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Thomas C. Plunkett biography: 13 things about J Alexander Kueng’s lawyer

Peter Wold, Mohamed Noor, Thomas C. Plunkett (©REUTERS/Adam Bettcher)

Peter Wold, Mohamed Noor, Thomas C. Plunkett (©REUTERS/Adam Bettcher)

Thomas “Tom” Craddock Plunkett of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States is the lawyer representing J Alexander Kueng. The client is one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of African-American security guard George Floyd.

Plunkett is an experienced trial lawyer. Here are 13 things about the criminal defense attorney from St. Paul:

  1. In 1995, he graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
  2. In 1995, he was licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
  3. In 1996, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  4. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice.
  5. He is one of the lawyers paid through a legal defense fund that’s part of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA).
  6. A frequent continuing legal education (CLE) speaker, he is often consulted by colleagues on difficult legal and ethical matters.
  7. He was selected to Super Lawyers from 2002 to 2020.
  8. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an officer and attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
  9. After completing law school, he left Army Aviation to join the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
  10. He is one of the few defense attorneys in Minnesota who are familiar with military law.
  11. He represented Kenneth Lilly, who was involved in a fatal shooting in St. Paul in 2015 and was charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault after wounding a school bus driver in Minneapolis in 2019.
  12. In 2019, he and Peter Wold represented Minneapolis Police Department’s first Somali officer Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot Australian-American woman Justine Damond on July 15, 2017.
  13. He can be contacted via phone at (651) 222-4357 and via fax at (651) 297-6134.

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