Ron Meshbesher, a dean of the Minnesota criminal-defense bar for 45 years, is known as a well-prepared litigator and a polished courtroom actor.
So it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling.
This fall, the Coen brothers spent several days filming in Meshbesher's 1960s building on Park Avenue, as well as in a Bloomington neighborhood of similar vintage, for their film "A Serious Man," set in 1967 Minneapolis about a professor whose life unravels as his wife threatens to split and his goofball brother won't move out of his house.
In one of several scenes shot at Meshbesher's office, a divorce lawyer played by Adam Arkin meets with the distressed professor, played by Richard Kind.
"I also have another problem," Kind tells the lawyer. "My brother got arrested for sodomy."
"You don't need a divorce lawyer, you need a criminal lawyer," Arkin says.
"I think you should get Ron Meshbesher."
"I'll bet he's not cheap."
"He's not inexpensive."
The Hollywood crew was easy to work around and served the Meshbesher staff a catered lunch during a couple of days of filming.A Morgan-Buffett deal
John Morgan, a son of Omaha who's done well as a Minnesota businessman, is a big fan of Warren Buffett, another Omaha native.
Morgan recently paid $100,000 for a 6-by-6-foot oil portrait of Buffett, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The beneficiary was Girls Inc., an Omaha charity supported by Morgan, CEO of Winmark Corp., whose retailers include Play It Again Sports and Once Upon a Child.
Morgan plans to hang the painting for a time in his Winmark office and eventually donate it to a business school.
Morgan, a shareholder of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., also is credited with introducing Buffett several years ago to then-Sen. Barack Obama.
In 1999, Morgan bid $210,000 for Buffett's old wallet, which had an investment tip inside.
An Omaha charity was the beneficiary.
"I have a lot of empathy for those who are less fortunate than me," Morgan said.Schwan goes with Campbell Mithun
Schwan Food Co. last week signed Campbell Mithun as its media planner and buyer. The agency also will promote the Marshall, Minn., company's national brands: Tony's, Red Baron, Freschetta and Wolfgang Puck frozen pizza, Mrs. Smith and Edwards frozen desserts and others.
The account is Campbell Mithun's seventh new line of business this year. Campbell Mithun's BrandOptix subsidiary has counted Schwan as a brand-identity client for five years.
NEAL ST. ANTHONY, DAVID PHELPS