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Richmond H. McCluer, Jr.Richmond H. McCluer, Jr. is a trial lawyer. 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 as Minnesota Superlawyers. Richmond McCluer was first selected a criminal law Superlawyer 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 as a Superlawyer, including each year from 2005 through 2018.

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.

From1988 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.

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Richmond McCluer with "The Best Trial Lawyer in America" Gerry Spence, at the University of Wyoming's Western Trial Advocacy Institute.

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