Trial Lawyers

Bruce M. Rivers

Experienced in High-Stakes Criminal Defense

Attorney Bruce M. Rivers is the founder of Minneapolis-based criminal defense law firm Rivers Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Rivers has defended clients in more than 2,000 cases ranging from first-degree murder charges to white collar offenses. 

His experience and trial skills have been instrumental in winning acquittals for clients faced with devastating charges, including murder and white collar crimes. Mr. Rivers strategically negotiates plea deals in order to achieve the best outcome possible for clients. He has negotiated plea deals that have reduced prison sentences and substantial financial losses. His experience in representing high-profile executives, business owners, and professionals in high-stakes cases has given him key insight in navigating white collar litigation. Mr. Rivers has also represented several attorneys who rely on his reputation for acting with discretion and respect, which is vital to preserving their careers and licenses during the pendency of their criminal cases.

Mr. Rivers appears regularly in federal and state courts in Minnesota and pro hac vice in cases in jurisdictions across the country. His experience and familiarity with federal judges and magistrate judges gives him insight into their individual styles and approaches.

Mr. Rivers has partnered with respected civil litigation law firm Eckland & Blando, LLP to form White Collar Defense to represent all types of fraud charges, including blackmail, conspiracy, extortion, bribery, embezzlement, tax fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, and identity theft. White Collar Defense also handle cases involving white collar crime investigations within a wide range of sectors, including business, environmental, health care, Internet, insurance, investment, real estate, and government procurement.

Admitted to Practice

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Augsburg College, B.A., Business and Management/Economics

Certifications

  • Certified Criminal Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Law Specialist, Minnesota Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • MSBA Criminal Law Council
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Board Member
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyer of Minnesota - Dean
  • Federal Defender Panel
  • Former Adjunct Law Professor

Representative Cases

  • State v. Sanchez, acquittal, 2013
  • State of Minnesota v. C.L., acquittal, 2013
  • State of Minnesota v. Anderson, acquittal, 2013
  • Executive Grant of Clemency, 2010
  • State of Minnesota v. Johnson, 2010
  • State of Minnesota v. Anderson, 2010
  • State of Minnesota v. Back, 2010

Learn How Attorney Bruce Rivers Can Help You

Have you or someone you love been charged with a white collar crime? We are here to help. Attorney Rivers has the trial skills to defend your rights and our legal team is ready to fight on your behalf. Contact White Collar Defense today to schedule a consultation.


Daniel J. Cragg

Experienced in Complex Litigation

Attorney Daniel J. Cragg is a partner at Minneapolis-based litigation law firm Eckland & Blando, LLP. Mr. Cragg focuses on high-stakes, complex litigation in white collar crime defense, commercial litigation, employer defense, and admiralty and maritime law. He is skilled in overseeing all aspects of the litigation process in cases involving complex fact patterns and eDiscovery. Mr. Cragg has represented billion dollar companies as well as mid-size and small businesses in several various industries, giving him key insight into the complexities of business litigation.

Mr. Cragg is admitted to multiple courts, including all Minnesota state courts, federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal circuits. In addition, he regularly appears pro hac vice before courts in jurisdictions nationwide.

He has partnered with the well-known criminal defense law firm Rivers Law Firm, P.A., to form White Collar Defense. Mr. Cragg’s experience with preparing for litigation, negotiating equitable settlements, and trying cases to jury verdict are instrumental in any white collar criminal defense. This strategic partnership handles claims involving fraud, RICO Act violations, financial crimes, investment crimes, government procurement fraud, insurance fraud, data breach, and other serious federal crime investigations and prosecutions.

Admitted to Practice

  • Minnesota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2011
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., History and International Studies, with distinction, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, House of Delegates
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
    • Judiciary Committee, Chair, 2014-17
    • Legislative Committee, 2017-18
  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
    • Board of Directors, 2017-20
    • Finance and Planning Committee, 2017-18
    • Representative to Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly, 2017-20
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
    • Vice President, Minnesota Lawyer’s Chapter
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Secretary, Practice and Procedure Committee
    • Proctor Member 
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2020
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015-2020
  • Lead Counsel rated for Civil Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2016-20

Published Decisions

  • City of Minneapolis v. Minneapolis Police Relief Association, 800 N.W.2d 165 (Minn. App. 2011)
  • Saleem v. Heimie's Haberdashery, 2011 WL 4971566 (D. Minn. 2011)
  • U.S. ex rel Sandager v. Dell Marketing, L.P., 872 F.Supp.2d 801 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • ARA, Inc. v. Barnes Personnel Management, Inc. et al., 2014 WL 3748633 (D. Minn 2014)
  • Nichols v. State, 858 N.W.2d 773 (Minn. 2015)
  • Cole v. Wutzke, 884 N.W.2d 634 (Minn. 2016)
  • Gams v. Houghton, 884 N.W.2d. 611 (Minn. 2016)
  • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 896 N.W.2d 115 (Minn. App. 2017)
  • Abdurrahman v. Dayton, 903 F.3d 813 (8th Cir. 2018)
  • ARA, Inc. v. City of Glendale, 2018 WL 1411787, 95 UCC Rep.Serv. 2d 476 (D. Ariz. March 21, 2018).
  • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 913 N.W.2d 687 (Minn. 2018)
  • Fish v. Ramler Trucking, Inc., 23 N.W.2d 337 (Minn. App. 2019).
  • Maethner v. Someplace Safe, Inc., et al, 929 N.W.2d 868 (Minn. 2019).
  • Fish v. Ramler Trucking, Inc., 935 N.W.2d 738 (Minn. 2019).

Industry Litigation Experience

  • Construction
  • Factoring/Alternative Finance
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Transportation/Marine

Learn How Attorney Daniel J. Cragg Can Help You

If you are a witness, suspect, or target of a white collar crime investigation, contact White Collar Defense to schedule a confidential consultation. Attorney Daniel J. Cragg has the important resources and experience to protect your rights. We are ready to offer you the strategic, aggressive legal counsel you both need and deserve when you’ve become involved in a federal criminal investigation.


Jared M. Reams

Jared Reams focuses his practice on government contracts, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition, anticompetitive business practices, and civil rights actions. Having joined Eckland & Blando after clerking for the firm through law school, Jared is very comfortable in the courtroom and as a law student was permitted to represent felony criminal defendants in Washington State and to prosecute for the City of Bloomington in Minnesota. Jared excels in the "chess game" inherent to litigation and has experience not only in federal and state court cases, but also claims under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Jared graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he helped teach students appellate advocacy skills as managing director of the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court program and competed on the law school’s mock trial team, earning first place in the region during his final year.

Admitted to Practice

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2013
  • State of Washington, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015
  • State of Minnesota, 2015
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2015

Education

  • Washington State University, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2009
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer recognition for providing pro bono service

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