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Anthony Bushnell now teaches full time and does not represent clients or provide any legal services. Please contact David Best for family law matters. If you are seeking representation for a criminal defense matter, or any other matter other than family law, please contact the Minnesota State Bar Association for a lawyer referral at

Anthony no longer represents clients or practices law, because he now teaches full-time as a college professor in criminal justice and legal studies. Selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers from 2019 - 2023. Anthony Bushnell previously focused his practice on criminal defense, where he handled all felony and misdemeanor charges, as well as criminal and civil appellate cases. He completed numerous criminal jury trials and bench trials, handled hundreds of cases in pre-trial stage, and argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He is also an experienced civil trial attorney in many litigation matters including orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.

The complex interaction of DWI and DUI criminal charges with civil driver's license penalties and administrative sanctions has been an area of special emphasis in his defense work, providing clients a full representation that addresses the criminal process and the license and vehicle problems. He was a member of the Minnesota Source Code Coalition that obtained and tested the source code for the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breath testing machine used for years in Minnesota DWI arrests in order to determine whether the machine was accurate or flawed.

Trial practice has been a passion for Anthony for nearly 15 years practicing law, and before that as part of his law school training. He received his legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 20 law schools in the United States. He graduated with honors in 2005 and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar that same year. During law school, Anthony served in the school's law clinic helping victims of domestic violence seek civil protection orders. He also worked for the office of a city attorney, handling traffic prosecutions. This amplified skills and experience already gained by working in several law firms before law school and competing at the national level in college mock trial for years, earning numerous awards.

Beyond his private law practice, Anthony was actively involved in the legal community. He served as chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association until June of 2020. He served as the chair on the council of the Solo and Small Firm section of the Minnesota State Bar Association for two years and has been a council member or CLE committee member for several years. His memberships included the Criminal Law sections of the MSBA, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Anoka Bar Association. Mr. Bushnell has presented at many continuing legal education seminars on criminal law, evidence, and trial practice and has organized a number of other CLE seminars with judges and outstanding attorneys from the profession.

Volunteer work is a priority for Anthony, as is spending time speaking with and mentoring law students. He has volunteered at the Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid clinic and served as the vice president and a board member for the Christian Legal Society of Minnesota. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty for the law enforcement training program at The University of Northwestern - Saint Paul, and he has served as an adjunct Lawyering Program Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School for the 2009-2010 class year. 

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