Notable Cases

Below is a brief description of some of the notable cases handled by Robert Richman.  His clients are identified by initials to protect their privacy. Of course, every case is unique.  We cannot predict the outcome of any future case even if it is factually similar to those described below.

United States v. M.G. (U.S. District Court)

Excessive force, perjury

M.G. was a Minneapolis police officer charged with 4 counts of using excessive force during the arrest of four individuals in two separate incidents. In addition, he was charged with multiple counts of perjury for lying in his police reports about the circumstances of the arrests, one of which was recorded on surveillance video. After a two-week trial, the jury acquitted on 6 of the 9 counts and was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining three. The government dismissed the remaining counts.

United States v. M.O. (U.S District Court)

Health care fraud

M.O was charged with operating an online pharmacy that allowed customers to order medication and controlled substances without a valid prescription. The discovery consisted of millions of pages of documents from countries around the world, and the trial went on for a month. After the government rested, the judge granted judgment of acquittal on all counts, without submitting the case to the jury.

United States v. S.A. (U.S. District Court)

Illegal firearm posession

S.A. was charged with illegal possession of a firearm after two police officers saw him stash an object in the glove compartment of his car. DNA testing found his DNA profile on the gun, with a 99.99999% confidence level. Robert worked with an expert to attack the DNA evidence and used body cam videos to prove the police were lying. The jury found him not guilty.

United States v. J.A. (U.S. District Court S. Dak.)

Federal wildlife law violation

The defendant was charged with violating federal wildlife laws by engaging in commercial fishing on an Indian Reservation. During extensive pretrial litigation, which included three separate motions to dismiss based on defects in the indictment, the government dismissed all charges.

State v. H.S. (Henn. Co. District Court)

Intent to distribute drugs

H.S. was charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, after a large quantity of marijuana and consumables were found during a search of his apartment. During pretrial litigation, Robert convinced the judge that it was unreasonable for the police to use a drug dog to sniff at the door of the defendant’s apartment. As a result, the search was suppressed, and the State dismissed the charges.

State v. L.F. (Anoka Co. District Court)

Animal abuse

L.F. was charged with abusing horses after the police seized several of his animals, which a veterinarian claimed were malnourished. After a lengthy evidentiary hearing, the judge suppressed the search of L.F.’s farm, resulting in the dismissal of all charges.

United States v. J.M (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals)

Bank Fraud

The defendant was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced to 42 months, based on a loss amount of $1.9 million. On appeal, the Court agreed there was no loss, and ordered the defendant immediately released from custody.

United States v. J.R. (Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals)

Federal wildlife law violation

Defendants were charged with violating federal wildlife laws by fishing on an Indian Reservation in violation of tribal law. The Court of Appeals affirmed the district court dismissal of the charges on the ground that treaties from 1837 gave the Native American defendants the right to fish on tribal land.

United States v. M.S. (United States District Court)

Narcotics

The defendant was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison on drug charges. Following pretrial litigation, the government agreed to a reduced charge, resulting in a sentence of probation.

United States v. V.B. (U.S. District Court)

Tax evasion, mail fraud, ERISA fraud

The defendant was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to evade taxes, mail fraud, and ERISA fraud. The charges arose from a fraudulent company payroll scheme. Among the evidence against the defendant were over 600 fraudulent checks that he had signed. Following a month long trial in federal court, the jury found the defendant not guilty of all counts.

United States v. T.W. (U.S. District Court)

Firearm possession

The defendant was charged with possession of a firearm after a gun was recovered by the Minneapolis Police during a search of his vehicle. The District Court suppressed the gun because the search was illegal and dismissed this charge.

United States v. O.J. (U.S. District Court)

Threatening a government official

The defendant was charged with threatening to kill her probation officer. Mr. Richman's analysis of cell phone records convinced the government that the defendant was innocent. The government dismissed all charges.

United States. v. K.D. (U.S. District Court)

Narcotics

The defendant was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. At sentencing, she was given a downward departure and a probationary sentence.

United States v. L.E (U.S. District Court)

Immigration law violation

The defendant was charged with illegal re-entry into the United States after deportation, a charge to which there is virtually no defense.  In pretrial litigation, Mr. Richman convinced the court that the government had held the defendant for too long in the custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Service before commencing criminal proceedings.  The court dismissed the criminal charge as a result.

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ENDORSEMENTS

Federal Judge

"You are a very fine lawyer with great skills. Lawyers with your talent and ability, especially given your approach to zealous advocacy for your clients, truly make the criminal justice system better."

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Federal Prosecutor

"I rank him among the top 5 lawyers against whom I have worked.  He is a supurb writer, an impassioned advocate, and a great trial lawyer who has worked his whole career almost exclusively in federal court."

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Client

"I have had relationships with many attorneys over the years, and Mr. Richman has one of the finest legal minds I have ever encountered — a fact which has made many of his associates refer to him as scary smart."

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Federal Defense Lawyer

"Each time Robert tried a case, the first call I got was from the presiding Judge, complementing, and sometimes even raving about his performance.  That was followed by the jury's verdict, often in Robert's favor."  

Federal Judge

 "You are an ace in the deck." 

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Client

"At the end, when the verdict came in for full acquittal of all charges, Robert was as emotionally drained as I was.  I truly believe, that if not for his unshakeable belief in my innocence, his dedication and determination to represent me to the absolute best of his abilities, I would never have walked out of that courtroom a free man."

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Federal Prosecutor

"Mr. Richman is clearly one of the best defense attorneys against whom I have litigated.  He is a tremendous advocate on behalf of his clients, both in the courtroom, and in his written work.  In the courtroom, he combines passion and zeal with an incredible attention to detail.  Whether in arguments to the court or jury, or in questioning witnesses, he invariably identifies and exploits every possible weakness in the opposing case."

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Client

"When the trial finally started, Robert was consistently the calmest, best prepared and attentive lawyer in the courtroom.  He seemed to live and breathe my case for three months."

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Federal Defense Lawyer

"I can recall at least two specific instances when Robert's intellect and creativity led to solutions that no other member of the legal team envisioned.  On these occasions, his calm influence brought others to see the wisdom of his approach and he correctly persuaded members of the legal team to adopt what turned out to be the correct path."

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Client

"Mr. Richman did a great job by proving I was innocent.  He goes out of his way to understand all circumstances in an equal manner.  He will do all what's needed to get the job done."

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Federal Prosecutor

“Boy, did you have an uphill battle.  It’s really hard to believe your client was not convicted.  You did a fabulous job.”

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Federal Judge

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"He is an effective advocate who has a reputation among my colleagues on the federal bench as being extremely bright and creative and one of our very best criminal defense attorneys."

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Client

"Mr. Richman was not just a good lawyer in representing me; he is the best lawyer that I have ever known.  Prevailing was no small task as it was the only habeas corpus proceeding of its type that was successful in Minnesota Federal District Court in about 50 years."