Tony Atwal

Special Counsel

Phone: 612.343.3229

Phone: 612.343.3229


Download vCard


Tony Atwal focuses his practice on all aspects of trial and appellate litigation, including securities, product liability, and class action litigation. Immediately prior to joining the firm, he was a Minnesota district court judge and presided over civil, criminal, juvenile, and family court cases. Prior to his judicial appointment, as an attorney, Mr. Atwal 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.

Mr. Atwal has also briefed and argued over 120 cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Since 2009, he has been an appellate advocacy adjunct professor of law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and was awarded professor of the year in 2016. Mr. Atwal has also co-authored chapters in the Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook and the Minnesota Practice Jury Instruction Guide.

When he is not zealously defending clients, Mr. Atwal enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.


  • 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 (J.D. 2003)

Pacific University (B.S. 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


  •  Max Mason Posthumous Pardon. Collaborated with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., the Minnesota Historical Society, members of the Federal Bar, and other supporters, to successfully secure the posthumous pardon of Max Mason, who was wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1920. The posthumous pardon was the first ever in Minnesota history, in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Mason’s conviction and the brutal lynching of three Black circus workers in Duluth.


Email Disclaimer Close

Sending us an email will not make you a client of our firm. Until we have agreed to represent you, nothing you send us will be confidential or privileged.

If your email is related to representation, the best way for you to inquire about a possible representation is to call a Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney at one of the telephone numbers listed on our Attorney's page. An attorney will first take you through our conflict of interest procedure and see that you are put in touch with the lawyer best suited to handle your matter.

If you proceed with an email, you confirm that you have read and understand this notice. To proceed, click I Agree.