Ronald I. Meshbesher

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"I am a lucky guy... for many years I've had the privilege and honor to seek justice for thousands of people. In doing so, I've never lost sight that the cause is the clients' and I am their advocate."
Ronald I. Meshbesher

After more than 57 years practicing law, our founder, colleague and friend, Ron Meshbesher, has officially retired. Ron’s commitment to the firm, however, continues, as he will be Of Counsel to Meshbesher & Spence. Read more here.

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.

Bar Admissions
1957 Minnesota;
1960 U.S. District Court (MN);
1965 U.S. Court of Appeals (4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th districts);
1966 U.S. Supreme Court
Education
JD 1957, University of Minnesota
BSL 1955, University of Minnesota
 
Associations
International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to 500 members)
American College of Trial Lawyers (limited to 1% in each state)
American Board of Trial Advocates
American Board of Criminal Lawyers (former Vice President, former Board of Governors)
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Founder, former President)
Criminal Courts Bar Association of Minnesota (Founder, former Vice-President)
Minnesota Association for Justice (former President, former Board of Governors)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (former President, Board of Directors)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (former Board of Governors)
Amdahl Inn of Court (former President)
American Association for Justice (former Board of Governors)
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Academy of Law and Science
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Minnesota Supreme Court (Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure 1971-1991)