One of the worst things that can happen in a lawyer’s professional relationships is the death of a partner. When criminal defense attorney Rebecca Duren’s partner, Dennis Casey, died nine months into their practice, it caused personal grief and also doubled her caseload.
She secured three not-guilty verdicts in felony matters in the following months.
A former public defender, Duren was used to a big caseload, but still. But she notes she has the assistance of a very supportive criminal defense bar. “We rely on each other,” she says.
Attorney Mel Welch says Duren “has had significant success in criminal defense, obtaining numerous acquittals and respectable results in complicated cases, such as criminal sexual conduct, assaults, weapons charges and murder. She was instrumental in avoiding a murder conviction in Dakota County through a wise plan of defense to serve her client’s best interests.” That case was pleaded down to first-degree aggravated robbery.
Duren says she planned on being a transactional attorney but got bitten by the defense bug as a clerk in the Ramsey County public defender’s office. She was a public defender in Noble County before starting her practice. She says, “I like being in a courtroom. I like being a trial attorney.”