Samantha Foertsch


Samantha is Bruno Law’s “Ghost in the Machine,” brilliantly defending Bruno Law’s clients through her research and writing. A law school salutatorian, Samantha is one of the best legal minds in criminal defense. She is responsible for Bruno Law’s motion practice and appeals, completing all the firm’s research and writing. Samantha has been instrumental in numerous victories before the state and federal district and appellate courts.

Licenses and Education

  • Minnesota District Court , 2013
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2017
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. 2013
    Magna Cum Laude
  • College of St. Benedict, B.A. 2009


  • Salutatorian, William Mitchell College of Law, 2013
  • Bench & Bar, Notes & Trends, Criminal Law Section, Co-Author, November 2014 to Present
  • Minnesota DWI Deskbook, Physical Control Chapter, Co-Author
  • With Equal Right, Summer 2012 Edition, Contributing Author
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, General Member and Annual Dinner Planning Committee Member, 2010 to Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2013 to Present
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2013 to Present
  • Juris Divas, Member, 2012 to Present

More About Samantha

Samantha graduated second in her class and magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, where she received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for earning the top grade in Advocacy, Appellate Law and Practice, and Constitutional Law. Prior to law school, Samantha graduated from the College of St. Benedict.

Samantha joined Bruno Law as a law clerk after her first year of law school, completing her remaining two years of law school while working full time. She has presented at CLEs throughout Minnesota, is a monthly columnist in the Bench and Bar Magazine, and has written for the Minnesota Women Lawyers quarterly journal and the Minnesota DWI Deskbook.

In her free time, Samantha enjoys relaxing at home with her husband Stephen, their children, Brooks and Colette, and Goldendoodle, Penny Sue.


I chose Bruno Law to represent and guide me through legal defense issues. This is due to the reputation and incredibly high standards of the professionals within the firm, particularly Samantha Foertsch. I have experienced her to be conscientious, intelligent, efficient, and effective! She is dynamic in her role and I would highly recommend her to others who are seeking legal defense counsel.
- S.M.
I was involved in a highly publicized case that threatened my employment, and my freedom. Samantha, through her writing and research, was instrumental in convincing the Judge that the charges against me were not only unfounded, but also unjust. Her work was a big part of getting all charges against me dismissed. Samantha is clearly an indispensable part of the legal team at Bruno Law that got me my life back. Thanks, Sammi.
- S.R.
Bruno Law has been a friend to law enforcement for decades, and I have referred my officers to the firm for representation in use of deadly force cases, and others. In that time, I've noticed how vital Samantha's work is to the firm. Her research and writing is second to none, resulting in an impeccable work product that has saved the careers of many through dismissals, appellate victories, and even creating leverage in settlement negotiations. Her work is so amazing, that I've seen her legal arguments convince prosecutors they do not have a case. I would recommend Samantha as a part of the Bruno Law team to anyone in need of their services.
- J.D.

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