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Extensive Experience in Appellate Law

Felhaber Larson has extensive experience in appellate law and white collar defense. This practice is led by Jon Hopeman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney with several years of experience in the criminal justice arena. The Felhaber white collar defense team represents both businesses and individuals in administrative and criminal investigations and prosecutions from a wide variety of federal and state agencies, including:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Minnesota Department of Labor
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Minnesota Nursing Board
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service

We also handle related civil matters and qui tam litigation. We advocate for our clients from the moment they become aware of an investigation until the matter is resolved. When appropriate, we draw on the expertise of seasoned attorneys from other practice areas in our firm to provide the best defense possible.

Our Appellate Law and White Collar Defense litigators offer expertise in multiple areas, including:

  • Anti-kickback
  • Arson
  • Bank fraud
  • Equity stripping
  • False Claims Act
  • Health care fraud/Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Licensure issues
  • Mail fraud
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Perjury
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax evasion/fraud
  • Wire fraud

Our appellate lawyers have extensive experience prosecuting and defending appeals at the state and federal levels. We have several attorneys who have worked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. In addition, our law firm has handled literally hundreds of appeals.

Jon L. Farnsworth


Consumer and Business Services, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Software, Technology

Sara Gullickson McGrane


Banks and Financial Institutions, Electric Cooperative Utilities, Health Care, Higher Education, Software/High Tech

Jessica J. Nelson


Banks and Financial Institutions, Churches & Religious Organizations, Health Care

Bradley T. Smith




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