Andrew H. Mohring


Andrew is known for his creativity, imagination and tenacity.  He is dogged in his pursuit of justice for his clients, who have come from all walks of life, from multinational corporations to the indigent.  He excels at finding unexpected truths about clients and cases and bringing them to life, inside and outside the courtroom.  His deep experience extends from jury trials in the District of Minnesota, to appeals to the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

“Advocacy is both professional and personal.  I have spent my life working for the downtrodden, the dispossessed, the underdog.  It has been my profession and my passion to give voice to the lives and experiences of my clients, and to use my creativity and ingenuity to vindicate their interests and guide their paths through the law.”


Andrew Mohring has been a civil rights trial lawyer for 28 years, as an Assistant Federal Defender in the District of Minnesota, and then as the First Assistant of that office.  He has a reputation for finding creative and unanticipated approaches to complex cases, and for thorough and thoughtful presentation of complicated legal and factual issues, in court, on trial and on appeal.  His deep experience includes trials and district and appellate litigation in cases reaching the highest stakes.  He has deep experience with and understanding of federal and state agencies, government, investigations and the interactions among them.

Andrew’s cases include fraud, tax, money laundering, securities, public corruption and other white collar crimes, as well as treaty, national security and cybersecurity cases, and cases involving immigration, weapons, drug, homicide, and other charges.  He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota, focusing on federal criminal law, corporate and white collar crime.  He writes and speaks locally and nationally on federal criminal practice topics.

In addition, Andrew is deeply involved in the legal and extended communities.  He is an active member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the ABA Task Force on Discovery Standards.  He sits on the board of Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, of which he has twice been the chair, and is a past member and the president of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Network Board of Advisors.

In earlier years, Andrew was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of O’Melveny and Myers, and a law clerk to Hon. James M. Rosenbaum, U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota.  He is a past consultant to the National Academy of Sciences on natural resource issues.  He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member and editor of the California Law Review. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Minnesota, California, and Washington, D.C.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Selected Case Results

United States v. Fred Tibbetts, United States v. Michael Brown:Trial and appellate counsel representing Anishinabe tribal elders in criminal Lacey Act prosecutions alleging unlawful walleye fishing.  Using the 1837, 1842 and 1854 Treaties, obtained dismissal of all charges at the District Court level, and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal at the Eighth Circuit.

United States v. Papa Faal: Trial counsel representing decorated U.S. Army veteran in a Neutrality Act prosecution for his involvement in the attempted overthrow of a West African dictator.  Obtained a departure to a sentence of time served, and successful modifications and reduction of terms of supervision.

United States v. RLC and Johnson v. United States: Participated in the successful representation of clients at the U.S. Supreme Court, in cases establishing the unconstitutionality of widely-used federal sentencing enhancements and limitations on federal sentences of juveniles.

United States v. Rodriguez: Co-counsel in the post-conviction representation of a federal death penalty case.  Lead counsel in investigation and litigation of juror misconduct claims.

United States v. Lussier: Lead counsel in the murder trial and battered woman-based acquittal.

United States v. Weise: Trial and appellate counsel.  Obtained acquittal of first degree murder charge and conviction of lesser included offense.

United States v. Sherwood: Successful 8th Circuit appellate challenge to court-ordered conditions of supervision.

Case results were obtained while Andrew was at the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota.

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.


  • Fellow, the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Outstanding Service to the Profession Attorney of the Year Award by Minnesota Lawyer (2017)
  • MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Community Service

Pro Bono Activities

Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, 2001 – 2009, 2013 – Present: Member of Board of Directors, and Board Chair, 2004-2005, 2015-2016

Chair Election Judge, Hennepin County, Minnesota, 1998 – Present

Hennepin County Bar Foundation, 2003 – 2013: Member of Board of Directors, and President, 2011-2012

Volunteer Lawyers Network Board of Advisors, 2005 – 2010

St. Paul Academy and Summit School Board of Trustees Diversity Subcommittee, 1999-2001

St. Paul Academy and Summit School Parent Diversity Committee, 1997 – 2008

U.S. Dep’t of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training: Member, Delegation to Indonesia, Washington, D.C. and Jakarta, Indonesia 2003. Developed and presented conference on the investigation and prosecution of complex fraud and public corruption cases to Indonesian prosecutors, police and judges.

10,000 Things Theater Company, 1994 – 2000: Member of Board of Directors

Cambodia Refugee Project, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, 1991: Member and Interviewer

National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, 1989 – 1992: Consultant to Committee evaluating the hazardous materials program of the Bureau of Land Management. Researched, drafted and edited sections of NAS/NRC report to the House Committee on the Interior.

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, 1987 – 1989: Attorney. Represented homeless clients in Social Security Administration benefits proceedings.  Advised N Street Village Shelter on legal and procedural issues.

Legal Community

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018-Present: Member Board of Directors

Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2016-Present

American Bar Association: Task Force on Discovery Standards, 2014 – Present

District of Minnesota Re-Entry Court, 2015 – 2017

District of Minnesota Federal Practice Committee: Member (2010-2015) and Chair of Criminal Rules Subcommittee (2012-2015)

District of Minnesota Magistrate Judge Appointment Merit Selection Panel, 2014

Sealed Documents Committee and Working Groups, 2009 – 2013

District of Minnesota Court Security Committee, 2007 – 2017

Committee to Revise District of Minnesota Speedy Trial Act Plan, 2007 – 2008

Case Management/Electronic Case Management Advisory Committee, 2002 – 2004


  • District of Minnesota Adopts New Local Rule Governing the Sealing and Unsealing of Documents in Criminal Cases, Federal Bar Association Bar Talk, September, 2015.
  • New Local Rule Addresses Criminal Pretrial Motion PracticeFederal Bar Association Bar Talk, December, 2014.
  • Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines 4th Ed. Aspen Law and Business 2003.  (Editor, Chapter 5 (Departures)).
  • The Recusal and Substitution of Judges – A Boon to the Defense? Westlaw Online Journal, December 27, 1995.
  • Government “Star Witness” May Face Much Less Time than Advertised Westlaw Online Journal, October 26, 1995.
  • Hazardous Materials on the Public Lands National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, National Academy Press 1992.


  • Corporate and White Collar Crime.
    Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 2006 – present.
  • White Collar Crime.
    Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 2003-2008.
  • Can We Reform Plea Bargaining?
    University of Minnesota, Robina Institute 2015.
  • Investigation and Prosecution of White Collar, Fraud and Public Corruption Cases.
    Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecution Development Education and Training Presentation to Prosecutors, Judges and Police. Jakarta, Indonesia, December 2003.
  • Using Technology to Strengthen Your Sentencing Advocacy.
    Sentencing Workshop for Federal Defenders and CJA Panel Attorneys. Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2001.
  • Investigating, Preparing and Trying Computer Cases.
    Co-Presenter, Advanced Seminar for Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys. Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2001.
  • Representing Grand Jury Witnesses.
    Presentation, Hennepin County Public Defender Training Session. Hinkley, Minnesota, November 2000.
  • “Contract with America” Crime Bill.
    Presentation, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 1995.
  • What State Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Federal Court.
    Presentation, Minnesota Public Defenders Training Session, Two Harbors, Minnesota. September 1991.
  • Issues of Overlapping Prosecutions in Federal and State Courts.
    Joint Presentation, 26th Annual Criminal Justice Institute. August 1991.
  • District of Minnesota Federal Defender Seminars
    CLE presentations to Criminal Justice Act Panel and other criminal practitioners one to two times per year since 1989.