Michael J. Brandt

Michael J. Brandt

Background

Since graduating from William Mitchell College of Law with honors, Mike Brandt has devoted himself to defending those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Mike started his career with the Public Defenders Office in Anoka County where he represented clients on every type of criminal charge from murder to speeding.

During his years as a public defender, Mike conducted jury trials on cases involving homicide, sexual assault, physical assault, drugs crimes, theft, and various other charges. As a public defender, Mike had numerous cases dismissed, evidence suppressed, and probation violations defeated. After establishing a record as a zealous advocate for his clients who is willing to fight the long hard battle, Mike was courted into private practice.

In 1999, Mike joined the firm of Alan Caplan and Associates as an associate. While at Caplan, Mike again assumed the role of defending clients on every type of charge and started focusing more on DWI and DWI-related cases, including vehicle forfeitures and license revocations.

Due to his reputation and experience, Mike began to be called upon to teach continuing legal education seminars in the areas of evidence, DWI crime, technological issues, and trial strategies.

In 2003, Mike left Alan Caplan and Associates to start his own firm with Jonathan Jasper. For nearly 3 years, the firm of Jasper & Brandt, PLLC represented hundreds of clients on every type of criminal charge. Mike continued to represent clients throughout the state and continued to be a sought after speaker for continuing legal education seminars. In December 2005, his law partner was appointed to be a judge for the 10th Judicial District. Upon Jonathan’s departure, Mike formed Brandt Criminal Defense.

Mike works closely with his staff to represent clients facing every type of criminal charge. Mike continues to speak frequently at continuing legal education seminars and often acts as a mentor for new attorneys.

In 2002, Mike was recognized by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine as a Rising Star. In 2003, Mike was recognized by other attorneys in the state as a Super Lawyer (2003-2013), a distinction given to less than 6% of lawyers in the state.

Education

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude 
William Mitchell College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts 
University of Minnesota

William Mitchell College of LawUniversity of Minnesota

Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • United States District Court- District of Minnesota

Results

Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Association

Title

Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Minnesota Judicial College


Chapter Author, Minnesota DWI Deskbook

38th Annual Criminal Justice Institute


Creative Sentencing & Plea Negotiations


Winning the One-on-One Sex Case


39th Annual Criminal Justice Institute


Third Judicial District Public Defender Annual Meeting

Minnesota DWI Institute



Public Defenders Association Annual Conference

Public Defenders Annual Conference


Criminal Law 101


First District Public Defender Quarterly Training

DWI Law and Practice



DUI Practice


Anoka County Bar Association

Anoka County Bar Association


43rd Annual Criminal Justice Institute



Hamline University School of Law

Various area high schools

Lecture on evidence in courtrooms

Group discussion leader with judges regarding evidence

MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture on evidence in a DWI case : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture on successful negotiations in DWI cases : All-District Legal

Panel Discussion Member : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture on evidence in a DWI case : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture on challenging the Intoxilyzer machine

Lecture with a prosecutor on trial strategies in a DWI case : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture with a state trooper on the Intoxilyzer machine

Presentation with a state trooper on the Intoxilyzer machine

Lecture with a colleague on basic criminal law : Thompson/West Training

Lecture on challenging the Intoxilyzer machine

Lecture with a prosecutor on trial strategies in a DWI case : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Lecture on cultivating DUI defenses: All-District Legal

Lecture on the basics of DUI

Lecture on disaster preparedness and recovery

Lecture on challenging the Intoxilyzer machine : MSBA Continuing Legal Education

Trial advocacy judge

lectures on criminal law and the Bill of Rights

Publications

Memberships

President of MACDL

 


President of the Anoka County Bar association

 


Chosen criminal law expert who volunteers his time to answer new lawyer’s questions

Community Service

Mentor for law students at UST

  • Office Phone: (763) 421-6366