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With over 50 years of experience representing Minnesota families, Meshbesher & Spence's lawyers deliver the best in individualized service & demonstrated results. Our firm draws upon a talented staff of industry experts with unrivaled expertise.
Main Office


416 South Broadway
Rochester  MN  55904

Phone
  • (612) 339-9121
  • (888)728-9866

Other Offices


  • 1616 Park Avenue South
    Minneapolis,  MN  55404

  • 430 US Bank Plaza
    1015 St. Germain Street West
    St. Cloud,  MN  55125

  • Valley Creek Prof. Bldg
    8360 City Centre Dr. - Suite 100
    Woodbury,  MN  55125

Ronald I. Meshbesher

Ron Meshbesher is one of the most well-known and well-respected lawyers in Minnesota, and is the founder and President of Meshbesher & Spence. His unique experience in both civil and criminal courts is unparalleled. He began practicing law at the age of 24 in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office as a prosecutor, where he tried 45 felony cases in his first three years with a 92% conviction rate. He founded this private practice in 1961, and has continued this track record of success throughout his 50-year career at Meshbesher & Spence.


Mr. Meshbesher earned his stellar national reputation as counsel in many highly publicized criminal defense cases in Minnesota criminal courts in the 1970's and 1980's, including the Elizabeth Congdon murder case, the Piper kidnapping case (which still remains the largest unsolved kidnapping case on FBI record), the Dave Forbes hockey assault trial, and countless others. All of these cases resulted in acquittals, or in the case of Forbes, a hung jury.


Mr. Meshbesher's accomplishments in the civil courtroom are equally impressive. He has tried all types of civil cases, including personal injury, will contests, copyright infringement, medical and legal malpractice, and class action, setting multiple state records for the settlements and verdicts he has won for his clients.


He has been recognized as a top lawyer by his peers and by the press in nearly every legal publication in the country, and has earned Distinguished Service or Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.


More impressive, however, are the countless lives Mr. Meshbesher has changed throughout his celebrated career. The foundation of hard work, integrity, and persistent dedication to excellence he laid at Meshbesher & Spence from the beginning continues through the partners and attorneys he's selected to join him on his staff.


License
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1957
  • Bar Number: U.S. Court of Appeal
    , 1965
  • Bar Number: U.S. Supreme Court
    , 1966
Education
  • University of Minnesota
    Juris Doctor , 1957
    Minneapolis - St. Paul

Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder has been a practicing attorney at Meshbesher & Spence for nearly thirty years; he is a partner at the firm, and has been Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors for several years. Mr. Snyder specializes exclusively in representing victims of personal injury and families in cases involving wrongful death.


He has extensive experience in vehicular and construction accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and cases involving catastrophic injuries?such as traumatic brain injury or paralysis?the implications of which involve long-term care planning. He has also often worked on cases in other states and has extensive experience in appeal courts. Mr. Snyder is frequently selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and included in "Minnesota's Top Lawyers" in Mpls/St. Paul.


Mr. Snyder and his wife, Lane Kirchner, live in Saint Paul, where they raised two daughters and attend Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
  • Bar Number: Wisconsin Bar Associ
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 1982
  • University of Minnesota (magna cum laude)
    Bachelor of Arts

John Clifford

John Clifford is an expert in all areas of personal injury law, including car accidents, premises liability, defective products, and complex insurance claims and has also worked on multiple construction accident and slip and fall cases.  He has tried cases in Minnesota and North Dakota state and federal courts. John handled appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Clifford is also a certified AAA Arbitrator in no-fault cases.  He was a first lieutenant in the Vietnam War, and has arbitrated over 200 cases throughout his career. He has been with Meshbesher & Spence since the early 1970's.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Supreme Co
    , 1973
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1974
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1973
  • University of Notre Dame
    Bachelor of Arts , 1966

Andrew Davick

Andrew Davick is an attorney in the Rochester office of Meshbesher and Spence. He practices solely in the areas of personal injury and class action law in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa. He specializes in representing many different kinds of people, old and young alike, who have been painfully injured in accidents or by defective drugs and medications.



Mr. Davick doesn't shy away from difficult situations, is respected by his peers as a loyal, hard-working advocate for his clients, and has been named a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics. He consistently seeks out ways to use the law effectively to help his clients achieve the best possible result. His clients appreciate his helpful, practical approach and frequently mention that working with Mr. Davick’s honest and trustworthy representation made their difficult situation easier to face.



Andrew and his wife, Shana, live in Rochester with his two children, Brendan and Liliana. Andrew enjoys outdoor activities with his family and enjoys volunteer coaching on weekends with his son's sports teams.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Supreme Co
    , 2003
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 2004
Education
  • Hamline University (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 2003
  • Cornell College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1999
    Mt. Vernon, IA

Katherine S. Flom

Kate Flom has over twenty-five years of experience in the courtroom; the last twenty years she's exclusively represented individuals harmed because of another's carelessness or due to sexual harassment or abuse. A personal injury and wrongful death attorney, Ms. Flom is dedicated to helping people who find themselves in difficult situations and in need of her expert help.


She is currently Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors at Meshbesher & Spence, where she handles a wide range of personal injury cases. She spent the first few years of her career as an Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, representing people accused of crimes who had no money for a private attorney. In her work at Meshbesher & Spence, Ms. Flom represents people with muscle and ligament injuries, scarring, fractures, psychological trauma, and injuries causing paralysis or death. Her goal is to help people whose lives have been disrupted by their injuries, and obtain help for job loss, medical bills, disability and and other distress. Her case work covers a wide range—from car accidents to complex medical malpractice claims to victims of sexual abuse.


Ms. Flom has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics annually for the past ten years, and has been lauded by her peers as a leader in multiple professional associations. She has also been involved as a board member for Working Opportunities for Women and the American Lung Association of Hennepin County.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    , 1982
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1990
  • Bar Number: U.S. 8th Circuit Cou
    , 1995
  • Bar Number: Wisconsin Bar Associ
    , 2009
Education
  • Hamline University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1982
  • Bates College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1977
    Lewiston, ME

David Guerrero


Daniel Guerrero is a criminal defense attorney representing individuals throughout the state of Minnesota who have been accused of committing misdemeanors or felony offenses, homicide and firearm offenses. He strives to advocate persuasively for his clients’ cause and insists they be treated fairly. He knows that being a criminal defense lawyer is both challenging
and rewarding work and Mr. Guerrero is committed to uphold the high standards of Minnesota’s criminal defense bar. Throughout his career he has been a respected,
well-liked member of Minnesota’s criminal justice system, building and sustaining relationships necessary to achieve optimal results for his client.



He specializes in all felony and misdemeanor offenses, including drug and sex offenses, assaults, DUI/DWI and traffic violations, theft and embezzlement,
expungements and forfeitures. He is both a trial and and appellate lawyer. Mr. Guerrero’s practice also includes some civil rights litigation, representing individuals in cases
of police brutality. He cares deeply about his clients. His goal at the conclusion of each case is to walk out of the courtroom that final time knowing his
client is in a better place, with a more positive outlook on life than where he or she was when he first met them.



Mr. Guerrero has been an attorney at Meshbesher & Spence since graduating from law school in 1989.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Supreme Co
    , 1989
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1990
  • Bar Number: U.S. 8th Circuit Cou
    , 1990
Education
  • University of Minnesota
    Juris Doctor , 1989
  • University of Minnesota
    Bachelor of Arts , 1986

Tony Nemo

Tony Nemo’s practice focuses on class action, personal injury, and product liability, with a special emphasis on helping people who have been injured by defective drugs and medical devices. Throughout his over 15 years of practice, Mr. Nemo has recovered more than $50 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients. 


Mr. Nemo has extensive experience in both the state and federal appeals courts, involving complex issues of federal court jurisdiction, mass tort resolution, and bankruptcy law. He has represented thousands of people injured by medical devices, such as pacemakers, the Copper-7 and Dalkon Shield IUDs, cardio defibrillators, cochlear implants, and surgical mesh.  He has also helped clients injured by drugs and over-the-counter medications, including Fen-Phen, Redux, Baycol, Permax, Vioxx, and Zicam.


An attorney with Meshbesher & Spence since 1990, Mr. Nemo currently serves on the Firm's Board of Directors. He has lectured at both local and national continuing legal education seminars, has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics, and is listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World.


Mr. Nemo is also actively involved in the Knights of Columbus, the Laymen's Retreat League, the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers, the Owatonna Aware Shrine Club, and the Saint Paul Vulcans.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Supreme
    , 1991
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1992
  • Bar Number: U.S. 4th Circuit Cou
    , 1995
  • Bar Number: U.S. Supreme Court
    , 1996
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 2000
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law
    Law , 1991
  • University of St. Thomas (cum laude)
    Bachelor of Arts , 1986

Konstandinos (Gus) Nicklow

Konstandinos (Gus) Nicklow is a partner with the firm of Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd. He is a trial lawyer who has been with Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd. since 1992. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin and in the United States District Court (Minnesota) and the Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Nicklow practices in the area of civil / business litigation and personal injury / sexual abuse / rape. His civil / business litigation practice includes work in the areas of employment law (discrimination of all types, retaliatory discharge, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, non-compete agreements, severance agreements), contracts, defamation, fraud trade secrets, shareholder and partnership disputes, wills and estates litigation, legal malpractice and insurance claims, to name a few. His work in personal injury / sexual abuse / rape includes working with people injured in car, truck or motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, premise liability, as well as those who have been injured as a result of being sexual abused, raped, sexually assaulted or physically assaulted.


Besides his trial success, Mr. Nicklow has also reached hundreds of very favorable settlements for his clients prior to the start of trial. These includes settlements that have been in the millions of dollars. Mr. Nicklow represents both companies and individuals.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    , 1992
  • Bar Number: Wisconsin Bar Associ
    , 2001
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1992
  • Bar Number: U.S. Court of Appeal
    , 1996
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 1992
  • University of Minnesota (Economics, summa cum laude)
    Bachelor of Arts , 1989

Jeffrey Olmstead

Mr. Oistad is a trial lawyer who has managed the St. Cloud office since it opened in 1991. He represents victims of all types of accidents; the majority of whom have received serious injuries from car or truck collisions, although he has also helped people hurt in construction, farm, and snowmobile accidents, those who have been injured because of defective products or firearms, attacked by vicious animals, or who are dealing with insurance issues.


Mr. Oistad served on the Boad of Directors, and is an active member of Calvary Community Church in Saint Cloud.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    , 1985
Education
  • University of Minnesota (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 1985
  • St. Olaf College (cum laude)
    Bachelor of Arts , 1982

John Sheehy

John Sheehy is an accomplished lawyer and experienced advocate who has represented a wide variety of Minnesotans and their families ranging from farmers and factory workers to corporate executives who have been faced with unnecessary injuries and deaths. John's father, Pat Sheehy, was a champion boxer who pushed him into the ring at an early age. John is still fighting- only now on behalf of his clients. Pat died young and left John's mother, Mae, to raise eight kids twelve and under. His parents' roots were in northern Minnesota, on the range, Duluth, and International Falls. John grew up in St. Louis Park. He worked his way through both college and law school at the University of Minnesota. His background helps him understand the hardships many of his client's families endure, enabling him to work effectively with people of all walks of life and all backgrounds.


John has an unsurpassed record of success with his clients. He has obtained jury verdicts for them that set records in Minnesota in cases involving brain injuries, wrongful death, paralysis, and amputation. He has also obtained for his clients the state's largest jury awards in personal injury, products liability, semi truck collisions, and medical malpractice. John knows how to put together and lead a team of investigators, lawyers, doctors, and economists to effectively investigate and prove his clients cases. His experience can help make a difference for you or your family in any legal matter involving serious injury or death.


John's successes have not only been in court. He has settled many significant cases. He knows that hard work and thorough preparation are necessary to obtain the best results. In his career thus far, he has obtained over one hundred twenty million dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients and their families.


With nearly 30 years of experience with Meshbesher & Spence, John is not only knowledgeable in technical legal matters, he also is familiar with many areas of medicine, science, and engineering from having worked closely with doctors, engineers, and forensic evidence in preparing and trying his clients' cases. He can understand not only the psychological and emotional toll injuries cause his clients, but the treatment and medical procedures they experience. John's judgment and views on many legal matters and issues of advocacy are valued by his peers and other lawyers. Other lawyers throughout Minnesota and the country often consult with John concerning their cases or enlist his help in preparing them.


Out of law school John got the job he dreamed of and hooked on with one of Minnesota's best trial lawyers, Ron Meshbesher. He began his career doing criminal defense work, successfully trying dozens of jury trials in both the criminal and civil areas, including murder, assault, theft, conspiracy, drug distribution, criminal sexual conduct, and police brutality. At that time, John chose this work because it was demanding and to develop his trial and advocacy skills in jury trials. He tried the first murder case involving DNA evidence.


The first case he handled out of law school, a civil rights case against the FBI, went to the United States Supreme Court. Ron Meshbesher had enough confidence in John that he sponsored John to argue the case even though John had not practiced long enough to be admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. Few lawyers in Minnesota have John's depth of experience in both areas of civil and criminal trial work.


John has perennially been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and is also named in Best Lawyers in America. He is one of only two lawyers in Minnesota who has twice been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Minnesota's leading legal journal Minnesota Lawyer. John was also one of a very small number of graduates of the University of Minnesota to be given a Distinguished Achievement award by the College of Liberal Arts.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    , 1984
  • Bar Number: U.S. 8th Circuit Cou
    , 1984
Education
  • University of Minnesota (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 1984
  • University of Minnesota
    Bachelor of Arts , 1981

Pamela J. Spaulding

Pamela J. Spaulding is known at Meshbesher & Spence for her hard work, dedication, and compassion for her clients. She is a Minnesotan, descended from Stearns County farming families, and is proud to devote her law career to helping people fight for their rights in their time of need.


Pam's practice is focused exclusively on representing injured individuals and families involved in wrongful death cases.  She distinguished herself early in her career as co-counsel with John Sheehy, Ronald Meshbesher, and Michael Snyder in obtaining some of the largest verdicts in Minnesota history.  Her in-court experience in significant cases is unmatched by her peers; she is familiar not only with the many legal issues that are involved in these cases, but also the medical complexities of brain and spine injuries, burns, orthopedic injuries, amputations, and other serious injuries.  Most importantly, she understands the devastation needless injuries and death can cause for individual people and their families.


Pam is not, however, just about big cases. She helps many people with non-disabling injuries that adversely affect their quality of life. She has experience in a wide range of cases including automobile and truck collisions, products liability, medical malpractice, and insurance matters such as no-fault, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, and insurance bad faith.


A practicing attorney at Meshbesher & Spence since 2001, Pam has been recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as one of fifteen "Up-and-Coming Attorneys". She continues to distinguish herself as a major player in Minnesota law.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    Minnesota , 2001
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    Minnesota , 2004
Education
  • University of Minnesota (cum laude)
    Juris Doctor , 2001
  • Mankato State University (summa cum laude)
    Bachelor of Science , 1997

Mark Streed

For nearly 25 years, personal injury lawyer Mark Streed has been an advocate for good and decent citizens, helping them assert and protect their legal rights against insurance companies and other large and powerful corporate interests.


Mr. Streed has helped people injured in car accidents and semi-tractor/trailer collisions; senior citizens injured or killed due to neglect by nursing homes and assisted living facilities; and workers injured in accidents at construction or job sites. He has also pursued liability claims against bars and restaurants for their failure to reasonably provide for the safety of their patrons and against owners of dangerous commercial property. In his work as a personal injury lawyer, Mr. Streed has represented clients with injuries as serious as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or severe orthopedic injury, and many with less severe injuries as well.


In urban and rural courtrooms across Minnesota and Wisconsin, Streed has won verdicts that have truly made a positive difference in his clients' lives. Along with his experienced staff, Streed represents his clients with compassion and empathy, looking out for each person's individual concerns. A Certified Civil Trial Specialist, as recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1999) and Minnesota State Bar (1995), Mark Streed has also successfully taken cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court to advocate for changes in the law that would benefit his clients and many other personal injury victims.


Mr. Streed also coaches youth baseball and basketball near his home in Eagan, MN, where he and his family attend Easter Lutheran Church.


License
  • Bar Number: Minnesota Bar Associ
    , 1985
  • Bar Number: U.S. District Court
    , 1985
  • Bar Number: Wisconsin Bar Associ
    , 1998
Education
  • University of Minnesota
    Juris Doctor , 1985
  • Concordia College ?Moorhead (cum laude)
    Bachelor of Arts , 1982
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