The Legal Power Of Bauer

Thomas E. Bauer


Mr. Bauer has a criminal law practice representing individuals in state and federal courts. His experience with defense includes numerous homicides, drug possession and sale, criminal sexual conduct, complex white-collar crimes, child abuse and assaults. In addition to major felony cases, Mr. Bauer has a focused emphases on DWIs.

His cases include: State v. Williams, murder one (battered woman syndrome): State v. Hanson, assault one, kidnapping, partial acquittal (court trial on insanity defense, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Vietnam vet, hostage-taking at the Minneapolis airport); In re: TW, arson one dismissal (Juvenile defendant who confessed to the arson of the $90 million Norwest Bank/Donaldson’s fire, the largest arson case in Minnesota history); United States v. Michaeloff, federal white collar crime, (Budget Travel multimillion dollar bust-out scheme); State v. Hennessey, forgery, DWI (dismissal of felony in which postal worker allegedly forged and filed his own death certificate with the court to escape multiple DWI convictions); 90 plus count charges in Black Tie Limousine case (federal money laundering allegations, largest outcall prostitution enterprise in the state as reported by the press). His practice includes precharge representation of state and federal criminal matters with the purpose of stopping the charging process or eliminating charges in advance. Mr. Bauer has been a speaker on criminal law topics for The Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, The Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice and at the Criminal Justice Institute and the Minnesota Continuing Education Institute. He was an instructor at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Police School and an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and lecturer at Hamline University College of Law. He is a graduate of the technical training courses as a certified operator of the Intoxilyzer (Minnesota's alcohol testing device) and enjoys attacking the credibility of these very fallible machines. He has extensive training on Minnesota's new alcohol testing machine, DATAMASTER.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Misdemeanors
  • Homicide
  • Traffic Offenses

Current Employment Positions

  • Member

Past Positions

  • Hennepin County Attorney, Assistant County Attorney, 1974 to 1980
  • Hennepin County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 1980 to 1983
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1974 to 1980
  • U.S. Army, 1966 to 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1990

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Minnesota County Attorney's Association, Past Lobbyist
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, Past Member


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1971
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Environmental Essay Award
  • International Association of Arson Investigators Distinguished Service

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Director, 1973 to 1974
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct Law enactment volunteer work
  • Animal Law Committee, MN Bar Association
  • Ms. America & Mrs. America Pageant judge in both Minnesota and Arkansas

Classes / Seminars

  • Trial Skills, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Speaker, Criminal Law, The Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Speaker, Criminal Law, The Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice
  • Speaker, Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Institute
  • Speaker, Criminal Law, Minnesota Continuing Education Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Lecturer, Hamline University College of Law
  • Instructor, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Police School
  • Lecturer, International Association of Arson Investigators

Representative Clients

  • Mr. Bauer represents government attorneys and private practice attorneys, law enforcement officers, political officials, professional athletes, business leaders, and radio and entertainment figures.

Representative Cases

  • State v. Williams
  • State v. Hanson
  • In re: TW
  • United States v. Michaeloff
  • State v. Hennessey