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My Background

Thomas P. Leavitt, Criminal Defense PLLC was founded in 2017 and since that time I have been fortunate to represent many great clients across the state of Minnesota. 

As a father and family man, I understand the seriousness that a criminal charge brings. Every single client is my most important client and it is my job to stand in their corner and fight for their rights. I am proud to be from the city of Minneapolis and a graduate of Washburn High School. As a Washburn Miller, I was the first city conference player to earn a Division I football scholarship in twenty years demonstrating my tenacity. I went on to play for University of Minnesota Golden Gophers as a tight end and defensive end. In my time on the field I developed a reputation for being a smart and aggressive football player, two traits I carry into the courtroom. I then went on to achieve my Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and my law degree from the University of St. Thomas. As someone committed to fighting inequality and injustice I chose to go into the field and pursue my role as a criminal defense attorney.

A Prestigious Education

I earned my law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. U.S. News and World Reports ranks St. Thomas as the top private law school in the state of Minnesota. In 2023, St. Thomas law school was named the #2 law school in the country for practical training by National Jurist. St. Thomas has been ranked among the top three law schools in this category since 2014. I was taught negotiations by a nationally recognized professor and achieved the “Dean’s Award” in that area. I was mentored by some of the most skilled defense attorneys in Minnesota in Earl Gray, Samuel McCloud, and Ryan Pacyga. As a practitioner with a natural feel for my adversary’s strengths and weaknesses, I do everything in my power to maximize my client’s position at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.

I have aided people across Minnesota in achieving the best possible outcomes in cases involving issues such as drug offenses, DWI, vehicle offenses, robbery, theft, and violent crimes. It is my goal to mount a solid defense and see the charges against my clients dismissed or reduced. In July of 2023, I successfully fought for a reversal at the Minnesota Court of Appeals on a First Degree Controlled Substance charge in a case that carried a presumptive decade in prison and a maximum sentence of forty years in prison.


Whether they have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense, I understand the uncertainty and fear clients are experiencing. I stand by my clients through every stage of the process, working hard to limit the stress of what may be one of the most trying experiences of their lives. Whatever level of accusation you are facing, you can rely on me to fight for your rights

In The Field


  • Admitted to the Minnesota State Supreme Court

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science


CALL NOW AT 612-900-9684

If you or a loved one has been the target of an investigation or charged with a crime you need strong representation to protect your rights and your future. Call immediately to speak with a lawyer that will stand up and fight for you.

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