“When I come home it’s nice to have a little justice,” Ron Meshbesher enjoys saying. His dog’s name is Justice.
Meshbesher’s 57-year legal career came to a close in January when he retired from Meshbesher & Spence. His name will remain on the law firm for which Meshbesher coined the slogan: “The lawyer you choose makes a difference.”
Now he spends his days with Justice, Kim, his wife of 25 years, and when possible his favorite new person, first granddaughter Archer, 3. She’ll soon be joined by a little brother whose name will be Anton Ronald. Meshbesher, a father of four daughters, is thrilled about the pending arrival of the baby boy and namesake. Meshbesher is so taken with Archer, he’s thinking that less time will be spent across the pond at the property he and Kim have in southern France.
I talked to the internationally known and respected lawyer in advance of a small celebration of his career. Although he had tremendous success in civil law, he said, “Defending people was the best.”
Q: Did you ever have another law firm try to appropriate your “The lawyer you choose makes a difference” tagline?
A: We got a trademark of some sort because we had somebody who tried to take it away from us. Once they got a letter from my office, they stopped and apologized.
Q: Will you be seen in any more commercials for Meshbesher & Spence?
A: I don’t think so. There’s a group there, most of them are a lot younger and there are a few who are going to retire in a few years. They are some good lawyers. I trained a lot of them. They are doing well.
Q: Was the decision to retire difficult for one of the best lawyers in America?
A: Not really. I’ve practiced law longer than almost every lawyer in Minneapolis. I’m an old man.
Q: You got Marjorie Caldwell acquitted in one of the most famous murder cases in Minnesota history, the death of her mother, Elisabeth Congdon. Since the time you spent examining the murder scene for trial, have you taken the tour of Glensheen?
A: Twice. After the case, we went to a meeting [near Duluth] and stood in line. The locals in that area had a party one night and invited me. Then it was very difficult to go upstairs but now, apparently, you can go almost every place.