St Louis Criminal Defense Attorney
Tory Bernsen

Tory Dowd Bernsen is a partner at Muhlenkamp & Bernsen, Attorneys at Law, LLC. She specializes in criminal defense, DWI, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Muhlenkamp and Ms. Bernsen first began working together at a large criminal defense firm in St. Louis in 2008. They represented clients for several years on numerous matters, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. During that time, they developed a trusted relationship, which enabled them to work well together and advocate effectively for their clients. Ms. Bernsen specialized in appellate advocacy until she left the firm and began working for the State of Missouri prosecuting administrative DWIs and representing the State on various driver license matters. Mr. Muhlenkamp remained at the firm and continued representing clients in state and federal trial courts. In 2015, they decided to open their own firm, specializing in criminal defense and appellate practice. Based on their prior experiences in the field, Muhlenkamp & Bernsen’s founding principle is to encourage and foster a direct line of communication between the attorney and the client. The firm values success by the quality of representation, the positive results realized, and the attention to detail it provides to all clients as opposed to the number of files opened. Ms. Bernsen and Mr. Muhlenkamp possess “big firm” knowledge and experience while providing it in an individualized and compassionate “small firm” setting. They are open 24/7 and offer free consultations.

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Bar Admissions:

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2011
  • Missouri, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2011


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH – Juris Doctorate
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Bachelor of Arts


  • “Top 40 Under 40,” The National Trial Lawyers – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” The National Trial Lawyers – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • “Top Attorney: DUI  – Superb.” Avvo, Inc.
  • “Top Attorney: Criminal Defense  –Superb,” Avvo, Inc.
  • “Top Attorney: Appeals  – Superb,” Avvo, Inc.

Professional Associations:

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Secondary School Committee
  • National Association of Professional Women


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