Dave Risk

Dave Risk

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney

"I would recommend you in a heartbeat." M.T.

Dave Risk has earned a reputation for excellence as a criminal defense attorney through his aggressive representation of thousands of clients since 1999. Dave has represented people charged with all types of crimes ranging from misdemeanor driving offenses to multiple counts of first-degree murder.

Dave began his career as a public defender in Ramsey County after graduating seventh in his law school class. After only two years he began teaching classes to other defense attorneys on the best practices in DWI defense as well as other criminal defense topics.

In 2005 Dave joined a private criminal defense law firm where he focused much of his work on DWI and Implied Consent cases. With the opportunity of private practice Dave was able to spend significant time learning the science and technology necessary to defend criminal cases. As an example, he is one of only a handful of attorneys in the State of Minnesota who has been certified as an operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN as well as the DataMaster DMT-G (the breath testing machine currently in use in Minnesota).

Dave became a Partner at Halberg Criminal Defense in early 2013.  Since that time he has spent more of his time defending high profile Criminal Sexual Conduct cases and helping other clients whose cases have garnered significant media attention.  Dave is particularly skilled at finding novel legal issues and successfully litigating those issues through his powerful cross-examination skills. As a result, his peers have named him a “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” twelve times. He is also the past President of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, a group consisting of the State’s top 50 DWI Defense Attorneys.

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