Richard LeRoy

Universal Defense, LLC
9000 Quantrelle Avenue, Suite 105
Otsego, MN 55330

Richard LeRoy has devoted his career to protecting the rights of those who need it most. A lifelong Minnesotan, Richard has spent nearly 30 years working with clients across the state in cases ranging from low-level drug crimes to first-degree murder.

Before founding Universal Defense, LLC, Richard spent the majority of his career at The Legal Rights Center in the Twin Cities, where he represented a broad range of clients of all ages and backgrounds. It was during his time there that he became a passionate advocate for the basic principle that everyone deserves access to justice.

Richard’s experience is deep and broad. His approach is a blend of thoughtful counsel, aggressive advocacy, and practical considerations. He has extensive experience working in Hennepin County Mental Health Court, a specialized forum handling defendants alleged to have mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependencies. In every case, Richard offers real-world advice and clearly explains to his clients what they are facing, including often-overlooked collateral consequences such as loss of driver’s license.


Owner, Universal Defense, LLC (2017-Present)
Senior Litigation Defense Attorney, The Legal Rights Center (2000-2017)
Staff Attorney, The Legal Rights Center (1991-2000)


Hamline University School of Law, Juris Doctor, (1990)
MaCalaster College 1983

Bar Admissions

Minnesota (1991)

Areas of Practice

Minnesota Criminal Defense
Assault and Domestic Violence
DUI/DWI, Including Multiple-Offense DUI
Driver’s License Reinstatement
Drug and Narcotics Offenses
Internet Crimes
Sex Offenses
Theft, Fraud and Property Crimes
Traffic Violations and Speeding Tickets
Violent Crimes and Murder
White Collar Crimes
Weapons Offenses