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Ethan Patrick Meaney

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Minnesota DWI Lawyer


ETHAN P. MEANEY  is a practicing attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota and focuses in the area of DWI criminal defense.  Prior to that he prosecuted hundreds of DWIs in Hennepin and Goodhue Counties in Minnesota.  Meaney has represented thousands of DWI cases and his recent victories in the Minnesota Court of Appeals cases State of Minnesota v. Paul Scott Demars and Tracey Ernest Wiberg v. Commissioner of Public Safety are just examples of his commitment to quality DWI representation in Minnesota.


Ethan Meaney graduated magna cum laude from Northern State University in 1996 and graduated in 1999 from the University of South Dakota School of Law in the top quarter of his class.  Immediately out of law school Meaney was a Minnesota judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard C. Perkins, Minnesota First Judicial District Court Judge.  He then joined the firm of Hoff, Barry & Kuderer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the sole criminal DWI prosecutor.  From his time prosecuting, Meaney has developed a unique understanding of DWI law from a prosecutor's point of view and has utilized that in successfully representing his current DWI clients.  In 2001 he joined the criminal defense firm, where he defended hundreds of DWI clients throughout Minnesota.  During this time he has tried countless license revocation (Implied Consent), DWI vehicle forfeiture, criminal DWI, and appellate DWI cases.


Ethan Meaney loves practicing in the area of criminal DWI defense because it gives him the opportunity to assist clients in an area of law that has become too harsh on Minnesota drivers, especially with regard to loss of license privileges, loss of vehicle and mandatory jail time.  His goal is to make sure drivers have a voice against an increasingly unsympathetic criminal justice system.


Languages spoken: English, Russian

Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    17 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

63 total 

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  • Derek Anthony Patrin

    If I ever got arrested for DWI, my first phone call would be to Ethan Meaney. From start to finish, Ethan knows the DWI process better than anyone else. He used to prosecute DWI cases, and now he defends them. He knows how prosecutors think and he also clerked for a judge, so he knows how judges think. That knowledge and experience is invaluable when a person is facing a DWI charge. He is also the best cross-examiner of police officers I have ever seen. I'm proud to be Ethan's law partner, and I will always stand by the work and service he provides to our clients.


    Derek Patrin DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Wade J. Skalsky

    Attorney Meaney understands the complex nature of defending DUI/DWI cases. He knows that in addition to being aggressive, an attorney must have an excellent knowledge of the law. His approach to the problems presented for answers on AVVO clearly indicate to me he is an excellent defender of his clients rights. I endorse this lawyer.


    Wade Skalsky DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Meaney & Patrin, PA - THE DWI GUYS

10950 Oakwood Lane North
Champlin, MN, 55316


MNAuthorized to practice199908/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Minnesota Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerMinnesota Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Minnesota Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Worldwide Who's WhoWho's Who Legal2013
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarMinnesota Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMeaney & Patrin, PA2005 - Present
AssociateGerald Miller & Associates, PA2002 - 2005
AssociateHoff, Barry & Kuderer2001 - 2002
Judicial Law Clerk- Honorable Richard C. PerkinsFirst Judicial District, State Of Minnesota1999 - 2001
Law ClerkSouth Dakota Public Utilities Commission1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Criminal LawMember2013 - Present
DUI Litigaton Attorney's NetworkMember2013 - Present
Forensic Science Litigation Attorney NetworkMember2013 - Present
Minnesota DWI AttorneysFounding Member2013 - Present
Worldwide Who's WhoLifetime Member2013 - Present
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Minnesota ChapterMember2013 - Present
DUI LawMember2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
University of South Dakota AlumniMember1999 - Present
Dakota County Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2001
University School of Law Natural Resoures JournalPresident1998 - 1999
University of South Dakota School of Law Natural Resource JournalVice President1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. David John SundrumThe Court of Appeals reversed the trial court noting a lack of evidence in the record to show that the Defendant’s father gave the officer consent to enter the home.
Tracey Ernest Wiberg v. Comm'r of Public SafetyCourt of Appeals reversed decision of lower court
State v. Paul Scott DemarsCourt of Appeals upheld decision of trial court
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Publication nameTitleDate
DWI Guys BlogThe McNeely Case and Its Impact on MN DWI Law2013
Great Plains Natural Resources JournalAre Surface Estates Really Subservient?1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Northern State UniversityCriminal Justice and Political ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1996