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Robert Paule biography: 13 things about Tou Thao’s lawyer

Tou Nmn Thao (©Hennepin County Jail)

Tou Nmn Thao (©Hennepin County Jail)

Robert Matthew Paule of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States is the criminal defense attorney representing  Tou Thao. The client is one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of African-American security guard George Floyd.

Paule has an office in Minneapolis where he serves the local community. Here are 13 things about the lawyer:

  1. In 1989, he graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  2. He has been practicing law since 1989.
  3. He has been a member of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Organization legal defense fund attorney panel since 1989.
  4. He wrote “The Perversion of the Historic Function of the Grand Jury in Minnesota,” an article in “Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice” Volume 7 Issue 2, which was published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing in 1989.
  5. For 2005-2006, 2008 and 2014-2020, he  was selected to Super Lawyers, an exclusive list of top-rated attorneys in specific practice areas chosen after thorough evaluation of numerous criteria.
  6. In 2009, he represented former Superior educator William Rehnstrand, who pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in Hennepin County Court in Minneapolis.
  7. In 2014, he represented Amy Horsfield, the former director of a chemical treatment program for the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light homeless shelter convicted of criminal sexual abuse of a client named Anthony Bishop.
  8. In 2017, he was the counsel for Elvia Adilene Ibarra-Sanchez, whose objection to a report and recommendation of Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez was overruled.
  9. He represented Ryan Kelly, one of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal arrest of Thurman Blevins on June 23, 2018.
  10. In 2018, he represented Alfred John “Rocky” O’Neill of Savage, Minnesota, a former youth swimming coach charged with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with an under-age swimmer from 1988 to 1989.
  11. In 2018, he was one of the two lawyers who represented Jake Richard Mattern when the client appealed his conviction of criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily injury-gross negligence in Minnesota.
  12. In March 2020, he represented Jameel R. Zeno, who was charged with two felony drug counts in Scott County District Court in Shakopee, Minnesota.
  13. He can be contacted via telephone at (612) 332-1733 or via fax at 612-332-9951.

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