Robert D. Sicoli
Bob has been a criminal defense attorney for the past 27 years. Bob practices exclusively in the area of white collar criminal defense and serious criminal defense in state and federal courts. He has successfully represented corporations and individuals accused of mail fraud, tax evasion, and environmental crimes. He has also obtained jury acquittals for individuals charged with white collar fraud, criminal sexual conduct, criminal vehicular homicide, assault, home invasion, drug offenses, arson, and DUI. Bob has developed a reputation for being one of the “go to” attorneys for individuals and businesses being investigated for and/or charged with complicated white collar cases. For example, Bob represented the President of Denny Hecker’s automobile business in a federal Indictment on mail and wire fraud charges in an alleged fraud involving millions of dollars. Bob also represented the Vice President of a well-known real estate developer, who was charged in federal court with several counts of mail and wire fraud involving over ten million dollars. In 2013, Bob represented a Mankato bar owner under investigation by the IRS for tax evasion involving allegations that the bar owner did not report over $400,000 of income from the bar. After extensive investigation by Bob and his team, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota declined to prosecute Bob’s client, and the IRS also agreed to not pursue a civil tax collection case against Bob’s client. In addition to his trial work, Bob has developed an expertise in criminal appeals. Bob successfully argued in the Minnesota Supreme Court for a new trial for a client convicted of Assault in the First Degree, and also successfully argued in the Minnesota Supreme Court that the Minnesota Pattern Sex Offender statute was unconstitutional as it was applied to Bob’s client.
Bob obtained a B.A. from the University of Minnesota cum laude in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude in 1986. Bob is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court in the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Eighth Circuit.
He also holds the rare qualification of a MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialist. He has been voted a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” in White Collar Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense by his peers every year since 1996. This honor is given to the top Minnesota lawyers as determined by other Minnesota lawyers. He has also had the preeminent rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell since 1994. This is the top rating a lawyer can receive for competence and ethics by Martindale Hubbell, and is awarded to attorneys based upon recommendations from other lawyers who practice in the area of criminal defense.
Beyond his criminal practice, Bob volunteers his legal skills as a consultant for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
Ryan P. Garry
Ryan is a Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and has developed a reputation as an accomplished trial attorney. Less than 1% of criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota have achieved this certification.
Ryan has acquitted clients in cases ranging from DWI, to a national interest First Amendment victory, to five “not guilty” jury verdicts in the last two years. He recently acquitted an innocent person charged with Felony Third Degree Assault, obtained a complete jury acquittal for a client charged with Felony Domestic Assault Strangulation, and exonerated a nurse practitioner in a high profile Aiding First Degree Murder case in Hennepin County. Ryan practices in state and federal court, and has recently litigated a variety of federal cases ranging from mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, witness tampering, bank robbery, and tax evasion. Within the last couple of years he has litigated, to verdict, jury trials ranging from Felony Strangulation, Assaulting a Police Officer, Federal Bank Robbery, First Degree Assault, Felony Domestic Assault, and Federal Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Ryan also handles appellate issues, and has argued before the Minnesota Court of Appeals on a homicide case.
The vast majority of Ryan’s clients are referred from other lawyers, prosecutors who have litigated against him in trial, former presiding judges, and past clients. Ryan frequently represents lawyers, doctors, police officers, and other professionals accused of crimes. He is often sought out on high profile cases where the stakes are high.
Ryan is a board member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the editor The Challenger magazine. He is also a board member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and a frequent speaker at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars. Ryan has been named a Rising Star “Super Lawyer” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in 2014 was named a “Super Lawyer.”
Elizabeth R. Duel
Elizabeth is a crucial attorney with the firm, working both in court and, just as importantly, “behind the scenes.” She worked for Ryan Garry prior to the creation of Sicoli & Garry. Since the day she was sworn in, Elizabeth has been active in the courtrooms. She is admitted in both state and federal court. Behind the scenes, she writes and researches issues and motions. Her acute knowledge of all aspects of the firm’s case, her ability find hidden legal issues to challenge prior to trial, and her expertise in technology, such as Trial Director, a program utilized by the United States Attorney’s Office, have helped secure not guilty verdicts and pretrial dismissals in serious felony cases.
Elizabeth received her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from St. Olaf College, graduating cum laude. Elizabeth then received her J.D. from University of St. Thomas School of Law. While at St. Thomas Law, Elizabeth was on Law Review and participated in the school’s peer mentor program. Elizabeth is still active at St. Olaf as a mentor through the St. Olaf Career Network, answering questions and providing advice regarding law school and the legal profession.
Elizabeth knew early in her legal career that she wanted to practice criminal defense. Prior to entering to law school, she interned at the Rice County Attorney’s Office. Since she began law school, 100% of her focus was criminal defense. Throughout law school she was involved with various organizations. She interned with Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., she had a mentor at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, she interned with the United States Federal Defender’s Office for the District of Minnesota, and she externed with the former Chief Judge of Hennepin County District Court Criminal Division.
Outside of work, Elizabeth teaches violin, plays music, and volunteers for Everybody Wins, which is an organization that goes to an elementary school to help students with reading.
Shelly L. Larson
Shelly received her Legal Secretary degree from the Minnesota School of Business in 1986, graduating with Honors. She has worked for several law firms during her career including 11 years at Rider & Bennett. She has worked in various areas of the law including employment law, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, insurance defense, and now currently criminal defense.
In April of 2010, Shelly joined Ryan Garry as a Legal Assistant. An integral part of the office, Shelly speaks with clients, prosecutors, and judicial clerks on a daily basis, answering questions, juggling schedules, and filing court documents. The first friendly face you see when you enter the office, Shelly keeps everything running smoothly from the beginning to the end of the day. Her patience, perseverance, kindness, and empathy with our clients represents the background core of Sicoli & Garry, PLLC.
Ray S. DiPrima
Prior to opening up his own private investigation practice, DiPrima Investigations, Ray DiPrima was an Analyst/Investigator with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office Organized Crime Intelligence Unit and a Special Agent at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for 25 years. While at the BCA, Ray specialized in conducting due diligence investigations and state and federal prosecution of complex white-collar felony crimes such as arson, bribery, investment swindles, mortgage, real estate, securities, and consumer fraud. He interviewed witnesses, wrote search warrants, testified in court, and learned the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Ray was recognized by the BCA for investigative excellence in State v. Marjorie Caldwell Hagen, which is profiled in Sharon Darby Hendry’s Glensheen’s Daughter: the Marjorie Congdon Story. His work on State v. Stephne Zanter—the murder of 3M employee Sharon Bloom—was featured on the Cold Case program and the Discovery Channel.
Now, having started his own private practice, Ray is hired by a number of organizations and businesses, including criminal defense law firms, to investigate a wide array of activities. Ray is an integral part of Sicoli & Garry, PLLC. Having been with the firm from its inception, Ray investigates every type of crime that the firm defends, from DWI to Murder to sophisticated White Collar Crime. With almost 30 years of law enforcement experience as a special agent, his skills and experience are treasured assets at the firm.
Gary R. Thorvig
Gary has been an investigator specializing in white-collar crime for over 35 years. He began his career with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service where he received much of his training. Over the past 25 years, he has helped defend hundreds of cases at the federal and state level and has testified numerous times in court. Gary has expertise in the areas of interviewing witnesses, analyzing financial documents, exploring defense strategies, writing reports, and trial testimony. Having been with Sicoli & Garry, PLLC since its inception, Gary’s experience is a vital part of the firm.