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Howard Bass - Burnsville, MN

3000 County Road 42 WestSuite 310 Burnsville, MN 55337

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Updated: 12/30/2020

Burnsville Criminal Law Lawyer


A Chicago native, Howard Bass enrolled at Mankato State University in 1977 to play football. He was elected student association president in 1980 and graduated the following year in the top 10% of his class with a degree in political science and economics.

Howard returned to Chicago to attend DePaul University Law School in 1981...


Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1984
  • Minnesota, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1988

Other Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002 - 2003 (President)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 - 2004 (Board Member)
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989 - Present (Member)
  • Mississippi Public Defenders Association, 1986 - 1987 (President)
  • Mississippi Public Defenders Association, 1985 - 1987 (Board Member)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, 2005 - Present (Board Member)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, 2005 - Present (Volunteer Attorney)
  • Mississippi Civil Liberties Union, 1985 - 1987 (Board Member)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lakeville South High School Mock Trial Coach, 2004 - 2008
  • Lakeville Youth Football, Basketball & Soccer Coach, 1997 - 2004
  • Open Circle Church Outreach Ministry Team Leader, 2004 - 2007
  • Open Circle Church Youth Group Leader, 2002 - 2006
  • Open Circle Church Sunday School Teacher, 1995 - 2000
  • mnpACT! (Minnesota Network for Progressive Action) Board Member, 2004 - Present
  • mnpACT! (Minnesota Network for Progressive Action) Treasurer, 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota Voter Protection Project Dakota & Scott County Counsel, 2004 - 2006
  • Camp Wellstone Graduate, 2005 - Present
  • Senate District 35 DFL Chair, 2005 - 2008
  • Senate District 35 DFL Treasurer, 2004 - 2005
  • Scott County DFL Secretary, 2004 - 2005
  • Credit River Township DFL Precinct Chair, 2004 - 2005
  • Minnesotans Against the Death Penalty Steering Committee Member, 2004 - 2006

Past Positions

  • Washington County, Greenville, Mississippi, Assistant Public Defender, 1984 - 1988
  • Thomson & Ellis, St. Paul, Minnesota, Associate, 1988 - 1989
  • Meshbesher & Spence, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Associate, 1989 - 1994
  • Meshbesher & Spence, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Partner, 1994 - 2004


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1984
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Law Review: DePaul Law Review, Managing Editor, 1983 - 1984
  • Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota, 1981
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: President, Mankato State University Student Association, 1980-1981


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • "Quilici v. Village of Morton Grove: Ammunition for a National Handgun Ban", 32 De Paul L. Rev. 317, 1983

Office Information


3000 County Road 42 WestSuite 310 Burnsville, MN 55337


  • 952-224-0185

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weekend and after hours appointments available)


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Past Lists

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  • Minnesota Law & Politics "Super Lawyer", 2001 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2004 - Present
  • Minnesota Monthly "Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota", 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota Law & Politics "Top 40 Criminal Defense Super Lawyers", 2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Outstanding Professionalism Award, 2007
  • American Jurisprudence Award Constitutional Law, 1982

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