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Derek Patrin

Derek Patrin

Defending DWI Clients Since 2001
  • Appeals & Appellate, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Minnesota
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Summary

Derek Patrin has been representing individuals facing DWI, DUI, Test Refusal, and Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVO) charges since 2001. In 2005, he partnered with Ethan Meaney to form Meaney & Patrin, also known as the DWI Guys. The DWI Guys are dedicated to providing high quality, personalized representation to people all over Minnesota who are facing these difficult impaired driving situations in court.

Derek was named as one of a handful of Attorneys of the Year in 2011 by Minnesota Lawyer, an achievement recognizing his tireless work challenging the software source code of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath testing instrument in Minnesota's courts. That work culminated in Derek arguing the issue to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of all drivers in Minnesota in the largest ever consolidation of criminal cases in Minnesota State history. Soon after the years-long battle was over, the State of Minnesota stopped using the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine and upgraded its equipment to modern-day standards. Derek has successfully represented thousands of defendants in impaired driving matters across the State of Minnesota, spending most of his time handling cases in the Twin City metro area counties.

Prior to dedicating his practice to defending those accused of impaired driving crimes, Derek graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with cum laude honors. He also contributed to an award-winning moot court team that won its regional round and participated in international final competition.

Derek lives with his wife and kids in Anoka County. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and writing music with his band.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
Federal Circuit
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Attorney/Partner
Meaney & Patrin, PA
- Current
Attorney
Gerald Miller & Associates, PA
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Attorney/Owner
Derek A. Patrin, Attorney at Law
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Attorney
Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel
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Education
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. / Law
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: International Moot Court, Civil Practice Clinic
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.A. / International Relations, Mandarin Chinese
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Awards
Rising Star (Super Lawyer)
Minnesota Law & Politics
Attorneys of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer
Selected for Lead Role in Intoxilyzer 5000 Source Code Litigation and Appeal
Rising Star (Super Lawyer)
Minnesota Law & Politics
Special Achievement
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Awarded for Lead Role in Intoxilyzer 5000 Source Code Litigation and Appeal
Rising Star (Super Lawyer)
Minnesota Law & Politics
Rising Star (Super Lawyer)
Minnesota Law & Politics
Rising Star (Super Lawyer)
Minnesota Law & Politics
Professional Associations
10th District Bar Association
Member
- Current
Minnesota State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Tips & Traps: Late Night DWI Consultations
Minnesota Lawyer
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Social Media
Contact & Map
7582 Black Oaks Lane N
Maple Grove, MN 55311
USA
Telephone: (612) 333-3636