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NACDL News: NACDL Mourns the Passing of Past President Ronald I. Meshbesher

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, attorney and NACDL Past President (1984-85) Ronald I. Meshbesher passed away on June 13, 2018. He was 85 years old.

Meshbesher was the founder and president of Meshbesher & Spence, a Minnesota firm specializing in personal injury, class action and civil litigation, in addition to criminal defense. He gained a respected reputation in several important criminal cases in Minnesota, including the Piper kidnapping case (still on FBI record as the largest unsolved kidnapping case), the Elizabeth Congdon murder trial, and the Ming Sen Shiue murder and kidnapping case.

His professional success led the Minneapolis Star Tribune to dub Meshbesher the “dean of the Minnesota criminal defense bar for 45 years.”

Remembrances from NACDL Colleagues

  • “Minnesota is a long way from Texas. Nevertheless, for as long as I can remember Minnesota had a reputation for turning out some of the finest litigators in the country, and Ron Meshbesher was a goliath among them. When Frank Maloney too
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