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Bruce Michael Rivers

Criminal defense Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

4.2   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    DWI, white Collar crime, drug offenses

  2. Sex crime
    20%
    Criminal sexual conduct

  3. Violent crime
    20%
    Homicide, murder

BOARD-CERTIFIED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD. FREE CONSULTATION.

Bruce Rivers is recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a criminal trial specialist.  He has achieved acquittals in nearly every type of criminal case ranging from DWI to Murder I.  His prolific practice has earned him the respect of judges and prosecutors throughout the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Many lawyers seek his assistance in complicated matters that require extensive trial experience.  He practices in both State and Federal Courts.  His trial experience has made him adept at cross-examining law enforcement, forensic experts and any witness he faces.  

In addition to his criminal practice Bruce Rivers is also experienced in handling matters that invovle buisiness litigation and  personal injury.  In both arenas he has achieved awards for his clients exceeding $500,. 

His dedication to his clients and his commitment to excellence in the courtroom, make this trial lawyer a standout among his peers.

www.riverslawyers.com

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2014
Client's Choice
2021 2014
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Location

Bruce Michael Rivers
701 Fourth Av S #300
Minneapolis, MN, 55415

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved My Life
One minute I was enjoying my life with my fiance and kids and the next moment I was facing 3 charges for felony sexual misconduct and abuse of a minor. Officers told me I was needed for questioning without any mention of why. I arrived downtown only to be accused and not questioned. I searched for lawyers in the area and found Bruce Rivers. He was on top of things from the moment I contacted him. I remember Bruce telling me not to say anything to the detectives without him being there and if they booked me that meant I did the right thing. I will admit I was skeptical but that all changed quickly. From getting my bail reduced from 500,000.00 to 7,000.00 with conditions to ultimately getting me acquitted of all charges. The prosecutors assured me that there was no way I was walking away without 30 years and that I should just take a plea deal. If it wasn't for Bruce I would probably be in prison right now, missing out on my kids growing up. Bruce was honest and upfront with everything that happened. I was up against serious charges and he didn't sugarcoat anything. He also made me apart of every decision that was made when prepping for and during trial. I was able to reach him anytime whether its was days, nights or weekends whenever I had a question or concern. Bruce showed no fear when going up against the state of Minnesota. He was able to expose the negligence of the detective who "investigated" the case. He also made everyone aware of the carelessness and sloppy work of the Hennepin county prosecutor team, who had no problem destroying the life of an innocent man with no evidence. Not only did he handle my criminal trial, but Bruce also got my case dropped against Child Protection Services that would terminate my parental rights. Although Bruce was outside of his expertise, he went above and beyond to research and make sure he was ready for trial. I owe my life to this man and I would recommend him to anyone who may be up against even the worst charges.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Strategic -- and Caring
When our son was facing a legal nightmare, we turned to Bruce Rivers for help. He responded immediately -- calling from his vacation -- and quickly set up a strategy that ultimately resulted in the best possible resolution. We are incredibly thankful to Bruce and his team: their work literally saved my son's life. Throughout this horrific experience, Bruce was always willing to respond to questions, to answer our questions thoroughly and honestly, and always respectfully. More important, he is a strategic thinker, with the skill, knowledge and expertise you need on your side when you are facing a harsh and impersonal legal system. The experience was extremely traumatic for my son (and our entire family). Bruce was supportive throughout -- it's quite a bonus to have an attorney who is smart, skilled AND caring. If you need legal help, you couldn't do better. Bruce Rivers is terrific.
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Posted by Mike | March 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Service
Bruce has represented me in a two Federal Probation Violation cases, a major State Case, and continues to help me with an appeal. If you decide (or the evidence is so stacked you have no choice) to take a plea, he is who you want. Bruce has the connections and where-with-all to negotiate the best deal possible. He managed to negotiate 2 amazing deals, helped me avoid 2 additional Federal Indictments, and is still helping me with my legal matters after I served my time. His client service is amazing. If you are going to have to do a little time, he is who you want. Every time I called from jail or prison he answered the phone, no matter what time of the day. What is more, while incarcerated, my identity was stolen, and Bruce helped me restore my identity and get my credit sorted out for no additional fees; he also continues to help me with an appeal. If not for Bruce, I wouldn't be writing this review for another 10 to 15 years.
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Posted by Corey | January 22, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disclaimer** This is just an opinion and honest feedback.
I’ve never had Bruce Rivers as an attorney but I watch his channel and have read so many reviews regarding his work. I would hire him in an instant, because he knows what the eff he’s talking about and doesn’t seem like he’s going to feed you a bunch of bull poop if you hire him. From what I’ve seen, he’s going to tell you how it is and what the best outcome will be, no snake oil. Seems legit and not a shady “you know what”, like any high profile attorney in his position very well could be. Read the bad reviews and his responses to them are just dunking on the bad reviews for being fake or just bull poop. I don’t know if I could ever afford Mr. Rivers, let’s just hope that one day I could maybe afford him or more realistically, I’ll try and not get in the position in which I need an elite attorney. Good day, everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Too Class
Mr. Rivers is phenomenal. Regardless of the criminal, civil or any legal matter at hand, Mr. Rivers is the best. His professionalism, compassion, knowledge, reassurance & empathy is encouraging.
Posted by Anthony | March 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
top of the line lawyer
Hey is an unreal lawyer willing to fight for you at anytime , and has your best interest in mind , very professional, I am super grateful to have him on my side , I highly recommend Bruce
Posted by Jim | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He does what he says
I was facing a felony charge and I called Bruce to defend me. The first time we met I was so nervous, but Bruce calmed me down and told me everything would work out. He promised me that he would get rid of the felony charge and that I wouldn't get any jail time. Well he came through with flying colors. No felony charge and no jail time. Bruce keeps his promises. He's the BEST!!!
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Posted by Gage | November 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A winner
I was caught in the Midwest with a LARGE amount of a controlled substance. Bruce answered his phone in the middle of the night and was there for my preliminary the next morning. The state wanted to keep me in jail until my day in court and Bruce got me home to Florida. Bruce then proceeded to get me an unprecedented plea deal where I’d have minimum requirements as far as probation went. A small fine and some community service . Essentially a slap on the wrist. Then, working whatever magic Bruce works, managed to get my car back from the State. Bruce knew what the car meant to me and he got it. He picked up the truck for me, replaced the battery, then picked me up from the airport and handed me the keys, sending me off with a handshake. Bruce is an ELITE lawyer. At every turn he answered my questions and gave me the best path moving forward. Because of him I’ve had the opportunity to turn my life around, and for that I’m truly thankful. If you are in a tough sport, and I was, get Bruce on your team. At every turn I was amazed at what he was able to work out on my behalf. I have don’t have any felonies on my record, I don’t have a probation officer breathing down my neck, and I have my car. What more could you ask for.
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Posted by Luke Lindell | October 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The attorney to Hire!!
Bruce Rivers was truly a blessing. I was looking at 3 felony charges caring a 10+ year sentence. Bruce worked with me and state prosecutor and we resolved the Domestic abuse case and I received minimum fines and no jail or prison. I'm grateful to have met and worked with such a power house of an attorney!
Posted by Kristina Paul | October 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
My fiancé and I had an amazing experience at one of the toughest times in our life. Confronted with domestic abuse charges and feeling defeated we turned to Bruce. He battled through for us never giving up or into the unfair and unjust outcome the prosecutors wanted. We are thankful for him and his services.
Posted by Eric | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always available
I would highly recommend Bruce. I was in a sticky assault case based on he said she said. Bruce was able to pick out the relevant pieces and give me a solid case. He did a good job of keeping things honest and was absolutely available when I needed him, including weekends. There wasn’t one time he didn’t answer my call! I was also impressed with his skill at trial, it was clear he’s very good at his job. In the end I was acquitted on all charges, his results with me speak for themself.
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Posted by Dan | May 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
THANK YOU FOR THE CONSULT
I called Bruce for a consult about getting my car out of impound and he did 3 main things, put my mind at ease, tell me a step by step, and helped me out. 10/10 very good and professional service
Posted by Kaylee | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me get justice from my abuser!
Bruce is amazing. My step mom filed a harassment order on me because I posted a video of her hitting me on TikTok in response of her making many TikToks and post about me. She said some of the most craziest things and was being very slanderous. Because of Bruce, that harassment order was denied!!! An amazing man! A very good person as well!
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Posted by Niko | October 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A man of Integrity
I was so impressed by his transparency and honesty regarding the laws. He was straight to business no-nonsense. Highly recommended for those that need the best and proper representation. A man of integrity and believes in fostering and deligating the right and fair kind of support and justice.
Posted by Shaun | October 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man got me My life back
First off I want to say thank you to Bruce and everyone at the Rivers Law Firm. You fought for and got my life back as if it was your own, and for that no words will ever do it justice, and I mean this with all my heart. I was charged with 2nd degree murder, 2nd degree manslaughter, and 1st degree assualt. He handled my case with such passion, elegance and grace. He is expertly knowledgeable, his preparation and presentation were top quality, and it all showed on the dance floor, so to speak. I was acquitted of all charges after a 1 hour deliberation. I would without a doubt recommend this man to anyone. He was very good about getting back to me when I had questions, and believe me I had my fair share. He once told me after I vented on him one day "I'm not just your lawyer, I'm also you psychiatrist". When you have to trust your life in the hands of another man, the gentler the better, and from this day forward I will thank god for just how gentle his were.....
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Posted by Amber | March 25, 2015
Best criminal defense attorney
Thank you Bruce Rivers, Kelly Wilson and Jessica for all the hard work you put into my case and won! I will forever hold a special place in my heart for you!!
Posted by Lindsey | November 20, 2014
Experienced Defense Lawyer
Bruce Rivers is very experienced and knows what he's doing, and has a great staff to back him too. He doesn't always get back to you right away, but know that your case is being worked on and is in good hands.
Posted by Liz | November 20, 2014
Great experience
Bruce has been nothing but kind, helpful, comforting, and informative through the whole process with me. But most importantly he showed great results, more than I ever would have expected. Thank you Bruce for everything you have done for me, I will highly recommend you to anyone that may need your help, and of course if I need it again.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Thank you Rivers Law Firm!
I want to thank Bruce Rivers and his staff for making a very serious charge not so serious. I would not have been able to obtain such a great outcome without you, your experience, intelligence and expertise!! Thank you!
Posted by Kevin | November 20, 2014
best lawyer ever
He has represented me and my family on a few different things. It was a great outcome on all of the cases I would recommend him to everyone.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rivers Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Augsburg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Anderson
  • Acquital
  • State v. Hanson
  • Acquittal
  • State v. Johnson
  • Acquittal
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Trial Specialist
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criiminal Defense Lawyers
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Board Certified Specialist
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • top trial lawyer
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Board Member
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • 2013
  • Board Member
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AVVO Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2012
  • Criminal Law Specialist
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • KSTP Ch. 5 Commentary
  • Amy Senser Trial
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Bruce
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rivers is a very knowledgeable and highly regarded defense attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Several years ago, I referred a client to Bruce who had become involved in an unfortunate event involving alcohol. Bruce did an admirable job of representing the individual through the criminal court proceedings. I highly recommend Mr. Rivers' services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Rivers as I know him to be a passionate advocate for his clients and a tenacious opponent in the courtroom. I have been privileged to work with Mr. Rivers on numerous criminal trials. Mr. Rivers' character, experience, and knowledge of the law is very effective in achieving favorable results for his clients."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Minneapolis Criminal defense Lawyer Bruce Michael Rivers
Bruce Michael Rivers
Criminal defense Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 26 years
Virtual consultation available