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Derek Anthony Patrin

About me

I was born and raised on the East Side of St. Paul, MN in a large family.  I was the oldest of seven kids, and eventually became the first person in my extended or close family to go to law school.  I spend most of my time working on cases, but in my spare time I am a musician in a cover band.  Playing in the band is a great way to let go of some of the stress caused by working hard all week trying to help people keep their lives in order by defending them in court.  The work I do is demanding but extremely rewarding. 



Languages spoken: Mandarin

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 95%
    17 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Appeals: 5%
    17 years, 30 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin C. Fogle

    I endorse this lawyer. Given Derek's immense knowledge base, which is quickly apparent from reviewing any of his responses, it is an honor simply for him to agree with your answer as a fellow colleague.


    Kevin Fogle Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John O. Knappmann

    I endorse this lawyer. He is at the top of our profession.


    John Knappmann DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Meaney & Patrin, P.A.

4024 151st Ave NW
Andover, MN, 55304


MNAuthorized to practice199907/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Worldwide Who's WhoWho's Who Legal2012
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Special AchievementMinnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
Attorney of the YearMinnesota Lawyer2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMeaney & Patrin, P.A.2005 - Present
AssociateGerald Miller & Associates2001 - 2005
Solo PractitionerDerek A. Patrin, Attorney at Law2000 - 2001
AssociateRider Bennett Law Firm1999 - 2000
Summer AssociateKalina, Wills, Woods & Thompson1998 - 1999
Student AttorneyUniversity Of Minnesota Law School - Civil Practice Clinic1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota DWI AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionAttorney Member2013 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Anoka County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Worldwide Who's WhoLifetime Member2006 - Present
Minnesota Justice FoundationVolunteer Attorney2000 - 2001
Minnesota State Bar Association, 10th District Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
University of Minnesota Law School AlumniMember1999 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jason Jones v. Commissioner of Public SafetyPublished Appellate Decision Reversing Lower Court
State of Minnesota v. Dale Underdahl & Timothy BrunnerWon at the Minnesota Supreme Court
In re: Source Code Evidentiary Hearings in Criminal MattersSplit decision
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of MinnesotaInternational Relations, Chinese Language and LiteratureBS - Bachelor of Science1996
NanKai UniversityChinese LanguageSummer Study Abroad Program1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
John Hines Talk ShowInterview Re: State v. Bernard Decision2014
Saturday Night with Esme MurphyInterview Re: Missouri v. McNeely Decision2013
Consolidated Source Code HearingHearing lays groundwork for case challenging Intoxilyzer2010