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Virginia Barron

Criminal defense Attorney at Westbrook, MN

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Ginny Barron, Virginia Marie Barron


Licensed for 16 years

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About Virginia

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Ginny grew up in North Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School.  She got her undergraduate Degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a major in Political Science with a focus in Law and Politics and a minor in Sociology: Law, Criminology, and Deviance. While at the University of Minnesota Ginny was a Dean’s List recipient. She then pursued her legal education at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where she graduated and was also a Dean’s List recipient.

 

While at William Mitchell she was accepted as a member of the Warren E. Burger Inns of Court, a group of lawyers, judges, legal educators, and others aimed to promote excellence in legal advocacy within the courts. Ginny also participated in the Moot Court Trial Competition, and focused her studies on trial work and skills by taking multiple clinics and trial advocacy courses.  During law school Ginny worked as a certified student attorney with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office for almost two years where she appeared and represented the City of Minneapolis in the Community and Serious Traffic Arraignment Courtrooms under the student practice rules. Ginny also worked for the firm Dorsey & Whitney in the conflicts department for over four years and did a clerkship with the Honorable Timothy K. Connell – Judge of District Court after graduating law school. She was admitted to the bar in 2006 and remains in good standing.

 

Ginny now practices in the areas of criminal defense and family law; two areas that typically require significant advocacy in the courtroom. She is a current member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Minnesota State Bar Association, where she has held the offices of Vice President and President of the Minnesota State Bar Association – 13th District. She has also been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association – 13th District Ethics Committee since 2008. She has volunteered her time as a mock trial coach as well as a mock trial judge and is a current member of the Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court Team.

She is a current member of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove School Board as well as a member of the physician recruitment committee with Sanford Westbrook. In 2010 Ginny established the Westbrook Legal Self Help Center and continues to run the program where she provides free legal advice and consultation one day a month to those people who represent themselves in the court process. She will review paperwork and legal documents with individuals and ensure that things are properly filled out and answer legal questions about the process and what one can expect. She believes that part of her ethical duty is to help all people, and has found this a rewarding way to help in a limited capacity those who may not be financially able to retain the services of an attorney.

 

Ginny currently resides in Westbrook with her husband and three children.

Client's Choice 2016
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Licensed for 16 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/29/2022

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

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Virginia Barron
642 7th Street
Po Box 254
Westbrook, MN, 56183

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Client's Choice 2016
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Virginia received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2016
Posted by Jeff | December 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great representation, you won’t be disappointed!
Ginny was thorough, reliable and communicable throughout my entire case. She went above and beyond meeting with my wife and I on a Saturday afternoon to go over my case discovery, heard everything we had to say and addressed it whether in or out of court. She asked all the right questions, said all of the right things to assure us, and definitely stood her ground for us in court. Would highly recommend and would definitely use her again if ever needed!
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Posted by Amanda | December 22, 2021
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Detail Oriented, Professional, Dilligent
Virginia "Ginny" Barron is by far the best attorney I have had. I have hired attorneys in the past for other matters, and also dealt with numerous public defenders, and I can confidently state that I feel Ginny is the only lawyer that has had my best interest in mind and been in my corner 100% of the time. She was assigned to me through the public defenders office for an otherwise messy case, and proved to be not only professional, but over-the-top detailed. When dealing with her, I felt that she actually cared about my best interest and made sure I understood everything that was going on in trial beginning to end. I would hands down recommend her for any case you are dealing with. Furthermore, any questions I had she responded with information to help me understand in a very timely manner. She is definitely someone you want in your corner fighting for you!
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Posted by Tracy | December 22, 2021
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My court appointed attorney
I would just like to say that as my court appointed attorney Virginia (Jenny) Barron surprised me as I wasn’t sure what to expect. She went out of her way to read my medical records, get letters from my doctor and even contacted an expert in COPD which was the main part of my case. She kept in contact with me and returned calls as with Covid my case took a very long time. This wasn’t expected on my end and was very grateful to have gotten her as my attorney.
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Posted by Jeremy | June 4, 2019
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Compassionate and Down to Earth
I was arrested and charged with both felony and misdemeanor charges. Even though i had no previous criminal history, the situation appeared bleak as I could certainly have faced jail time if convicted. While it was improbable i would be able to have both charges dropped; I was fortunate enough to have had Ginny assigned as my public defender. Ginny went through all the evidence with me and did a phenomenal job of keeping me informed as the case continued. The characteristic i appreciated the most when working with Ginny was that she always told me the truth, even if the truth was something i didn't want to hear. Throughout the entire process Ginny was hardworking and optimistic. On the day of my hearing she was both honest and supportive when speaking with my family and comforting my extremely stressed father. In the end Ginny went above and beyond and was actually able to get both the felony and the misdemeanor charges dropped. Thank you Ginny, your hard work and sense of humor are greatly appreciated!
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2019
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Kind, knowledgeable and prepared!
I hired Ginny after being contacted by a detective, indicating I may be charged with a felony. She quickly assessed the situation, reassured me and helped me thru the interrogation process. No charges were filed but I’m certainly glad she was there to assist me.
Posted by Keith | January 27, 2019
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Highly Recommended
After being arrested on a felony charge, Ginny was recommended to me by a friend. With only days before the probable cause hearing, I called her and left a message for her to contact me. She did so within 24 hours. After explaining my charges, she informed me she could help but would need a retainer to continue. As I could not come up with the full amount immediately, she was considerate enough to accept a substantial down payment and worked with me to pay off the balance that fit my budget. Due to her hard work and timely response, she was able to recuse the assigned judge, move my case to a more favorable court, and come to an agreement with the prosecutor on a plea agreement that avoided a probable cause hearing. It also resulted in me only having to go to court once to finalize the agreement. I feel the plea agreement she was able to negotiate was in my best interest and prevented a trial by jury which very possibly could have resulted in jail time and a very stiff fine. Though I still had to pay a nominal fine, and need to be on probation for a few years, the result will be a felony charge that will be dismissed after completion of probation. Because of her hard work, she saved me countless hours I could have lost from work, and probably saved my job. I highly recommend Ginny. I would use her again, but see no reason why that need should ever arise. Not for a criminal charge anyway. Thank you Ginny.
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Posted by Alex | January 21, 2019
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Recommend this lawyer
I hired Ginny to represent me in a felony matter she explained everything to me and what I was looking at even tho we thought my case was messed up she negotiated a deal so I wouldn't have to sit any time I definitely recommend her with any charges you would have she is an awesome lawyer and will fight for you till she can't any more
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Posted by Brian | June 27, 2018
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Highly Recommend
I was in need of legal help in the spring of 2018 for a dui charge that I had gotten. This was my first legal trouble and was very upsetting as to what was going on. Ginny calmly explained things to me and did her best to make a bad situation a bit easier to go through. Ginny thoroughly looked all the evidence over and decided on the best coarse of action to follow, then ultimately gave me the chioce of what we do. We then proceeded and she worked out the best possible agreement with the court and made things as easy on me as possible. She definitely knows what she is doing and I would highly recommend her services !!
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Posted by Dave | May 4, 2018
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Knowledgeable, Passionate, Spitfire of an Attorney!
If you are in need of a top notch attorney to handle your criminal case, your choice should be Ginny! I was facing felony charges and she took the time to explain each charge and the case steps along the way. Ginny kept me in the loop as developments occurred. She was prompt in returning my calls. She is a skilled negotiator and understands how to get things done. She is honest, direct and tenacious but will treat you with respect and care. She was able to get me to laugh at times when I was feeling very low and needed a boost. Go to her website and read the "Firm Philosophy". Every word stated is accurate to what I experienced as we navigated through my case. In my situation, I am confident it was her hard work and knowledge of the legal system, which got my charges down to lowest possible charge and saved me from a sentence in jail/prison (and from losing my job). She will leave no stone unturned to work your case to provide the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Ginny. Though I hope I won't need her expertise again, without any hesitation, I would enlist her as my attorney in the future!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2018
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Highly Recommend!
Ginny was my 3rd attorney that I hired in my family case over a 7 year period. I wish I had been referred to her years ago. Her sincere interest in my case was refreshing. It was nice to have timely responses to my emails and my phone calls, sometimes within minutes. She never made me feel like I was a bother unlike my past experiences with other attorneys. Ginny is easy to talk to and when she says she is going to get something done, she does it. I have never seen an attorney work so hard, so efficiently and handle every situation so well. Her advice and guidance helped shape my case into a much stronger one. She always kept in contact and kept me informed of everything. I was amazed as how she followed up on my case until it was resolved. In the past, I was the one following up and often received no clear answers or no answers at all. Ginny was kind, caring, always kept me informed of every aspect of my case and gave me the advice that I needed. Ginny truly cares about her clients and fights for what is important to them. In the courtroom she was incredibly prepared, very detailed and professional. She doesn't make false promises and tells it like it is. When you choose an attorney, sometimes you are literally putting your life in their hands. I trusted Ginny then, and I would trust her again today. Ginny was dedicated and determined on what needed to be done. Needless to say… We WON! I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Melissa | August 3, 2017
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What all Attorneys should aspire to
When I first met Ginny, I was distraught and had come to the lowest point in my life. I had lost the will to live and then found myself in a serious legal issue. Although the outcome is still pending, the fact this wonderful human being treated me with care and compassion and not a criminal helped begin my journey to healing. Virginia once told me after I explained how shocked I was about how much she was trying to help me, "I'm just doing my job!" What she does however is go far above and beyond her job and I am a blessed human being to have Virginia help me through this devastating process. I am grateful for God putting her in my path and for the positive affect it has had on my life. I've been able to get help for my struggles and today I am in a far better place. Virginia truly cares and that's something you can't fake. God bless her.
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Posted by Caleb | May 3, 2017
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Excellent lawyer to work with
She was very thorough throughout her investigation process, when we went to talk to the sheriffs office and did not leave any stone unturned. Very knowledgeable with the law. and also very prompt with returning phone calls.
Posted by Tyson | November 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
When faced with my first DUI charge, Ginny helped not only to explain each the charges against me, but also the seriousness of each charge and chances of getting it dismissed in court. I chose to go for a plea bargain, and she managed to get the charge dropped down to a mere reckless driving. If you're looking for legal help, Ginny is worth every cent and more.
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Posted by Thany | November 7, 2016
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Passionate and empathetic
Being a third time DWI offender I was overwhelmed with emotions about the possible outcome. Contacting Ginny after I was release was one of the best decisions of made. She provided clairity with regards to the law and guidence to what I needed to do get my license back. I had no issues communicating via phone, text or email. She did not promise me anything but I felt at ease knowing that she was handling my case.
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Posted by Corey | September 20, 2016
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Simply the best
I needed an attorney to help me with a complex DUI case. It was going to be a little tricky since I do not reside in Minnesota. I had contacted several attorney's that either did not return my call, or did not answer me back. When I contacted Virginia, she called me back within an hour and agreed to consult me on the phone, free of charge, about my case. I didn't want an attorney to tell me what I wanted to hear. Virginia was up front and honest, but was pleasant to put your nerves at ease. I could tell in the short time I talked to her, Virginia was genuinely concerned and helpful for my case. After I retained Virginia, and she had more information, she was very responsive and communicated to me from beginning to end solutions and strategies on how we should proceed. I count my blessings that I didn't go with another attorney because Virginia negotiated the best outcome I could have recieved. She also worked hard for a quicker resolution since I was home for my father's funeral and this would help me financially to alleviate future travel expenses and missing work. I'm grateful for her. If anyone is reading this should know, take it from me, hire Virginia for any type of case you may be involved in. You will have an attorney and the peace of mind knowing you have someone who will negotiate and fight hard for you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2016
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Blessed with the best
This review for Virginia took me about two years to post simply because there aren't words that can describe the superb work this woman has put into my case. Virginia handled my first firearm charge in 2013 and together we fought the case until early 2015 when the prosecuter finally dropped the charges. The way she listened and took everything I had to say into consideration was unbelievable because she was an appointed attorney who worked like she was being paid . She picked up almost every phone call and if she didnt she always returned them as soon as she can. Having her handle my case was a blessing she treated me like a human being and assured me that whether we win or lose she will put up a fight . She believed in my innocence and that's a critical part of having someone as your lawyer . She's a beast in the court rooms and if you ever need a dependable lawyer who's got your back all the way without hesitation then she's your girl. A fair fight where justice is really served. Can't thank you enough Virginia.
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Posted by Carly | June 29, 2016
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Highly recommend
Ginny is an extraordinary attorney. She went above and beyond to meet my needs , she was always prompt and knowledgable on anything and everything I brought to her. She consistently provided me with updated information regarding my case, gave me exceptional advice on what was most beneficial for my case. She always responded to my concerns or questions in a timely manner, even on weekends. I truly felt that while my case was in her hands that I was being taken care of and well looked after. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal advice, she's the best!
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Posted by Coral | May 11, 2016
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Great lawery!!!
I am so lucky to have been appointed Jenny Barron through the courts to be my lawery. She fought so very hard for me and was always there to give me feedback on what was going on with my case. She helped me be able to live my life again. I thank God for having her as my lawery everyday.
Posted by Brittany | April 20, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
The best!!! Need a lawyer?? Chose this one!
Ginny is a VERY hard working lawyer! She does everything in her power to make sure your case is won! This woman goes above and beyond for you! She is very firm and makes sure to get what she wants! Whenever I get myself in a situation no doubt about it she's the first one I call!. Wonderful lady here!!!
Posted by Doug | April 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend
I found myself in need of 2 attorneys for felony offenses. Ginny was recommended to me from an attorney in another state. After our initial consultation, I knew that I had found the best. She proved this many times throughout the months that she worked for me. Ginny followed through on her promise to keep me informed promptly and the lines of communication with her were flawless. I saw Ginny at her Best on the day of our final hearing. I still had some concerns regarding a provision in the plea agreement. Ginny had listened to me regarding this and prepared well. On our day in court, Ginny was already there arranging a meeting with The Judge, D.A., and our 2nd attorney who had Not listened and had resigned to the plea agreement. I will never forget the smile on her face as she was finally able to round them all up and led them back to the Judges chambers for her battle. Ginny came out with the outcome I had hoped for even against a very stubborn District Attorney. I can't emphasize enough how highly I think of her and her abilities! Ginny's knowledge, advice and work ethic are immeasurable and she always treated me with respect. If you need an attorney that will Focus on your needs, Call Ginny!
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Barron Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Part Time Assistant Public Defender
  • State Of Minnesota Board Of Public Defense
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • State of Minnesota 5th Judicial District
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Student Certified Attorney
  • Office Of The Minneapolis City Attorney
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Senior Conflicts Specialist
  • Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • 2002 - 2006
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. M.M.
  • Not guilty verdicts
  • State v. A.A.
  • Case dismissed.
  • State v. L.A.
  • Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Westbrook Walnut Grove School Board
  • School Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Westbrook Legal Self Help Center
  • Founder
  • 2010 - Present
  • Minnesota Judicial Branch Children's Justice initiative
  • Team Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 13th District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 13th District Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court
  • Team Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 13th District Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • North Star Lawyer
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Law School Public Service Program Certificate
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Crystal Meth Video Project - Westbrook Walnut Grove School District
  • Crystal Meth
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ginny is a smart and driven attorney whom I am happy to endorse. Any client would be lucky to have Ginny as their lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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