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Joseph Tamburino


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, white-collar and internet crimes – and has personally tried over 100 jury trials. Joe has over 30 years of criminal experience.

A graduate of New York University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Tamburino began his career in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and then the Public Defender’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. Early in his career, Tamburino was named a Rising Star in Minnesota by Minnesota Law & Politics. Minnesota Lawyer has ranked him a Super Lawyer for the last two decades. In 2023, Joe Tamburino was given the Minnesota Icon Award by Minnesota Finance & Commerce Magazine for lifetime career achievement and contributions to the community. 

Joe Tamburino was 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, WCCO Radio, 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 2000-2023
  • 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 2000-2023

    Super Lawyers®
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys - 10 Best Client Satisfaction 2015 - 2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • 10.0 Rating on Avvo
    10.0 Rating on Avvo
  • Top 1% - Distinguished Counsel
    Top 1% - Distinguished Counsel
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 


Minneapolis - St. Paul’s Criminal Defense Attorney & Legal Analyst

Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?

  • We’ll start your case with a FREE, no-obligation consultation
  • Attorney Joseph Tamburino is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, achieved by only 3% of Attorneys
  • We have represented thousands of clients and we have handled hundreds of jury trials
  • Our attorneys have worked as prosecutors and public defenders throughout the state
  • Our team is available 24/7 – when our clients need us, we’re there for them


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