Earl Gray of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States is the lawyer representing Thomas Kiernan Lane. The latter is one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of African-American security guard George Floyd.
Born in St. Paul in 1944, Gray spent his entire life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has six children and was married four times.
Gray started his career at the Minnesota Public Defenders Office. Here are 13 more facts about the criminal defense lawyer from St. Paul:
- He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Gustavus Adolphus College, a liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota.
- He received a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul where he graduated cum laude.
- He has been practicing law in Minnesota since 1970.
- He was selected to Super Lawyers from 1993 to 2020.
- In 1994, he represented Iranian immigrant Kambiz Youssefi, who was acquitted after being charged in an alleged extortion plot involving planned kidnappings, a Greek drug dealer and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a hit man.
- In 2001, he and Joe Friedberg represented former Gophers football players Steven Watson and Mackenzy Toussaint, who were accused of sexual assault but were found innocent.
- In 2006, he represented former Minnesota Viking quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who was cleared of charges for his involvement in the 2005 Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal.
- In 2008, he represented former University of Minnesota football star Dominic Jones, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct.
- In 2013, he was recognized as the Criminal and White Collar Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- In 2015, he represented Earl Vang, who was acquitted on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Miguel Destiny McElroy in front of a grocery store on the 2300 block of Lyndale Avenue N., Minneapolis on July 9, 1999.
- In 2015, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
- In 2017, he represented Jeronimo Yanez, a Hispanic-American police officer from St. Anthony, Minnesota acquitted of all charges after fatally shooting African-American man Philando Castile and being charged with manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm.
- His office is located at 1st Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St. Suite W1610, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 and he can be contacted by phone at 651-223-5175 and via fax at 651-223-5179.