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  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
  3. Business: 33%


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  • Brittney Orin Ackerman

    I endorse John Fossum. I have worked various companion cases with John, and he is thorough and experienced. John has significant criminal defense experience, both in state and federal courts. John is able to quickly identify pertinent issues and I have seen him successfully challenge warrants, probable cause, and the admissibility of damaging evidence.


    Brittney Ackerman Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Joshua Sabert Lowther

    I have read Mr. Fossum's contributions regarding federal criminal matters with great interest. He is very knowledgeable in this area of law, and his answers to questions involving matters of federal crime are not only insightful, but practical. I commend his obvious ability and highly recommend him for anyone who needs a federal criminal defense lawyer.


    Joshua Lowther Federal crime Attorney
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MNAuthorized to practice199307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Board Certified Specialist - Criminal LawMinnesota State Bar Association2012
Paul Harris FellowshipRotary International2011
Feature article on public defense in MinnesotaMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Practitioner FacultyUniversity of Phoenix Online2003 - Present
AttorneyFossum Law Office, LLC2008 - 2014
Justice AdvisorAfghanistan Justice Sector Support Program2007 - 2008
PartnerLundblad, Fossum & Zrimsek, LLP2001 - 2006
Part-Time Assistant District Public DefenderThird District Public Defender, State of Minnesota1996 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of MinnesotaN/A2012 - Present
International Criminal BarN/A2006 - Present
Rice County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A1993 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 5th District Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association AssemblyCriminal Law Section Delegate2010 - 2011
Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislative CommitteeMember2010 - 2011
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionChair2009 - 2010
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionVice-Chair2008 - 2009
Association of Defence Counsel ICTYMember, Post-Tribunal Committee2007 - 2007
Association of Defence Counsel ICTYN/A2007 - 2014
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Indigent Defense CommitteeVice-Chair1997 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1996 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. GhinterAcquitted
State v. LarsonAcquitted
State v. QuinnellSentencing Appeal, Downward Departure affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
African News JournalFirst Sudan Case advances in the International Criminal Court2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Macalester CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Beyond Africa, The Future of the International Criminal CourtInternational Criminal Court Defense Function2014
International Criminal Law, Promise and PracticeHistory and Overview of International Criminal Law2013
Overview of the International Criminal CourtVictims Participation and Procedure at the International Criminal Court2011
Introduction to Law Office Managment for Moroccan LawyersLaw Office Management2011
Minnesota State Bar Association, Human Rights CommitteeInternational Criminal Law and Victim's Representation2010
International Criminal Law ConferenceHistory and Overview of War Crimes2010
"Children & Human Trafficking: Providing Legal Perspectives from Immigration, Criminal, and Child Advocates"Human Trafficking Crimes2010
Northfield Lions ClubBringing the Rule of Law to Afghanistan2009
Foreign Service Officers AssociationCorruption and reconstruction in Afghanistan2009
Northfield Rotary ClubBringing the Rule of Law to Afghanistan2008
Minnesota Public Defenders Annual ConferenceDefending the Meth Lab Case2003
Annual ConferenceLegislative Updates2003
Annual ConferenceLegislative Update, Ethics2002
Annual ConferenceCase Handling Tips2001
Annual ConferenceContract Update2000