fought the fight of my life, right by my side. My abusive ex & his family hired a high buck atty, in an attempt to take my children (age's 18-months & 7-months) from me. It was a battle, but in the end I was awarded full physical & legal custody. My ex was awarded supervised visitation to see our children at a safety center, where they breathalized him, & supervised the entire visits. The social workers @the safety center noted serious concerns re his parenting, (including showing up drunk 2x,) there notes went to the Ramsey Co judge/referee in our case. After requiring him to take parenting classes, he could resume his visitation. Instead of taking the classes & resuming visitation, he continuously harassed me. Today my children & I have a current OFP, (order for protection) protecting us through 2058. I am so grateful to Mr. McGraw for guiding me, successfully, through the family court system. My children are amazing teenagers today thriving in high school & sports. Without a fighter like Beau in our corner, their lives, my life, could have been very different, & very tragic.
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Posted by Roxanne | December 27, 2017
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Best Legal representation I could’ve asked for
I hired Beau McGraw to handle a probation violation that I had acquired right at the end of my probation time I was looking at a major extension on my probation and I had been charged with a new case. I was looking at prison time that’s for sure. There were many extenuating circumstances as to everything that had happened and with Beau McGraws expertise in the court room and with the law I got everything wrapped into one deal I got the help I needed and very minimal jail sentence which I got to be out for work release. Thank you so much to Beau and his firm for the final legal work and representation I received. I have to say he held my hand through this whole thing and it couldn’t have come out better.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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Amazing, professional, and determined lawyer. Non other come close
I have had the pleasure to have Beau accept a few cases in the recent past. Thankfully those cases are well behind me now but I can't say enough good words about Beau and his team at the McGraw Law Firm. Give him a free consultation and you will be convinced he is the right Lawyer to choose.
Posted by wisdorf_jeff | March 15, 2014
Beau knows divorce
Mr. McGraw was the best attorney I could possibly have contacted. He was very motivated and detail oriented in my divorce case. He constantly assured me I would be taken care of and boy did he deliver. He and his assistant Melissa were professional and courteous through the whole process. I would highly recommend Mr. Beau McGraw as he gets the job done.
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Posted by Bradley | February 5, 2014
Remarkable Attorney, Phenomenal Individual
I have used Beau for a few different family matters, with each case Beau has help me out in so many ways I lost count. Because of Beau and his amazing work, knowledge and dedication, I now have full legal and physical custody of my four children from my previous marriage. He has helped my family through many hard and difficult time, and through each has always been there believing in us. Beau had stood by my side and had never doubted me as a father while never giving up on my children and family. He ensured that not only my interest but also those of my children were looked after. Beau was a strong advocate of mine throughout the whole process never giving up or giving less than 100%. Beau has always been there for us when we needed him. He would explain to us the situation in details, give us our options, and give us counsel. Then no matter the decision we made Beau would stick behind it and us and fought to make it a reality. Beau is both a remarkable attorney and he is a phenomenal individual. I say this because after everything Beau had done for my family and me in the court room, he even honored us by marrying us. We consider Beau a part of our family now and realize that we are together because of him and his extraordinary efforts in the court room. I would recommend Beau without hesitation. Thank you
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Posted by Zach | February 3, 2014
Dependable, Reliable and Very Responsive
I used Mr. McGraw to assist me in various business matters, including amendments to my business, incorporation issues and rental agreements. He always returned my calls promptly and had a wonderful way of explaining complicated details in a very uncomplicated manner. He made me feel comfortable and knowledgeable regarding my case and my own business. He also drafted all of my estate planning documents and was of tremendous help to me and my family in this regard. I would definitely recommend Mr. McGraw to anyone looking for a good attorney.
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Posted by Tim P. | February 3, 2014
Exceptional attorney!!!!!!!
Beau helped me to win an issue in court on where my daughter would be attending school last fall. My daughters mother wanted her in a school over 50 miles away where she lives. Which means I would become an every other weekend dad. Up until this point I was seeing my daughter all the time. Beau fought to keep a daughters dad in her life (like I had been up to this point). He responded to every email, every phone call in a super timely fashion. He was extremely knowledgable on every aspect of my case. He is a great person and a great trustworthy attorney- which are hard to find in an attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney. I've used him before this case, and I will be his client for life based on all the great things he has done for me legally. He is the best in the twin cities! Reliable, trustworthy, extremely attentive to detail and great in court! Attorneys don't get any better than Beau D. McGraw.
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Posted by Melissa | June 14, 2013
He is amazing!
Beau was great! From the first time I spoke with him about my child custody case I felt empowered. I had been with a different atttorny who made me feel quite the oppisite. In fact told me I had very little chance of getting what I waned from my ex husband as we dsputed child custody and support. Beau told me different! He made it clear to me what we could do to win our case and we did!!!! He tuely changed mine and my sons life!
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Posted by Frank | September 28, 2012
"Bull Dog"
I am a single father of 2 and this all do to mr mcgraws envolment and dedication not just to my case, but also dedication to the cause of keeping my children safe. When things got out of hand " and they did rather fast" mr MCgraw and his legal team were there to answer questions and advicate for me in channels i did not have access to. Most of all Beau Daniel Mcgraw never lost faith as to the kind of man/father i am even though no one would hear us out, As he put it " we were in a room screaming the facts and not being heard" MR Mcgraw did not stop screaming until we were heard and that is why my children are safe and know that they are loved and for this i am for ever greatful for Mr Mcgraw and his legal team. Thankyou
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Posted by NH | November 28, 2011
He is the best!
I have used Mr. McGraw for family member needs, business advice and needs and have sent my friends to him. He is top notch in all dealings. After using other attorneys covered by my legal insurance to resolve issues that still haunt me, I resolved to not try to pinch pennies and paid the required fees for representation and have absolutely no regrets. As some of the other reviews have stated sometimes we get impatient and worry that things are not being done fast enough but that is not the case. Beau knows the law, knows the system, and does what is needed at the appropriate time, all of this and resolutions that don't haunt you years later. I most highly recommend Beau McGraw without reservation.
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Posted by Shirley | November 15, 2011
Excellent attorney
Our family holds Beau McGraw in the highest esteem both professionally and personally. We first retained Beau about eight years ago and since then he has represented family members in over a dozen cases in family, traffic, and criminal defense, all to our satisfaction. We wouldn't think of hiring another attorney after working with Beau. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his excellent and exceptional representation. What sets Beau aside from other attorneys is his personal interest in and strong commitment to his client. When you retain Beau McGraw you are retaining an exceptional attorney who cares about you and is is willing to go the extra mile to keep you informed, listen to you, and give you the best possible defense. He is not only a remarkable attorney, he is also a remarkable man of the highest integrity and professionalism. We recommend him to you without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2022
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Be sure he’s qualified before hiring
Hired in December of 2018. First mistake unbeknownst to us was that he didn’t review our case before agreeing to accept, then sat on it just up until the statute of limitations was about to expire months later. Handed us a template for our civil complaint, and had us fill in the blanks, as his knowledge of the case wasn’t as good as it should’ve been. In one particular motion that he filed, he copied and pasted my thoughts to him in an email and used that as the motion. I would call to give him new facts that would help us, and he’s cut me off saying “I don’t want that stuff right now, and no one knows your case better than you”. My desperation made me blind to the red flags. Ended up paying him an additional (almost twice the fee agreement) to motivate him to no avail. We’ve never had legal issues prior to this so we had no clue how this process worked. He missed several deadlines to file motions to strengthen our case (deadline to introduce expert witness) not out of lack of awareness, as we pleaded with him to do so well in advance. Judge ultimately ended up striking down said permission to file and gave reason of us having ample time do so and not taking action. In the end, our case was dismissed with one of the reasons being that he cited the wrong laws to apply to our case. He was hard to reach, unless the bill was due. His legal assistant was amazing though. Too bad she’s not the attorney. In his motion for summary judgement, he told the judge that this was not his area of expertise. We consulted another attorney afterwards to see if we could salvage our case in an appeal, but they said that McGraw really gave them nothing to work with in the case file. In consulting with attorneys prior to him, we knew their quality was better from their record in our type of case, but couldn’t afford them. You get what you pay for I guess. In hindsight, we should have terminated him and asked for a prorated refund.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2020
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"The Lawyers screwed up" (Beau included), after I lost my son
Spring 2016, Beau took over a dissolving case, told my sister he would represent me well and made it sound great, later, Beau said he read everything in the lawyers file, (which he had referred me to), then told me there was nothing he could do, (I said the father was drugging my son) that it [it appeared] "I was crying out for HELP", told me there was nothing he could do. Later, I DISCOVERED Beau had investigated my allegations, investigated me (mother) for drugs, while leaving my son being drugged by his dad, October 10, 2016 I was investigated, staged, drugged. Mid November 2016 my son either died, or ended up in the hospital, as his cousin said "I saw **** [my son] yesterday, Grandma won't tell me what happened" (sounds like a drug overdose), Beau further investigated, to see if I knew anything, Beau has since stopped communication, and denies all facts. Today, Beau has learned from his mistakes, is now pushing for "orders of protection", acting, rather than neglecting. I lost my child, don't lose yours.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Reprimand/Probation issued in MN, 2018
updated on 11/29/2018

Reprimand/probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. The State also monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McGraw Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2001 - Present


  • St Cloud State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Beau. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I think Mr. Mcgraw's approach to family law is innovative and serves his clients well. I think more lawyers should take his approach."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McGraw and I were opposing counsel in a contested marital dissolution proceeding in 2010. He was always prepared, liked by his client, and provided his client excellent representation in all court proceedings. An Excellent family law attorney."
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Lake Elmo Criminal defense Lawyer Beau Daniel Mcgraw
Beau Daniel Mcgraw
Criminal defense Attorney
Lake Elmo, MN
Licensed for 22 years
Virtual consultation available
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018. See details