If you are interested in donating to Derek Chauvin’s legal defense fund, his mother has set up a legal defense fund at the following link: https://givesendgo.com/chauvinlegaldefense. Any donations will not be tax deductible, and may have gift tax implications under federal or state law. Please consult an attorney if you have concerns about the tax implications of any potential donation. Donations may be made anonymously.

Erick G. Kaardal

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Practice Areas:

  • Governmental Relations – Litigation & Appellate Practice
  • Banking/Real Estate and Corporate Practice
  • Trusts, Estates, Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Trial Practice


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Harvard College
    • 1988
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court

Representative Cases

  • Republican Party of Minnesota v. White (U.S. Supreme Court victory 5-4), 2002
  • Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky (U.S. Supreme Court victory 7-2), 2018


  • Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Liberty, Institute for Justice
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Life Legal Defense Foundation "Defender of Life" Award Winner – 2021

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Republican Party of Minnesota, Past Secretary/Treasurer
  • John Adams Society, Past Chairman
  • Minnesota Chapter of the Federalist Society, Advisory Board Member

Past Positions

  • Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, PA - since January 1, 2000
  • Trimble & Associates, Ltd., Associate Attorney, 1994-1999
  • Faegre & Benson, Associate Attorney, 1992-1994
  • U.S. Army Reserves, Minnesota and Illinois National Guard, Field Artillery Officer, Captain (retired)