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Andy Birrell, '81 Sworn in as Treasurer of Nation's Criminal Defense Bar

Thursday, August 20, 2020  
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Andy Birrell

Andrew S. Birrell, '81, President of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, was sworn in for a second consecutive two-year term as the Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association's annual meeting on August 15, 2020.

His law firm website can be found HERE.

Andy has long been part of the leadership of the organization, currently serving under NACDL President Nina Ginsberg, '78!

From the NACDL press release:

"Birrell is the Senior Partner of Birrell Law Firm, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers—an honor limited to the top 1% of lawyers in the State. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He is a Life Member of NACDL and has previously served on NACDL’s Board of Directors and serves as Chair of NACDL’s Budget Committee. He is also a member of NACDL’s Executive, Audit, and Fourth Amendment Advocacy committees in addition to serving as the 8th Circuit Representative for NACDL’s Lawyers Assistance Strike Force.


Birrell was the first Chairperson of the Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Certification Board and was the first lawyer in Minnesota to be certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a Member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum. In addition to being selected a perennial Super Lawyer, he has three times been named one of Minnesota's Top 100 Super Lawyers. He is currently serving as the President of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Birrell is available to represent clients in all phases of criminal law and related matters from grand jury investigations through appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He represents clients in matters implicating the most significant and difficult white-collar criminal law matters, including those involving: RICO, money laundering, conspiracy, tax charges, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and other related allegations.


An accomplished and seasoned appellate lawyer, Birrell has argued before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the federal appeals court, and has won reversals of convictions and orders for new trials in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.


He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Antioch School of Law."



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