As an assistant county attorney in the complex crimes unit of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Brad prosecutes some of Minnesota’s biggest criminal cases. Brad learned how to try big cases during a decade of private law practice representing businesses and individuals in high-profile disputes around the country.
Here is how a district court judge described Brad’s ability as a prosecutor:
“He displayed complete mastery of the facts and the law, and despite the press of witnesses and exhibits, always managed to be up on fast-breaking cutting-edge legal issues that kept popping up in the trial. I don’t really know [how] he managed to do it all, trying the case alone.”
“He was grace under fire. And he did all of those things in a case where he was up against perhaps the pre-eminent criminal defense lawyer in the state, and a defendant who engendered considerable sympathy.”
Here is how a North Carolina prosecutor described Brad earlier in his career:
“Brad has a likeability factor and understated demeanor that resonates well with juries. His quiet confidence and detailed preparation resulted in the smooth presentation of evidence and a crushing cross-examination of the defendant.”
Brad’s skills as a prosecutor developed from some of the following experiences:
- Brad has handled over a hundred criminal cases as lead prosecutor, including some of Minnesota’s most complicated racketeering and fraud cases against some of Minnesota’s best defense attorneys;
- Brad has tried more mortgage-fraud jury trials than any Minnesota prosecutor, state or federal;
- Brad’s handling of State v. Maxwell, a six-week jury trial, resulted in the longest prison sentence in Minnesota history for mortgage fraud,16.5 years;
- Brad is an elected council member for the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association;
- Brad has experience as a business litigator at two premier law firms–Gray Plant Mooty, headquartered in Minneapolis with over 160 lawyers, and Womble
Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, headquartered in North Carolina with over 500 lawyers;
- Brad’s former clients range from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, to small family businesses, to local county governments, to individuals who Brad represented pro bono because they could not afford a lawyer;
- Together with a small group of colleagues, Brad was ranked No. 1 in 2004 and again in 2005 topping North Carolina's list of largest verdicts and settlements, which reported the cases to include recoveries exceeding $400 Million and $250 Million;
- Brad has handled hundreds of civil cases in private practice with notable victories in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate court levels, and he has substantial experience leading teams of lawyers, paralegals, investigators, and support staff;
- At Gray Plant Mooty, Brad managed two other lawyers under a private contract to prosecute criminal cases for a township in Minnesota;
- Brad volunteered and successfully prosecuted sex offenders at Womble Carlyle to help the county’s district attorney with an overwhelming caseload after budget cuts;
- Brad has law practice management experience, having been elected three years in a row in 2004, 2005, and 2006 to represent his law firm’s associates to the firm management committee on issues including attorney compensation, benefits, professional development, workplace satisfaction and environment, and personnel relationships;
- Brad was the editor of “The Litigator” magazine, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and he co-authored the North Carolina section of a 50-state legal digest on business torts; and
- Brad organized and led his law firm’s effort to raise over $10,000 for the United Way in a single day.
Anoka County has never before had an opportunity to elect a chief prosecutor with Brad’s broad and high-level experience.