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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Christopher Keyser


Christopher Keyser is an award-winning criminal defense lawyer representing individuals criminally charged in Minnesota state and federal courts. He consistently obtains dismissals, acquittals, and reduced charges in cases ranging from homicide, assault, criminal sexual contact, robbery, burglary, theft, and DWIs.


Known for his level of temperament, candor, and professionalism, Mr. Keyser has earned the respect of prosecutors, judges, and clients throughout Minnesota. Before starting his private practice, Mr. Keyser clerked for several federal government agencies. He currently serves as a Major (O-4) and military lawyer (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserve.


Mr. Keyser offers complimentary consultations to discuss strategy, potential case outcomes, and likely scenarios. He gives honest advice, offers practical solutions, and brings a unique blend of criminal, immigration, and military experience to his clients. With a consistent record of success, Mr. Keyser’s clients take comfort in knowing they have a skilled, personable, and zealous advocate fighting for their best interests.


More information about Mr. Keyser can be found below. Call our office at (612) 338-5007 for a free case evaluation.

Delivering Experience and a Reputation for Excellence



Mr. Keyser has earned the respect of prosecutors and judges throughout Minnesota for his preparedness, professionalism, and dedication to his clients. Before starting his own practice, Mr. Keyser clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he investigated, prosecuted and litigated matters on behalf of the U.S. Government.


Awards and Recognition


Mr. Keyser is a Criminal Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota Bar Association. Less than 3% of all registered attorneys in Minnesota are certified specialists in their field.  Mr. Keyser brings his unique blend of criminal, immigration, and military experience to his Minnesota state and federal criminal cases. His continued success and excellent results have garnered recognition within the legal community. Mr. Keyser is selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2014–2023). No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Minnesota are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor annually. He is also listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by the National Trial Lawyers Association.


Client Testimonials


Mr. Keyser’s priority is exceptionally serving his clients, who represent his service quality. Mr. Keyser has earned the Client’s Choice award from every year since 2010. Actual client testimonials showcasing real case results can be viewed here.


In the Media


Mr. Keyser and his cases are frequently showcased in the media. Outlets where Keyser Law, P.A., or our cases have appeared include:



Defending Our Military Service Members


As a military officer (Major/O-4) and Judge Advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserve, Mr. Keyser fiercely defends our military service members. He completed the Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Virginia. He completed the Direct Commission Course (boot camp) at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2011. Mr. Keyser currently serves as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 77th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. His previous assignments include the 88th Readiness Division (civil and admin counsel) the 16th Legal Operations Detachment (defense counsel), the 372nd Engineer Brigade (trial counsel), and the 214th Legal Operations Detachment (legal assistance). Mr. Keyser provides representation to veterans and service members at a reduced rate to show his appreciation for our military.


The Minnesota Criminal Lawyer Advantage


The consequences of a charge or conviction can be life-altering. Being charged with a crime is frightening, whether a DWI, assault, burglary, or other criminal offense. The Government’s resources are enormous, and fighting a case may seem impossible. A charge alone has devastating effects on reputation and emotional stability. Convictions carry a criminal record, loss of employment or housing, jail, and the stigma of being labeled an offender.


Do not face the Government alone. Navigating our criminal justice system can be frightening, confusing, and emotionally stressful. Engaging an experienced advocate is necessary when liberty, reputation, and livelihood are at risk. A fierce advocate always puts your interests first. A trusted lawyer explains the law and guides you to the best possible outcome, regardless of charge or severity level.


Contact Minnesota Defense Attorney Christopher Keyser


We are serious about obtaining the best possible result in your criminal case. Contact our office at (612) 338-5007 for a free case evaluation. You can also fill out our simple online consultation form.


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Award Grantor Date Granted
Rising Stars Super Lawyers 2014-2023
Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers Association 2014-2023
Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers Association 2014-2023
Public Service Award William Mitchell College of Law 2008
Outstanding Service Award U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2007

Work Experience

Position Company Duration
Criminal Defense Attorney Keyser Law, P.A. 2008 – Present
Judge Advocate/Major Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army Reserve 2010 – Present
Clerk U.S. Department of Justice 2008
Clerk U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) 2007 – 2008
Clerk U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) 2007


Association Position Duration
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota Member 2018 – Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member 2014 – Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member 2009 – Present
Minnesota State Bar Association Member 2008 – Present
Hennepin County Bar Association Member 2008 – Present
Washington County Bar Association Member 2009 – Present


Publication Title Date
Minnesota Judges Criminal Benchbook Domestic Abuse Chapter 2018 – Present
Minnesota Judges Criminal Benchbook Juvenile Delinquency Chapter 2017
Minnesota Judges Criminal Benchbook Juvenile Delinquency Chapter 2016



School Major Degree Graduated
William Mitchell College of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 2008
University of Minnesota English BA – Bachelor of Arts 2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference Title Date
New Lawyer Experience How to Handle Your First Criminal Case: 10 Things You Must Know 2018-2022
2017 New Lawyer Experience How to Handle Your First Criminal Case: 10 Things You Must Know 2017
2016 New Lawyer Experience How to Handle Your First Criminal Case: 10 Things You Must Know 2016
2015 New Lawyer Experience How to Handle Your First Criminal Case: 10 Things You Must Know 2015
Minnesota CLE Live Webcast Minnesota’s New Expungement Law 2014
Life After Mitchell Legal Career Development 2012
Law Student Networking Mixer From Classes To Clients 2012
Immigration Workshop Conquering Family & Employment Immigration Forms 2012
Hangin’ Out a Shingle Tips On Starting Your Own Law Practice 2012
English Undergraduate Career Panel English Undergraduate Career Panel 2012
2012 New Lawyer Experience Candid Advice for New Lawyers 2012

If You Need a Top Minnesota Criminal Lawyer Call 312-338-5007



With offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota, Keyser Law, P.A. handles cases throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area including:




Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Woodland and Hassan Township.



Afton, Bayport, Birchwood Village, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on St. Croix, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Scandia, St. Marys Point, St. Paul Park, Stillwater, Willernie, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Baytown, Denmark, Grey Cloud Island, May, West Lakeland, Garen and Point Douglas.


Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Township.


Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis.


Apple Valley, Burnsville, Coates, Eagan, Farmington, Hampton, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Northfield, Randolph, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion and West St. Paul.