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Richmond H. McCluer, Jr.

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  • Criminal Defense
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Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Specialist Criminal Law


Richmond H. McCluer, Jr.

people come to me because they’ve been

accused of a crime and many of them in

fact have committed some kind of crime

perhaps not exactly what they’re charged

with but they are not that crime they’re

a human being and they’re not defined

simply by the charge against them I Awards

received a number of awards when I was a

public defender yeah for felony trial

work a number of times won the district

award for the most felony trials in a

year one award that was very important

to me was the special award which the

public defender’s office gives Special Award

we have a continuous history of fine

lawyers who have taught and mentored

other young lawyers who in turn grow

into the practice and mentor other young


I’m from Winona here and I went to the

University of Minnesota law school

graduated in 1982 from there I went to a

one of the biggest law firms in the

state worked in civil litigation for

about four or five years after that I

came back to my hometown here actually

the at that time senior partner in this

firm was someone I had known since I was

five years old I had a daughter in my

grade school class and our families went

to the same church so dick Darby brought


I’m president of a corporation which

owns a school here we operated as a

nonprofit educational institution we

operate a full-time school we operate

programs at Winona State and Winona YMCA


Richmond H. McCluer, Jr. is a trial lawyer who is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Criminal Law Specialist. Richmond is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Criminal Law Specialist. He is a Winona native and attended Winona Senior High School, Winona State University and the University of Minnesota Law School. He practiced with a national law firm in Minneapolis for several years before returning to Winona in 1988 and joining the law firm of Darby, Delano and Price. While with the firm, he tried a number of major felony cases, including robbery, narcotics, burglary, assault and criminal sexual conduct. In addition, he successfully represented many injured persons in accident and negligence cases. He left the firm in 1993 to enter government service with the Third Judicial District Public Defenders Office, where he served as Chief Trial Lawyer, handling serious felony trials across southern Minnesota. He left government service in 2003 to join with Michael J. Price and John Paul Plachecki to form the law firm of Price, McCluer and Plachecki. In 2004, McCluer was elected President of the Winona County Bar Association.

McCluer has been lead counsel in over 250 jury trials, including homicide, robbery, kidnapping, narcotics, criminal sexual conduct, burglary and assault. He is recognized as a top trial lawyer.

In the annual peer based survey by three Minnesota magazines, Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Twin Cities Business Monthly, close to 20,000 Minnesota lawyers are polled and asked to identify lawyers who excel in specific areas of legal practice. Only 5% of Minnesota lawyers were selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers. Richmond McCluer was first selected to Super Lawyers in 1996, while he was Chief Trial Lawyer for the 3rd Judicial District Public Defenders Office. Since that time he has continued to be recognized on the Super Lawyers list, including each year from 2005 through 2023.

Richmond McCluer is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. This certification program is administered by the Minnesota State Bar Association and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous review process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field. Specialty certification is an achievement earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys.

From 1988 to 2011 he was on the faculty of Winona State University, where he taught Criminal Law, Federal Rules of Evidence and Japanese Karate. He is the president of Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai of Minnesota, a corporation which operates a full time Japanese Martial Arts dojo as well as programs at Winona State University, St. Mary's University of Minnesota and the Winona Family YMCA. He is on the board of several charitable non-profit organizations, including the Winona Area Humane Society.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1982
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1976
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1982

Representative Cases

  • State v. Albrecht, 465 N.W.2d 107, 1991, Minn.App., 1991026747
  • State v. Burbach, No. A04-1530, 2005


  • SuperLawyer 1996, 2005 - 2023

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Winona Area Humane Society, Board Member
  • Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai of Minnesota, President
  • Winona Family YMCA
  • Winona Area Humane Society, President
  • Rotary Club of Winona
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vestryman, 1990 to 1993
  • Winona Boathouse Association, President, 1991 to 1993
  • Winona County Bar Association, President, 2004

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Gamma Eta Gamma

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
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