Matthew R. Thibodeau
Trial Group North, PLLP
800 Lonsdale Building
302 W. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-0073
Fax: (218) 722-0390
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Employment Position: Partner

Areas of Trial Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1997
  • North Dakota, 2011
  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • Pennsylvania 2021
  • U.S. Virgin Islands 2022
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota 2012


  • University of St. Thomas -- B.A., 1993
  • University of Minnesota Law School -- J.D., 1997
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy 2008
  • Maryknoll Institute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association - President 2021
  • Diversity Committee 2013-present
  • 11th District Bar Association

Community and Service (Past and Present)

  • Rotary
  • Historic Union Depot Corporation
  • John S. Duss Music Conservatory
  • Duluth Community Task Force
  • Alworth Institute for International Studies
  • The Damiano Center
  • Junior Achievement
  • Public Defender


  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Aymara
  • Quechua

Honors and Awards

Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year


Minnesota Super Lawyer Rising Star

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Top Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

Received for "social improvement to major contemporary problems, important contributions to community, state and nation and philanthropic contribution and voluntary service." Awarded by the Minnesota Junior Chamber of Commerce for work in youth development in Minnesota and Bolivia, South America.

Paul Harris Fellow

Received for "tangible and significant assistance given for furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world." Awarded by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for founding The Dream Fund, a Mano a Mano scholarship program allowing Bolivian children the chance to prepare for and attend post-secondary education.

B. Warren Hart Distinguished Service Award

Received for "dedication to service and humanities." Awarded by the Saint Paul Jaycees for youth development work in Minnesota and Bolivia.

Founders Day Award

Awarded by the Duluth Marshall High School for embodying the principles upon which the school was founded for over 100 years ago.


SLDO Diversity Award for Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association submitted while President in 2021 and awarded in 2022.

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