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Daniel Koewler

Daniel Koewler

Ramsay Law Firm

Address: 2780 Snelling Avenue North, Ste. 330

City: Roseville

State: MN

Phone: 651-604-0000

Website: 55113

Category: Drinking and Driving Offenses

Born and raised in the small town of Sleepy Eye, MN, Dan Koewler has been defending DWI clients since he started practicing in 2008. His dedication and commitment to DWI defense has earned him a solid reputation as a top-notch defense lawyer in Minnesota, leading to many requests to hear him speak on DWI-related topics and to author highly-valued resources regarding DWI defense.

Dan takes a different approach to DWI than most other attorneys in Minnesota; following the Ramsay Law Firm’s motto “Every DWI Case Is Winnable,” Dan has fought DWI cases everywhere from our local state courts, to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and even in the United States Supreme Court. Dan discovered that when your career focuses on defending those accused of driving while impaired, you find many opportunities to succeed by bringing a variety of constitutional and scientific challenges to court with you.


Bachelor of Arts, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN


State v. Thompson, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2016. Dan convinced the Minnesota Supreme Court to find that Minnesota’s decades-old DWI Test Refusal Law is unconstitutional, and that the State cannot criminally charge someone for refusing to submit to a warrantless urine test.

State v. Janssen, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2016. Dan convinced the Minnesota Court of Appeals to find that the State must be able to prove that a driver’s alcohol concentration is 0.16 or more before it can take their license for a year (or more). Prior to this case, the State argued that it automatically could revoke licenses at or above 0.16 and that such decisions could not be challenged in court.



2010 “Up & Coming Attorney” as recognized by Minnesota Lawyer

2014 “Rising Star” as recognized by Super Lawyers

2015 “Rising Star” as recognized by Super Lawyers

2016 “Rising Star” as recognized by Super Lawyers

2016 “Attorney of the Year” as recognized by Minnesota Lawyer


Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), Minnesota’s pre-eminent defense bar association.

Chairman, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) Amicus Curiae Committee, responsible for filing amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs to the Minnesota and United States Supreme Courts.

Secretary, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice (MSCJ), an exclusive invite-only college of approximately 50 Minnesota defense attorneys, gathered together to “promote justice by supporting changes in the law – both legislatively and through litigation in the courts.”

Executive Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Criminal Law Section, a group of defense attorneys and prosecutors responsible for drafting legislation and educating the criminal justice community regarding criminal law issues.

Founding Member, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), a non-profit, nationwide bar association dedicated to improving the trial and advocacy skils of defense attorneys who focus on alcohol and drug related driving offenses.