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Mark Edward Arneson

About me

I have been practicing criminal law for over 18 years.  I began my career as a prosecutor and used the experience I gained  to aggressively defend those accused of a crime. 

My philosphy is that everyone is entitled to excellent representation no matter what type of charge they are facing.  I handle all cases from serious felonies to petty misdemeanors.

Named Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in Minnesota!

Named Top 100 Trial Attorney in Minnesota!

Named "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics!

"Superb" rating with AVVO!

Successfully Defended Thousands of Criminal Defense Clients!

Proven Results!


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 48%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 47%
    19 years
  3. Expungement: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Judd S Nemiro

    A top notch attorney who has great knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Gerald A Miller

    I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a highly knowledgeable and experienced lawyer in the area of criminal and DWI law. His reputation is A+. He zealously represents his clients to the highest degree. I give him my full endorsement


    Gerald Miller DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Arneson & Geffen

333 Washington Avenue North, Suite 415
Minneapolis, MN, 55401-1370


MNAuthorized to practice199707/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in MinnesotaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys MinnesotaNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 DWI Attorneys in MinnesotaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Criminal DefenseSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services2012
Criminal DefenseSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services2011
Criminal DefenseSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services2010
Crimianl DefenseSouthern Minnesota Regional Legal Services2009
Rising StarMinneapolis St. Paul Magazine2004
Rising StarSuperLawyers2004
Rising SarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarMinnestoa Law and Politics2003
rising starMinneapolis St. Paul Magazine2003
Rising StarSuperLawyers2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerArneson & Geffen2008 - 2012
AttorneyArneson & Associates2001 - 2008
Associate AttorneyMeshbesher Law Office1999 - 2001
Prosecuting AttorneyRajkowski Hansmeier1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2011
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2010 - 2011
Hennepin County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. PainterState dismissed case at trial
State v. MogendiTrial Verdict, Not Guilty
State v. AurzadaTrial Verdict, Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota State Bar AssociationUrine Testing in DWI Cases2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawN/AN/A1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Justice InstitueDWI Testing2010