John C. Conard has handled more than 2,000 criminal cases in Minnesota. As both a prosecutor and a defense attorney he has litigated and tried serious felonies ranging from Murder or Criminal Sexual Conduct, to misdemeanor domestic assault. His experience on both sides of the table enables him to develop complete, creative, and effective strategies in criminal cases.

John Conard’s distinguished background includes:

  • Obtaining top honors, graduating summa cum laude and ranking third in his class at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Being selected to the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and accepted back every year since his admission for hundreds of hours of graduate work.
  • Is a current member of the selective American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
  • Contributing author to West Law’s “Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases.”
  • Receiving a “Superb” rating by and is a Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award recipient.

A Born Advocate

Starting early in Junior High, John C. Conard has been a dominant debater. Over the course of several years he won debates, tournaments, and Mock Trials, ultimately receiving the National Forensic League seal of Superior Distinction.

A National Winner

After a dominating debate career in high school, John C. Conard attended Central College as a recipient of the Wormhoudt Pre-Law scholarship. In his freshman year, he won the attorney award at the National Intercollegiate Mock Trial tournament of the American Mock Trial Association, the first student from his college to win this prestigious honor. He went on to win consecutive regional tournaments for years. He also won the GD Boat Endowed Scholarship, and the Vander Luct Award. John C. Conard won more than 90 mock trials before he even graduated from college.

A Dominant Law Student

John C. Conard attended the William Mitchell College of Law as a Founder’s Scholarship recipient. While in law school, he obtained top honors graduating Suma Cum Laude and ranked third in his class. He was selected to Law Review twice, and was chosen to represent William Mitchell at the American College of Trial Lawyers trial competition. He also served as a law clerk for both the Federal Public Defender, and the 10th Judicial District Public Defender in Anoka, MN. John C. Conard had his first jury trial while in law school.

An Experienced Lawyer

John C. Conard has handled more than 2,000 criminal cases on both sides of the table. He has served for several years as a public defender in the 10 th Judicial District, with cases in Wright, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Anoka, Washington, and Pine Counties. He has also handled serious felony cases as an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney where he served on the adult felony trial teams. Having taken serious felony cases to trial as both a defense attorney and as a prosecutor, John C. Conard brings a unique and valuable level of experience to the table. It is this experience, combined with a dedication to continuous improvement that makes him a tremendous advocate for you.

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