Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Attorneys in the MPPOA Legal Defense Fund

Paul Engh

Suite 215, 220 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Minneapolis, MN 55416


BA University of Minnesota, 1977, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 1981


Thomson, Hawkins and Engh, 1981-1982
Engh and Hiller, 1982-1984
Paul Engh Law Office, 1984 to present
Assistant Minnesota State Public Defender (Appellate), part time, 1986-1988
CJA Panel Member, Federal Public Defender, 1982 to present
Senior Associate Independent Counsel, In re Henry Cisneros 1995-1998


Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers (2009)
Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2011)
SuperLawyer designation in Minnesota since that list's inception
Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association MPPOA panel attorney since 2008.

Experience, Trial:

Litigated, through final jury verdict, on behalf of clients charged with aggravated assault, burglary, arson, drunk driving, criminal sexual conduct, narcotics possession and distribution, murder in the first and second degree, manslaughter, attempted murder, RICO, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, theft, deprivation of civil rights (by the defendant and for the plaintiff), perjury, obstruction of justice, fire arms possession, theft among others, and including the use of insanity, diminished capacity and self-defense as defenses. As well, civil litigation on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, Priest sexual misconduct.


Briefs and arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (in Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Louis), before the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. Admission before these Circuits as well as the Fifth and the United States Supreme Court. A complete WestLaw search of the cases provided on request.


Articles include "The Presumption of Innocence in Law and Daily Life," "On the Meaning of Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt," "William Penn and the Right to a Jury Trial," "The Pursuit of Happiness and the Practice of Criminal Law," "Photography, the Mug Shot and Criminal Law," "The Importance of Compromise," "Doug Thomson's Final Argument," "The Quality of Mercy, Forgiveness and Criminal Sentencing," among others. Associate Editor, Federal Sentencing Guidelines 2001-2004 (Aspen)