About Doug Rudolph

I’m a criminal defense attorney.  I help people like you protect your rights.

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I am not your average attorney. I bring a rare and advantageous versatility to your defense, which is integral to case success and your satisfaction.  You want an experienced attorney you can trust. Someone who understands what you are going through and who will fight for you, relentlessly and empathetically pushing for that favorable outcome. I am that attorney. My commitment to advocacy spans across personal, political, and legal spheres. My personal and professional experiences motivate and inspire me to advocate for you and help you protect your rights.

Getting charged with a crime can be a scary experience. Not knowing how your future will be affected can be paralyzing.  My firm was built on the principle: Innocent until proven guilty.  Being charged with a crime doesn’t always mean you did something wrong. Good people make mistakes, and everyone deserves a proper defense.

As an attorney, I refuse to back down, doing whatever it takes to achieve winning results.  I began my professional legal career as a criminal defense attorney in Minnesota, carefully preparing cases and aggressively defending clients in criminal court for felony and misdemeanor-level offenses, before relocating my practice back to Connecticut.  Prior to building my own successful law practice, I worked as a student attorney at the New Haven Public Defenders Office. Further, I worked at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, one of the oldest and most reputable legal aid organizations in the country, helping represent the underserved.

Before building my own successful law practice, I worked at the New Haven Public Defenders Office, carefully preparing cases and aggressively defending clients in criminal court for primarily felony and misdemeanor-level offenses. Further, I worked at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, one of the oldest and most reputable legal aid organizations in the country, helping represent people who could not afford an attorney.

Before becoming a lawyer, I was a leading national advocate. I regularly collaborated with federal agencies, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United Nations, and other organizations and partners to improve addiction-recovery resources across the nation. I made it my mission to push national and state legislation in many areas, from second-chance legislation for offenders on the state level to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act on the federal level. I co-founded Young People in Recovery (“YPR”),a national grassroots advocacy organization focused on supporting young people in or seeking recovery from addiction. As co-founder and Policy Director of YPR, I identified education, employment, and secure housing as critical, but largely nonexistent, components of maintained recovery. Because of this initiative, this concept is now part of the national dialogue. I created YPR’s advocacy agenda, helped mobilize over 100 chapters throughout the United States, and created workshops that helped improve access to education, employment, and housing for participants. These experiences have led me to a much deeper empathy for individuals charged with a crime, and I make it my mission to provide dedicated representation resulting in favorable outcome.

I have seen how criminal charges can dramatically affect people’s lives without proper representation. From lost liberty, employment and education opportunities, to strains on personal relationships, criminal convictions can haunt you for the rest of your life.  Too many people fall through the cracks of a criminal justice system— oftentimes through no other reason than not having the right lawyer.  My experience as a lawyer and advocate on the front lines of a national social movement make me the right lawyer, on whom you can rely and trust to get the job done.

My personal and professional experience sets me apart from other criminal attorneys, giving me a unique perspective and empathetic commitment for your situation.  I will do whatever it takes to help you protect your rights because you are more than a client: You are a person who matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • National College of DUI Defense (NCDD)