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Steve Schleicher biography: 13 things about Minneapolis, Minnesota lawyer

Steve L. Schleicher is a trial and appellate lawyer from Minnesota, United States. He is an expert on criminal defense, government and internal investigations and high stakes civil litigation.

Schleicher worked at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and Winona County Attorney’s Office before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He lives in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota. (a)
  2. Aside from Rochester, he has lived in other parts of Minnesota including Osseo, Champlin and Minneapolis. (a)
  3. He previously lived in Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA. (a)
  4. In 1992, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology and political science. In the same year, he enrolled at William Mitchell College of Law, now called the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. (b)
  5. From 1995, he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor. In the same year, he was admitted to practice law in Minnesota. (b)
  6. In 1999, he was admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court. (b)
  7. In 2004, he was named Arson Prosecutor of the Year by the Minnesota chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. (b)
  8. For 10 years, he served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. (c)
  9. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the deputy criminal chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s special prosecution section. (c)
  10. In 2016, he served as a prosecutor on the Jacob Wetterling case and was named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. (b)
  11. In 2017, he received the Julius E. Gernes Prosecutor Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section and the Presidents Award from Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators. In January 2017, he joined Maslon LLP and became co-chair of the firm’s government and internal investigations group. (b) (d)
  12. In July 2020, Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison appointed him as a special assistant attorney general to serve as a member of the prosecution team for the George Floyd case on a pro bono basis. (e)
  13. He was 51 years old when he continued serving as a special assistant attorney general on Ellison’s prosecution team in Derek Chauvin‘s trial in April 2021. (a) (c)



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