Jack Rice - Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer

Jack Rice is a criminal defense trial lawyer who provides legal advice to those charged with crimes in Federal and Minnesota State courtrooms.


Aggressive, Experienced, Effective.

I'm Jack Rice and I am an aggressive and effective criminal defense trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience. I have successfully represented thousands of people across Minnesota who were charged with everything from simple traffic cases to DWIs, to assault and drug charges, to rape and murder. As a former prosecuting lawyer, I stood on the other side of the aisle and put people in jail and prison. As a result, I know how they do it. As a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer, I bring my unique background to each and every case. It is this combination of background and experience that makes all the difference in the world.

While these characteristics are important when representing clients, I believe my most critical skill as a trial lawyer is knowing how to tell a compelling and believable story. In fact, standing in front of twelve jurors in a courtroom, crafting a precise lens for them to see through my client's point of view, is often the difference that puts cases in our favor. This skill is far rarer than one might think. It was John Quincy Adams who said, "Whoever tells the best story wins."  And it's true!

I am the co-founder of Trial Skills International. We teach rule of law and trial advocacy skills around the world. We have taught lawyers in the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Uganda and here in the United States.

Finally and simply, I am not intimidated by the government, by prosecutors, by cops, or by judges. Because they claim something doesn't make it true. I am not intimidated walking into a courtroom, standing up for my clients, or establishing their case with full force. In fact, I relish the opportunity. Knowing that I stand beside them in a courtroom gives my clients confidence, they know are not alone and we are both there to win.

If you or a loved one are facing charges, know these accusations do not define who you are now, but will absolutely define who you will be for the rest of your life.  I fundamentally believe that the presumption of innocence means everything.


Contact me for a
free consultation


(612) 227-1339


370 Selby Avenue, Suite 207
St. Paul, MN 55102



Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM


Areas of Practice


Violent crimes include everything from misdemeanor 5th degree assault, terroristic threats, assault with weapons, to murder. Many of these charges have mandatory prison sentences. 

Probation Violation & Revocation

Probation violations frequently have consequences substantially worse than the original sentence on the underlying charges. As a result, aggressively addressing the violations is critical.


Domestic assault charges include misdemeanor through felony, domestic assault, stalking, and more. Violation of no contact orders and orders for protection in domestic cases can exacerbate initial charges and increase potential penalties. 


Crimes involving sexual assault, rape and child pornography are often the most difficult cases to handle. In Minnesota, Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) consequences can be as severe as any murder case.

Property Crimes

Property crimes can range from simple misdemeanor trespassing to felony burglary and felony criminal damage to property and theft. Worse, the consequences for a conviction can be severe.


Carrying a criminal conviction throughout life can stop you in your tracks. Convictions can impact jobs, housing, loans, hope. Expungement provides the chance to start anew.


One in seven Minnesotans have been convicted of DWIs.  This is one of the most aggressively prosecuted charges people face. Ramifications of convictions extend far beyond possible jail time.


Drug charges range from simple possession of marijuana through felony distribution. Some convictions, even of first offenders, could land people in a prison cell.  

Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile crimes frequently seem inconsequential and most think they will be wiped away when they are an adult. Let’s be clear, some juvenile convictions will follow you forever. 


Whoever tells the most compelling truth wins.
— My personal mantra β€”