Dan Homstad Defense LLC
Criminal Defense, Family & Juvenile Law


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Trial Lawyer, owner

Dan Homstad

Dan Homstad represents clients charged with serious felony and misdemeanor crimes, DWI and Implied Consent matters, and juvenile court delinquency and child protection matters. Dan’s experience, commitment, and extensive litigation experience sets him apart from many lawyers in the criminal defense arena.

Dan received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He then received his law degree from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota where he excelled as a student. Dan was an editor for the Hamline Law Review and recognized on the Dean’s List.

Dan has practiced criminal law for more than 23 years. After law school, Dan started his career in the public sector. He began as a staff attorney at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office (Minneapolis, MN) where he represented indigent defendants charged with the most serious crimes including homicide, sexual assault, child pornography, and economic crimes. Dan then moved to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (Minneapolis, MN). As a prosecutor, Dan was assigned to major felony divisions where he continued to litigate serious criminal trials and issues. Dan was lead counsel in over 150 jury trials and 200 bench trials during his career as a prosecutor and public defender.

Dan is a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) board certified criminal law specialist. To become a certified specialist, an attorney must complete a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review, and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill, and integrity in their specific field. Specialization has been achieved by fewer than 3 percent of all licensed Minnesota attorneys.

Dan's experience as an advocate on both sides of the criminal justice system provides him with the ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of serious criminal cases; the knowledge to intelligently attack any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case; and the courtroom skills necessary to take advantage of this knowledge and experience for the benefit of his clients charged with serious crimes.

Dan is also a published novelist, a baseball enthusiast, a Civil War buff, an avid gardener and landscaper, as well as an active member of the National Ski Patrol.

Let Dan put his savviness and experience to work for you. 



Juris Doctor, 1993

B.A., Political Science, 1990


• Criminal Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Activities & Affiliations

• Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
• Minnesota State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

• Minnesota State and Federal Courts

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