Meaney & Patrin, P.A./DWI Guys

Meaney & Patrin, P.A./DWI Guys

Put Your Trust In The DWI Guys We have helped thousands of clients successfully fight their case

Firm Overview

The DWI Guys Are Prepared To Protect You:

Alcohol-related laws are serious. They can be charged as criminal offenses. You could lose your driver's license. There could be extensive fines, vehicle confiscation and jail time. The law team attorneys at Meaney & Patrin, P.A., are Minnesota's DWI guys. They are skilled defenders of the rights of drivers facing DWI, DUI and test refusal charges.

You want to avoid, minimize or control the penalties as much as possible. We specialize in drunk driving charges. From our Minneapolis offices, our attorneys are available day or night to help you limit the consequences you face after alcohol-related allegations.

Our attorneys, Ethan P. Meaney, Derek A. Patrin and Benjamin Pardun, are skilled and knowledgeable about alcohol-related and test refusal charges. We advocate for people facing substantial and severe drunk driving charges.

Our Team Of DWI-Focused Attorneys Has Defended Hundreds Of Cases:

Attorney Meaney has focused his practice on DWI defense since 2001. Before going into private practice, he prosecuted hundreds of DWI cases in Hennepin and Goodhue counties. He understands what a prosecutor will do to build a case against you. He has utilized that experience to successfully defend a variety of drink and driving charges.

A former defender of corporations and insurance companies, attorney Patrin decided to focus his practice on protecting the "little guy." He has been practicing DWI defense since 2001 and has handled hundreds of these cases, including several DWI cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Attorney Pardun is a skilled criminal defense lawyer and has supported hundreds of DWI clients throughout Minnesota. He has been with Meaney & Patrin, P.A., since 2014.

We will support you throughout the legal process, and we will keep you informed about the details. To read more about our attorneys, please follow the links below:

We Are Minnesota's Focused, Knowledgeable Guardians Of Your Driving Rights:

Our experienced DWI-focused legal team provides an effective defense of alcohol-related driving charges. We will have extensive knowledge of Minnesota's DWI law and the best way to build an effective strategy.

If you have been charged with DUI, DWI or test refusal, we will start developing your defense. Minnesota DWI defense lawyers at Meaney & Patrin, P.A., know this is a stressful time. Connect with us at 612-688-2109 or email us to find out how we can help.

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Main Office
4024 151st Avenue NW
Minneapolis MN 55304


(612) 688-5109


(763) 753-6952



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What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are DWI attorneys in the Minneapolis metro area that many people trust when they need help. Most of our business comes from referrals from prior clients. Our experience, knowledge, and dedication to creating an excellent defense strategy gives our clients confidence that they have retained the best DWI representation available, whether they feel they are guilty or innocent. We want you to feel at ease by clearing up the confusion you feel. We want you to move on with your life. We don’t want you to lose your job, have difficulty finding a new one, to lose your license, or any of the other DWI penalties that you could be inflicted with. There are ways to get around the charges or penalties and we will use every way possible to make the law work for you.

Meaney & Patrin works closely with clients to provide a criminal defense that is aggressive, competent, and informative. You will learn:

What options are available to you
What outcome to expect
Criminal defense strategies that are tailored to the uniqueness of your case
How we protect your rights during a time when you feel you have none

The sooner you speak with our attorneys, the sooner a strong defense can be put together for you. It is best to speak with us as soon as possible so that we can inform you of your rights and ensure that they are not violated. When you call and decide to retain us, we will begin an immediate investigation of the charges made against you to uncover the relevant facts so we can craft the proper legal strategy for your case in court. We know the law, the prosecutor, the judge, and the courtroom procedures and we will use that experience for you.

When you or a loved one has been charged with DWI, you need a caring defense that is aggressive in the courtroom. DWI charges can compromise a person’s ability to find a job, a place to live, to acquire affordable insurance, and so much more for the remainder of their lives. It doesn’t make sense to pay for a single mistake for a lifetime, which is why we are here to help. We want to provide you with a free consultation regarding your case or, if you have been arrested, call our aggressive DWI lawyers at 1-(844)-224-9275. The sooner you make the call, the sooner your rights will be protected and the sooner we can begin investigating the charges against you.

Ethan Meaney

Meaney & Patrin, P.A./DWI Guys

ETHAN P. MEANEY has been practicing in the area of DWI defense since 2001. Since 2014, he has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of DWI/DUI defense by Minnesota Law and Politics. Prior to that, he prosecuted hundreds of DWIs in Hennepin and Goodhue Counties. Meaney has represented hundreds of DWI cases and his recent victories in the Minnesota Court of Appeals cases State of Minnesota v. David John Sundrum, 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. 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 judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard C. Perkins, Minnesota First Judicial District Court Judge. He then joined the firm of Hoff, Barry & Kuderer in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he was the sole criminal 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 DWI clients. In 2001 he joined the criminal defense firm of Gerald Miller & Associates, 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.

In 2005 he co-founded Meaney & Patrin with law partner Derek Patrin, and throughout the years they have come to be known as Minnesota's "DWI Guys." 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.


Bar Number: 0295887
Minnesota, 1999


University of South Dakota School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1999

Northern State Univeristy
Bachelor of Science- Double Major in Criminal Justice & Political Science, 1996

Derek Patrin

Meaney & Patrin, P.A./DWI Guys

DEREK A. PATRIN has been practicing in the area of DWI defense since 2001. In that time frame, he has handled hundreds of DWI cases.

His work in DWI defense has been recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics, who named Derek a "Rising Star" six times between 2005-2013. In 2014-18, he was recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of DWI/DUI defense by the same publication. His victory in the Minnesota Court of Appeals DWI license revocation case Jones v. Commissioner of Public Safety was featured in a cover story of Minnesota Lawyer in 2005, and he was one of the lead attorneys representing all Minnesota drivers in the Intoxilyzer 5000EN "Source Code" litigation from 2009-2012. He has argued numerous DWI cases to the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and has been interviewed by local newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations for his work in DWI cases.

Derek graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1998 and initially worked for the large downtown Minneapolis law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel. After nearly two years with that firm, Derek got tired of defending large corporations and insurance companies against "the little guy," so he left. Eventually, Derek joined the DWI defense firm of Gerald Miller & Associates, where he handled hundreds of DWI cases. In 2005, he and fellow DWI defense attorney Ethan Meaney formed their own partnership dedicated solely to representing individuals facing DWI, DUI and Test Refusal charges in Minnesota. Derek and Ethan are now known as the "DWI Guys" of Minnesota.

Derek Explains: "In law school, I never imagined I would end up defending individuals in criminal cases, but since I started doing this in 2001, I have never been happier. It gives me a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment when I help a person who really needs it to keep their job, restore family relationships, and get any help they might need.

"I truly have an opportunity to make a big difference in people's lives when no one else wants to defend or help them. Many of my clients have become good friends during my representation of them, which has also enriched my career.

"While no one is in favor of drinking and driving, the penalties for doing so have gotten way too harsh, especially for people who are not habitual offenders. I regard myself as a defender of drivers who have become victims of a state that callously shaves away their constitutional rights year after year while deliberately subjecting them to a system that works to deny them of their remaining rights and defenses."


Bar Number: 0291328
Minnesota, 1999


University of Minnesota Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1998

University of Minnesota
Bachelors Degree Double Major in International Relations and Chinese Language, 1996

Benjamin Pardun

Meaney & Patrin, P.A./DWI Guys

BENJAMIN H. PARDUN has been practicing in the area of DWI defense since 2009. He graduated from St. John's University in 2004 and served as an Intern in the Office of Congressman Mark Udall at the United States Capital in Washington D.C. Pardun graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2008 where he received the Dean's Award for his work on the burden faced by criminal defendants in the State of Minnesota.

Pardun immediately began his legal career in the field of criminal defense as an independent contractor for Valentini & Associates, P.A. In 2009, Pardun joined the criminal defense firm of Gerald Miller & Associates, P.A, where he defended hundreds of DWI clients throughout the State of Minnesota. In 2010, Pardun began his solo practice of criminal defense. Since 2013, Pardun has also volunteered his evenings as a firefighter for the City of Maple Grove and has done work with volunteer groups serving the needs of our city's firefighters. In July of 2014, he accepted an associate position with Meaney & Patrin, P.A., the "DWI Guys."


Bar Number: 0389248
Minnesota, 2008


University of St.Thomas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2008

St. John's University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2004

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