Imran Ali

Attorney, Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services


Imran is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and the Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services. As a career long trial lawyer, he also focuses his practice on Complex Litigation, Personal Injury, and Municipal Prosecution.

Imran has been a trial attorney in the public sector for over 17 years. His extensive experience is recognized both in the courtroom and the community. Working extensively with victims of crime has provided Imran with the passion needed to succeed in the courtroom. He has handled some of the most complex cases, including homicide, rape, domestic violence, narcotics related and burglary cases.

In 2014, he spearheaded the East Metro Human Trafficking Taskforce – one of the first trafficking task forces in the state of Minnesota. For the last five years, Imran has prosecuted national and international sex trafficking rings, trained and presented thousands of officers and prosecutors, helped draft legislation and testified for stiffer penalties for sex trafficking offenders.

Imran has spent much of his career engaging those employed within the criminal justice profession. From training new judges in the State of Minnesota at the University of Minnesota law school, to teaching law students at the Mitchell Hamline Law School, Imran enjoys engaging individuals as they chart their career path. Through this he has had the opportunity to train many law enforcement professionals and prosecutors nationally. As the Director of Law Enforcement Education and Training program he empowers participants in serving their communities with honor and integrity while being equipped with the appropriate tools in decision making.

Imran is nationally and locally recognized for his work, receiving Minnesota Attorney of the Year in both 2020 and 2016. He has also received other accolades within the state and area communities.

In his spare time, Imran enjoys spending time outdoors and with family, including his two dogs, Keith and Dustin. He is also a small business owner of, SotaPop, a small online retailer providing Minnesota inspired products.

Education & Admissions


Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
– J.D.

Boise University, Boise, Idaho
– B.S.

Bar Admissions


Affiliations & Involvement

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association
– Member, Criminal Law Section

Community Involvement

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
– Adjunct Professor

University of Minnesota, Instructor for New Minnesota State Court Judges



New Start for Former Prosecutor

Minnesota Lawyer sat down with Imran Ali, Pam Whitmore, and Tom Weidner to discuss Imran’s new role with the firm and the addition of the Training & Consulting Services.

Read the article

Speaking Engagements

Discussing No Knock Warrants – The policy, the law, and alternatives
Minnesota State Bar Association, March 8, 2022

Legislative Update
Northfield Police Department, September 20, 2021

Tanzania Human Trafficking Training
Lawyers Without Borders, September 23, 2021

Court and Trial Prep – Testimony
The Minnesota County Attorney Association, September 24, 2021

Evidence Based Prosecution
Minnesota Jail Conference, February 12, 2020

Sex Trafficking in Your Backyard
National DA Association, March 23, 2021

Safe Harbor for All
Minnesota BCA, January 21, 2020

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As a career trial attorney, I have handled some of the most complex criminal cases in Minnesota. During the current landscape across our nation, law enforcement must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate their sworn duties. It is imperative their training is informative, engaging, and focused on a partnership with communities at large. I have spent my career training law enforcement and prosecutors around the country in these times, experience matters.
Imran Ali