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Anthony William Bushnell

Criminal defense Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2005
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Anthony

Learn Anthony’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced felony and DWI/DUI criminal defense, also covering DWI test refusal, criminal vehicular homicide/operation, boating while intoxicated, domestic assault, gun crimes, drug crimes, DUI, license revocation and forfeiture, financial crimes, fraud, theft, robbery, government benefits, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, etc. Expungement of records available. Trial experience, both criminal and civil. Great experience in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Wright, and Scott County.

    18 years

  2. Violent crime
    Experience with virtually all violent crime accusations and charges, including guns, firearms, conceal and carry violations, self-defense, assault, domestic assault, robbery, burglary, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, obstruction of legal process, resisting arrest, firearm in a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, etc.

    18 years

  3. White collar crime
    Defending against allegations of financial crimes, embezzlement, inappropriate or falsified expense reports, fraud, bank and real estate transactions, conspiracy, etc.

    18 years

  4. Appeals
    Argued cases before Minnesota Court of Appeals, including winning a case selected as a significant decision of 2008. Experienced with all stages of appeal, from initial filing through preparing briefs and oral argument.

    18 years

Anthony Bushnell is the lawyer to call when you need help immediately. Whether answering questions for a driver in the middle of the night before testing for DWI or working quickly to get someone released from jail, Mr. Bushnell is available 24/7 and ready to go to work. In the courtroom, he takes command of the situation and stands up for the rights of his clients. Ready to aggressively challenge the state to put its case to the test at trial, he has completed numerous criminal jury trials and bench trials and handled hundreds of cases in pre-trial stage. Mr. Bushnell has argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, including getting an order against his client thrown out because the opposing party didn't give his client fair notice of the action. He is also an experienced civil trial attorney and handles many litigation matters including orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. He practices in Minnesota state courts and in Federal Court for the District of Minnesota.

In addition to defending people in court, Mr. Bushnell handles expungement of criminal records for people who need a record sealed because they are denied employment or otherwise hurt by it, and can also help people with expunging Department of Human Services (DHS) records.

Trial practice has been a passion for Mr. Bushnell for nearly 20 years, reflected in all of his college and law school training. He received his legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the United States. He graduated with honors in 2005 and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar that same year.

During college, he was consistently recognized for his outstanding skills in trial advocacy. He earned a number of awards at national and local tournaments for his skill as an attorney in college mock trial, and participated in the national tournament each year he competed. During the last year of college and for three years prior to attending law school, Mr. Bushnell worked in several law firms and gained a wide variety of experience with legal practice and procedure. He enthusiastically plays strategy games of all kinds and enjoys finding a tough challenger in chess.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Bushnell has also served as a board member and vice-president of the Minnesota Chapter of Christian Legal Society, and has volunteered his time at the Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid clinic. Mr. Bushnell makes a priority to spend time talking about the practice of law with students enrolled in law school, including serving as an adjunct Lawyering Program Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School for the 2009-2010 class year. He also teaches the entire criminal and traffic code to students in law enforcement training as adjunct faculty at The University of Northwestern - Saint Paul.


The Bushnell Law Firm LLC
920 2nd Ave S Ste 1540
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-4014

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Posted by Corey | July 20, 2014
Anthony Bushnell is the BEST. Period!
From the very first phone call, Anthony Bushnell was down to earth, and was very thorough and spent the time with me without looking for a credit card or a big retainer on the first call. He is very honest. He is very kind. He explained my situation and what I will go through perfectly. He made my mistake of drinking and driving not a light thing, but managed to keep my fees very fair, and my outcome very reasonable. He is every bit as good as some big time firm. In fact, HE IS YOUR ATTORNEY! Not a fresh out of law school person that may show up at your initial meeting and court case. (Big firms don't always tell you this.) Bottom line...If you want a genuinely ethical, nice, and honest person (rare nowadays), that happens to be a great attorney (even more rare), who helped me and can help you, call him now. Honestly, save the time online and just call him. I'm not paid to do this review. Unfortunately I'm picky and went through several initial interviews before I found him. He simply is the best all around attorney.
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Posted by DB | July 17, 2014
Anthony Is A Rare Lawyer - Highly Recommended
Anthony worked with our family during some issues with our son (DWI) and he brought tremendous peace and representation as we went through the process. His wisdom of the law, the legal system, along with his relationships in the court system and prosecutors proved to be invaluable. He always followed up with the time was right, and gave fair and unbiased feedback about any issue. He's not a "say anything to get off.." sort of lawyer - which we really valued, nor can you get away with in today's world. Anthony is compassionate about your situation and truly becomes your advocate during your case. While I hope we never have to work with him in the future, he's the first person we'll call when/if any needs arise. He's a rare find.
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Posted by Al | July 9, 2014
Anthony Bushnell = Honesty and Integrity
I hired Anthony to represent me in traffic case. After a few weeks, the case was dropped, unbeknownst to Anthony. I told him what happened and asked if he had anything to do with the charges being dropped. He honestly replied he had nothing to do with it, congratulated me, and promptly sent my total down payment back. Top notch character. Thank you.
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Response from Anthony Bushnell July 10, 2014
Thank you! It was that rare case where the city reviewed the charges and decided on its own that they were baseless. We didn't even have to mount our defense to get them to do it.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-275 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty in Criminal Justice
  • University of Northwestern - Saint Paul
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • The Bushnell Law Firm, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Lawyering Program Instructor
  • University Of Minnesota Law School
  • 2009 - 2010


  • University of Minnesota
  • JD - Juris Doctor (with honors)
  • 2005
  • Hamline University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998
  • The Blake School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tina Ayala v. Carlos Ayala
  • Successful appeal


  • Christian Businessmen's Connection (CBMC)
  • 2011 - Present
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Chairman for 2015-16; Council Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member of National Attorney Ministries Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • MSCJ Minnesota Source Code Coalition
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Christian Legal Society of Minnesota
  • Past Board Member and Vice President
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Minnesota Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 2014 Minnesota Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Attorney in Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Graduate of First Annual Trial School
  • Criminal Justice Institute (Minnesota CLE)
  • 2009
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • What Non-Criminal Attorneys Need to Know about DWI Law: How to Get Your Clients the Best Help
  • CLE
  • 2014
  • The Intersection of Family & Criminal Law: DANCOs, OFPS, HROs
  • CLE
  • 2014
  • Updates you need to know in Family, Civil, and Criminal Law
  • CLE
  • 2013
  • On the Way with Paul Ridgeway - Discussing how faith transforms work and law
  • Radio Program
  • 2013
  • How to Get Your Evidence In: What's Admissible and What Isn't, and What to Do About It
  • CLE
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Anthony
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a family law attorney, when I have questions about criminal law, Anthony is my go-to contact, and he is always happy to help. He is an excellent attorney, and a better person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find Anthony's advice on legal issues enlightening and helpful in discussions among attorneys. I have referred clients who praised his skill and warm, thoughtful manner. I highly recommend Anthony as an exceptional lawyer and a fine person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I know Mr. Bushnell to be an extremely ethical attorney who is well respected in his community. Mr. Bushnell is both compassionate and fair. He diligently pursues the interests of his clients."
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