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Matthew Mankey

Mankey Law Office
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Matthew Mankey
Mankey Law Office

Mr. Mankey graduated from Benilde High School in 1976.  He attended St. John's University where he attained a major in government and history with a minor in philosophy in 1980 but deferred graduation for a year to attend the University of Salzburg, in Austria. He earned a Master's Degree in International Affairs from the American University. During his studies at American University he attended the Instituto de Instruccion de Espanol in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1983. In 1985 Mr. Mankey completed his Master's program which included a published thesis on the Nicaraguan Revolution. Mr. Mankey has worked as a Congressional Staff person and as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill.   He attended William Mitchell College of Law during which time he worked in the family law clinic and in the criminal division of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office drug prosecution team.  He graduated from law school with honors in 1992.  After graduating from law school Mr. Mankey practiced exclusively in the area of criminal defense.  Mr. Mankey has been admitted to the Minnesota State Bar since 1992 and the Federal Bar since 1993. He was accepted onto the Criminal Justice Panel in 1997 and has been appointed by the federal court to hundreds of federal criminal cases since that time. In addition to his private practice he served as a contract public defender in Hennepin County in 2004-05 and in Anoka County in 2012. He was chosen to serve as a conciliation court judge in 1997 and has presided part-time until 2006.  The location of Mankey Law Office has been in its current location in Golden Valley since 1992.


Criminal Law 100%

Drug Violations


Robbery & Burglary

Sex Crimes


Federal Crimes


Minnesota, 1992

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1993

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1993


William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

J.D. - 1992

Honors: cum laude

Honors: With Honors

Honors: Family Law Clinic

St. John's University, Minnesota

B.A. - 1980

Major: Government

Major: History

Minor: Philosophy

Benilde High School

University of Salzburg

American University

Major: International Affairs

Instituto de Instruccion de Espanol, Cuernavaca


Sandinista Development Programs and the Contra War, University of Michigan Microfilms, International Development, 1979 – 1985

Child Sex Abuse and the Sixth Amendment, Bench and Bar Minnesota, October, 2020


Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, National Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011 to 2012


Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2005, 2007AVVO, Client Choice Award 2020, Top Attorney 2020


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1997 to 2021

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1992 to 2021


Congressman Bill Frenzel, Congressional Staffer, 1987 to 1988

Chwat Weigend Associates, Lobbyist, 1988 to 1989

Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Drug Prosecution Team, Criminal Division

Hennepin County, Contract Public Defender, 2004 to 2005

Anoka County, Contract Public Defender, 2012 to 2012

St. Louis County, Contract Public Defender

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