University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1999, J.D.
Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1996 B.S., Major: Criminal Justice, Major: Political Science
Awards & Honors
Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2014-2018
Minnesota Rising Star, 2007, 2010-12
Top 100 Lawyers, 2014
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013
ETHAN P. MEANEY has been practicing in the area of DWI defense since 2001. 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.
Minnesota State Bar License, 1999-present
Minnesota State Bar Ass'n, 1999-present
Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, 2013-present
National College of DUI Defense, 2012-present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010-present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2010-present
American Bar Association, 2001-present
Hennepin County Bar Association, 2001-present
How can the DWI Guys Help Me?
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Our Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorneys are experienced in DWI defense and our firm has earned the reputation as trail-blazers when it comes to relentless fighting for our client’s rights. We have helped people avoid time in jail, expensive fines, and from losing their all-important drivers licenses.