Jon M. Hopeman

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Jon Hopeman is a trial and appellate attorney in state and federal courts, focusing his practice on white collar criminal defense, appellate advocacy, and corporate compliance investigations. He has won more than 50 jury trials in federal court and more than 50 cases in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jon’s work in criminal defense includes matters pertaining to health care fraud, securities fraud, political corruption, environmental crimes, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, terrorism, murder, and arson. He has conducted investigations for companies facing allegations of fraud, bribery, Medicare fraud, false claims against the government, theft of corporate assets, foreign corrupt practices, environmental offenses, and others.

Jon offers his clients practical insight drawn from decades of legal practice, with particular experience representing individuals facing highly publicized criminal allegations. Clients look to Jon for a comprehensive perspective on the issues they face, speaking to not only the immediate legal issues in question, but also the personal and public challenges that can accompany the scrutiny of criminal investigation and prosecution.

From 1983 to 1994, Jon served as an assistant United States attorney in Minneapolis, where he also served as senior litigation counsel. He also taught at the University of Minnesota Law School for 40 years, teaching on subjects including trial advocacy, criminal procedure, and professional responsibility. Since 2011, Jon has served as co-chair of the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Minnesota. In recognition of his high professional and ethical standards in trial practice, Jon has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Experience

Criminal Defense

  • Partnered with another firm to secure return of $26 million wrongfully seized from internet marketing business by government
  • Obtained federal sentence of probation in multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud case
  • Obtained federal sentence of probation in multimillion-dollar false real estate appraisal case
  • Successfully defended death penalty case in federal court (persuaded U.S. Attorney General not to seek death penalty)
  • Obtained reduced sentence for defendant in federal court in multimillion-dollar fraud in alternative energy business
  • Obtained jury acquittal of corporate executive in federal fraud case; obtained dismissal of second indictment in same investigation
  • Secured misdemeanor sentence in federal court for defendant charged with assault/great bodily harm in Indian Country
  • Obtained sentence of probation in federal court for unlicensed firearms dealer
  • Successfully defended juvenile in federal court in case of murder of ten people
  • Obtained jury acquittal of corporate executive in Clean Water Act case

Investigations & White Collar Defense

  • Conducted internal investigation of allegations of self-dealing for a charity
  • Conducted several internal investigations of allegations of false Medicare billing for health care providers
  • Conducted internal investigation of allegation of diversion of drugs by health care provider
  • Conducted internal investigation of allegation of insider trading by board member of public company
  • Conducted internal investigation of allegation of medical device fraud
  • Secured declination to sue by Securities and Exchange Commission for law firm
  • Secured declination to sue by Securities and Exchange Commission for real estate development firm
  • Secured declination to prosecute from U.S. Attorney for chief financial officer of real estate development firm
  • Secured declination to prosecute or sue from U.S. Attorney in false claims against government case
  • Secured declination of prosecution for U.S. Army employee in theft case in Iraq
  • Secured declination to prosecute from U.S. Attorney in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case for employees of company doing business in India
  • Secured declination to prosecute from U.S. Attorney in fraud case for employees of medical products company
  • Obtained declination to prosecute from state and federal authorities of elected official in alleged corruption case
  • Obtained declination of prosecution by U.S. Attorney of inventor in medical device fraud case
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