Leonardo Castro

Office of the Public Defender
Second Judicial District
Ramsey County Courthouse – Maplewood
2050 White Bear Avenue – Suite 151
Maplewood, MN 55109
T: (612) 266-1992

Leonardo Castro was the Chief Public Defender of Hennepin County – Fourth Judicial District, Minnesota. He has held the appointment since February 2001. His office, the largest public defender office in the state, represents thousands of indigent clients in criminal, delinquency and child protection cases annually. Prior to practicing law he served in the United States Air Force for over seven years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from The University of Maryland and his law degree from Northern Illinois University. Lenny is an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas School of Law and has been a speaker at numerous legal seminars and trial skills advocacy programs.

Lenny currently serves on the Minnesota Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, and is a Governor appointed at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selections.

He has served on numerous state and local Bar committees and served on the board of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association for several years. He is currently Regional President (Region XI) of the Hispanic National Bar Association.