Robert M. Speeter

Robert M. Speeter has over 30 years of experience as a thoughtful attorney practicing in a variety of areas and concentrating on criminal law, chemical dependency crimes, and personal injury.

Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota as an accounting major in 1981. He earned his law degree at Hamline University School of Law in 1984. At Hamline, Bob was selected to the Hamline Law Review based on his writing skills, published an article in the Hamline Law Review, and was elected and served as Operations Editor of theHamline Law Review.

Bob was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1984. He is also admitted in the United States District Court for Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Court of Claims. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Subsequent to passing the Minnesota Bar Exam, Bob also passed the Minnesota CPA exam in 1986 and obtained his state certificate as a Certified Public Accountant. Although Bob chose not to undertake a two-year internship to become a licensed CPA, his knowledge of financial matters gives him a distinct advantage in cases where financial matters are at issue.

Within a few years, Bob’s practice evolved into a primary concentration upon criminal defense serious personal injury and wrongful death. Bob believes strongly in seeing the best in all people and handling cases in a manner that communicates that vision to the opposition, jury and judge.

A few highlights from Bob’s 25+ year career include:

  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, recognizing Robert Speeter as one of the top Trial Lawyers in America.
  • Successfully brought the lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to implement ignition interlock in Minnesota which has made thousands of individuals that have had their licenses revoked and cancelled for alcohol violations eligible to drive legally.  City Pages “A Kinder, Gentler DWI”
  • Successfully defended attempted murder case to jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity for first time in Minnesota in 17 years.
  • Resolution of hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases in state and federal court from simple DUI to first degree murder.
  • Recent successful personal injury suit resulting in a settlement of well over $1,000,000.
  • Successful suit with member Patrick Johnson to stop expulsion of high school senior for marijuana use cited as one of the “Lawsuits of the Year” by Minnesota Law and Politics,Dec /Jan 2004 issue.
  • Written many briefs and argued cases before Minnesota Supreme Court and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully brought an historic preservation suit to stop demolition of The State Theatre, which ultimately was the catalyst to the revitalization of the theatre district in Minneapolis.

ADMISSIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

Minnesota
U.S. District Court – Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Claims
Hennepin County Bar Association

EDUCATION

Hamline University School of Law
(J.D., 1984)
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business
(B.S., 1981)

HONORS

Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Felony Defense
Murder
Vehicular Homicide
Criminal Vehicular Operation
Terroristic Threats
Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Criminal Sexual Conduct
Controlled Substance Crime
Felony DWI/DUI
Theft/Forgery
White Collar Crimes
Criminal Misdemeanor Defense
DWI/DUI
Domestic Assault/ Assault
Disorderly Conduct
Driving after Revocation
Driving after Cancellation
Theft
Violation of Order for Protection
Vehicle and Property Forfeiture/License Reinstatement
Ignition Interlock
Rehabilitation Requirements
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Head injury
School Law
Defending School Expulsion
Defending School Discipline
Minor Consumption Consequences
Chemical Dependency Issues
Weapons Violations