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Thomas C. Plunkett biography: 13 things about lawyer from St. Paul, Minnesota

Thomas “Tom” Craddock Plunkett is an experienced trial lawyer from Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. Here are 13 things about him:

  1. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice.
  2. He is one of the lawyers paid through a legal defense fund that’s part of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA).
  3. A frequent continuing legal education (CLE) speaker, he is often consulted by colleagues on difficult legal and ethical matters.
  4. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an officer and attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
  5. After completing law school, he left the Army Aviation to join the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
  6. He is one of the few defense attorneys in Minnesota who are familiar with military law.
  7. 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.
  8. In 1996, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  9. From 2002 to 2020, he was selected to Super Lawyers.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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