Tony Atwal

Special Counsel

Phone: 612.343.3229

Phone: 612.343.3229


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Tony Atwal joined Blackwell Burke as Special Counsel in 2020. Tony focuses his practice on all aspects of trial and appellate litigation. Immediately prior to joining the firm, Tony was a Minnesota district court judge and presided over civil, criminal, juvenile, and family court cases. Prior to his judicial appointment, as an attorney, Tony litigated class action lawsuits nationwide in federal and state courts in the areas of pharmaceutical drugs, financial services, healthcare, wage and hour, consumer and insurance law. In addition, Tony has briefed and argued over 120 cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Since 2009, Tony has been an appellate advocacy adjunct professor of law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and was awarded professor of the year in 2016. Tony has also co-authored chapters in the Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook and the Minnesota Practice Jury Instruction Guide.

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
State Court of Minnesota
JAMS California Alternative Dispute Resolution


William Mitchell College of Law
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Juris Doctor 2003

Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon
Bachelor of Science, Economics 1996


Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Stand Down Pro Bono Attorney
Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender’s Pro Bono Attorney
University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program

Vice-President and Board Member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
Ambassador for the Adoption Is Love Fund
Ambassador for Safe Families Minnesota


Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
Moderator, “The Independent Counsel and Special Counsel Law”
Moderator, “Changing the Game: Preventing Terror Recruiting in Minnesota”

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Appellate Practice Institute
Moderator, “A Fireside Chat with the Honorable James B. Loken of the Eighth Circuit
Court of Appeals”

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education
Presenter, “Employment Law: Appeals for the Non-Specialist”

Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook Annual Seminar
Presenter, “Appellate Review of Circumstantial Evidence: Criminal and Civil”

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presenter, “Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Fair Credit Reporting Act”

Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook
Co-Author, “Appellate Review of Circumstantial Evidence: Criminal and Civil”

Minnesota Practice Jury Instruction Guide
Committee Co-Author, “Volumes 10 and 10A”


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