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Lis Carlson


Lis Carlson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, and William Mitchell College of Law in 2006. Lis worked as a law clerk at the Anoka County Public Defender’s office during law school where she appeared in court every day representing clients during all stages of criminal cases. During this time she gained invaluable courtroom experience and represented hundreds of clients before she even graduated from law school. Lis is most comfortable in the courtroom and uses her advocacy skills to her clients’ advantage, whether it is during a sentencing argument or a motion to dismiss.

While spending seven years as a trial attorney with the Law Office of the Tenth Judicial District Public Defender, Lis represented thousands of people charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony level offenses. Lis has experience litigating complex contested and evidentiary hearings and maintains a well-rounded trial practice. She has tried a number of serious felony cases including assault charges, criminal sexual conduct, homicide, and white collar crime matters. Lis’ particular interest in DWI defense landed her the role of her office’s Specialist in felony DWI cases. Her thorough understanding of DWI law and procedure allowed her to secure outstanding results for her clients in these matters, including dismissals, reduced charges, and downward dispositions from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.

Lis prides herself on finding the right path to the right result in each case. Her ability to make her clients feel comfortable and calm during a difficult time in their lives is unmatched.


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2017-2019
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. - 2006
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., Political Science - 2003


  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Lis Margrethe Carlson - Top Attorney -- 9.0 Avvo Rating

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