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Derek Thooft

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Association of America's Top Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 2020
Rated by Super Lawyers Rising Stars Derek Thooft


Derek Thooft is the owner and founder of Thooft Law LLC and specializes in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, expungements and other practice areas. Derek has experienced a substantial amount of success in court throughout the course of his young career. His dedication to case preparation as well as a firm understanding of the law, compliments his natural ability as a litigator, negotiator and orator.

Derek graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.  During law school, Derek participated in a number of activities including Moot Court, the Community Justice Project and the Public Defender Externship.  In addition, Derek worked for the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, the Ramsey County public defenders office, and worked at a local law firm.  In these capacities, Derek gained experience in criminal law, civil rights law, personal injury law, and appellate law.

He is committed to representing his clients. Whether it involves accusations of criminal conduct, debilitating injuries or small business dealings, he is committed to pursuing the best outcome for his clients through passionate and zealous advocacy.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys traveling, good food, sports and the outdoors. 

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Trusts, Wills & Estates
  • Restraining Orders
  • Expungements
  • General Practice

Current Employment Position

  • Owner and Founder


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court
    • Honors: Community Justice Project
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota


  • Top 40 Under 40, Association of Americas Top Lawyers
  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers

Past Positions

  • Barna Guzy & Steffen, Law Clerk
  • Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office
  • Ramsey County Public Defenders Office