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About

John is a native of Spirit Lake, Iowa. In 2010 John graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in law school John served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy and worked at a private criminal defense firm in downtown Minneapolis. John enjoys litigation and focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation. John practices in both Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota. 

Over the past decade John has placed a special emphasis on OWI defense and very serious felony cases including homicides, kidnappings, arsons, drug trafficking, and sexual assaults. John is certified in both SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Tests) and DRE (Drug Recognition) as well as the DataMaster DMT breath testing device. John belongs to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). In addition, John attends frequent intensive forensic training in GC/MS at Axion labs in Chicago, Illinois. John frequently lectures at attorney training seminars throughout Iowa and Minnesota and serves as the President and Chairman of the Iowa State Bar Association Criminal Law Section. John is also the president of the Dickinson County Bar Association.  John attends training at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming.

John and his wife, Elizabeth, moved back to Spirit Lake in 2010 from the Twin Cities to join Sandy Law Firm. Elizabeth is a local realtor and when not in the courtroom or law office John enjoys spending time with his wife, three active boys, and sitting in the tree stand with a bow.

 

EDUCATION

B.A. University of St. Thomas, 2007; Cum Laude 
J.D. University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2010; Dean’s Honors

 

EMPLOYMENT

Sandy Law Firm, P.C. | Spirit Lake, Iowa | 2014-present, Partner   

Minnesota Assistant Public Defender | District 5 | 2014-present  

Sandy Law Firm, P.C. | Spirit Lake, Iowa | 2010-2013, Associate   

Colich & Associates | Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2009-2010 Private Criminal Defense Firm 

United States Federal Public Defender | Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2008-2009 Clerk

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Iowa State Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

ISBA Criminal Law Section—President and Chair
Dickinson County Bar Association-President 

Board Director for Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation

DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)

National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)

 

LICENSURES

Iowa State Court
Minnesota State Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Iowa PERB Mediator

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PUBLISHED CASES

State v. Louwrens, 792 N.W.2d 649 (Iowa 2010)

State v. Lowery, 876 N.W.2d 814 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015)

State v. Dahl, 874 N.W.2d 348 (Iowa 2016)

State v. Morse, 878 N.W.2d 499 (Minnesota 2016)

Ney v. Ney, 891 N.W.2d 446 (Iowa 2017)

State v. Russell, 897 N.W.2d 717 (Iowa 2017)

Reed v. Palmer, 906 F.3d 540 (7th Cir. 2018)

 

CONTACT

(712) 336-5588, ext. 3
jmsandy@sandylawpractice.com