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Joseph Tamburino

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA
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Joseph Tamburino
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA

Joe Tamburino is one of the most effective criminal defense attorneys in the Twin Cities and has been named a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” for the last two decades straight. His passion for excellence in criminal defense has led to an exclusive rating as a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Legal Specialist in Criminal Law, a certification achieved by fewer than 3% of all attorneys. He has defended his clients effectively against a wide range of charges – from DWI and white collar crimes to child pornography, assault and homicide – and has personally tried over 85 jury trials. Joe has over 25 years of criminal experience.

A graduate of New York University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Tamburino began his career as a public defender in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. In 1997, he joined what would become Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm and has become a prominent and visible member of the Minnesota legal community. In 1998 he was named a Rising Star in Minnesota by Minnesota Law & Politics (Rising Stars are attorneys who have practiced for less than 10 years and are the age of 40 or younger). Since 2000, he has been named a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics for twenty straight years.

Joe Tamburino is currently nominated for an Emmy Award for his legal analysis on WCCO CBS TV throughout the trial of Derek Chauvin. He is a frequent legal analyst for CBS News, Court TV and Law and Crime Network. Tamburino has shared his expert legal analysis on high-profile cases and is a regular resource for media looking for a conversational understanding of current events with legal complexities. He also presents regularly to law schools and legal professional groups on a wide variety of criminal topics including: drinking & driving, alcohol-related accidents, homicides and criminal sexual conduct, campaign finance, international matters and first amendment (free speech) cases

Tamburino is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Federal Courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.


MSBA Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist – only 3% of all Attorneys achieve this status

Minnesota “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 1998

National Moot Court Competition, New York, 1989

The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Super Lawyers® Rising Star 1998-1999, SuperLawyer 2000-2021

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - 10 Best Client Satisfaction 2015 - 2020

Legal Education Instructor

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – frequent webcast seminar instructor

Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) – Trial School – presenter/instructor

Minnesota Criminal Justice Institute – instructor

All District Legal Education – instructor Public Defender Association (1989-1997)

Office of the State Public Defender (1989-1997)


Board Certified

MSBA Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist – only 3% of all At

Board Certified

Super Lawyers®

Rising Star 1998-1999

SuperLawyer 2000-2021

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

10 Best Client Satisfaction

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - 10 Best Client Satisfaction 2015 - 2021

10.0 Rating on Avvo

Community Involvement

Frequent lecturer at area high schools

St. Paul Community Council Member, 1996 to 1998

Italian Cultural Center (ICC), VP (2017-present)

Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA), Chair (2016-2019)

Hennepin Ave. Safety Committee

Hennepin Ave. Stakeholders Committee

Minneapolis Downtown Council

Minneapolis Downtown Council's Safety Coalition

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