Thomas “Tom” Craddock Plunkett is an experienced trial lawyer from Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. Here are 13 things about him:
- He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice.
- He is one of the lawyers paid through a legal defense fund that’s part of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA).
- A frequent continuing legal education (CLE) speaker, he is often consulted by colleagues on difficult legal and ethical matters.
- Before becoming a lawyer, he was an officer and attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
- After completing law school, he left the Army Aviation to join the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
- He is one of the few defense attorneys in Minnesota who are familiar with military law.
- In 1995, he graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. In the same year, he was licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
- In 1996, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court.
- From 2002 to 2020, he was selected to Super Lawyers.
- 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.
- 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.
- In 2020, he represented J Alexander Kueng, one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of African-American security guard George Floyd.
- After he and prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 42 months in prison, Kueng pleaded guilty on October 24, 2022 to aiding and abetting in manslaughter.