As an attorney focusing on criminal defense, Elyssa Danahy represents a broad range of individuals united by their need for effective advocacy in often dire circumstances.
Elyssa’s passion for criminal law reflects both her desire to represent those who need it most, as well as the satisfaction that a born litigator derives from successful courtroom advocacy. “I was a debater before I knew what the word meant – the ultimate know-it-all kid,” says Elyssa. “During law school, I participated in the UST National Trial Advocacy Team and I worked as a public defender. And even today I volunteer as a high school mock trial coach.”
Fundamentally for Elyssa, the practice of criminal law speaks to fairness and the kind of society we want to live in. “People are never more vulnerable than when they have been accused of a crime. If they’re to have a voice in what happens to them, competent representation is essential. My practice gives me the opportunity to deploy my talents where they’re truly needed.”
Elyssa Banwell earned her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she studied political science.
- Admitted to practice in the Federal Court in the District of Minnesota
- Former Law Clerk – Judge Gina M. Brandt, Hennepin County District Court, Serious Felony Division
- Former Law Clerk – 10th District Public Defender – Anoka County, Minnesota
- Mock Trial Coach – Wayzata High School