Maslon is pleased to announce that Steve Schleicher, trial attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been honored with the 2017 Presidents Award by the Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators (MSANI)—an organization made up of over 300 local, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers as well as state and federal prosecutors—during its annual conference on May 25, 2017. The award is given to those individuals who have shown a life-long dedication to the protection of the citizens of the State of Minnesota through drug enforcement and prosecution.
A former federal prosecutor, Steve worked for 13 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office, serving as the Deputy Criminal Chief of the Special Prosecution Section (2014-2016) and as the St. Paul Branch Chief. Throughout his long career in public service, Steve prosecuted a wide variety of narcotics cases including several high profile matters. Such matters included: Operation Spring Cleaning, a long term investigation of three major crack cocaine dealers utilizing state wiretap statutes culminating in a 13 location takedown, the arrest of over 20 defendants, and a variety of criminal charges; Operation Blood Drive, a historic conspiracy against over 20 members of the Rolling 30’s Bloods; Operation Round Trip, a historic conspiracy involving 2.5 metric tons of cocaine shipped through a network of cars with electronic hidden compartments; and Operation Native Mob, a RICO and historic drug conspiracy against over 20 members of the Native Mob, a gang that has inflicted violence and spread drugs in every native community in Minnesota.
In 2016, he served as a prosecutor on the Jacob Wetterling case and was recognized as an "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer. Additionally, in 2017 Steve was awarded the Julius E. Gernes Prosecutor Award by the MSBA Public Law Section for his dedicated work. He brings 21 years' experience as a trial lawyer to his work at Maslon where he focuses on high stakes civil litigation and products liability cases as well as investigative and white-collar criminal matters.