Steve Schleicher, experienced trial lawyer and partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been appointed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison as a Special Assistant Attorney General to serve, on a pro bono basis, as a member of the prosecution team for the George Floyd case. Steve is one of four seasoned attorneys and trial lawyers from both private practice and in house selected to join the larger team of attorneys from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office under the leadership of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
In the announcement, Attorney General Ellison states "Out of respect for Judge Cahill's gag order, I will say simply that I've put together an exceptional team with experience and expertise across many disciplines. We are united in our responsibility to pursue justice in this case."
Upon his appointment, Steve stated, "I am proud to serve as a Special Counsel in the George Floyd homicide case, continuing Maslon's long tradition of pro bono service."
To read the full announcement, visit: "Seasoned attorneys join AG Ellison's team pro bono in George Floyd case."
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Steve is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who concentrates his work on criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and high stakes civil litigation. He also serves as co-chair of Maslon's Government & Internal Investigations Group. Steve has 24 years' experience as a trial lawyer, having spent his career as a prosecuting attorney before joining Maslon. A former federal prosecutor, he 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. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Steve worked at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office and Winona County Attorney's Office. Steve also served 10 years as a JAG Corps Officer in the United States Army Reserve.
Throughout his career, Steve has prosecuted a diverse variety of criminal cases, including homicide, criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery, assault, and other violent crime; complex narcotics conspiracies; racketeering; organized crime; fraud; money laundering, and civil rights violations. He has also had numerous jury trials and has conducted hundreds of investigations. In 2016, he served as a prosecutor on the Jacob Wetterling case and was recognized as an "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer for his dedicated work.