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Committed to delivering the highest level of client service


Focused on finding legal solutions that support business goals


A business litigator who helps with all aspects of business


Genuine and easy to talk to


Adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School

 

When you work with me, you'll know that I take pride in seeing that you get a return on your investment and a premium level of legal service. I will fight for you tooth and nail. I work to understand your problems and seek resolutions that further your personal and business goals.
—Joe Windler
 
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Joseph M. Windler

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Education
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
University of Wisconsin, B.A., History & Political Science, 2004
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Experience
Joe Windler is truly a client-focused attorney who uses his legal experience to seek resolutions that align with the client’s personal and business goals. He focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, and since joining Winthrop & Weinstine, he has added a variety of general business and administrative experience that makes him a great advisor to his clients.

Though most of Joe’s practice is in general commercial litigation, he also works on cases in administrative and regulatory law, employment law, and family law. His works includes a wide variety of litigation matters, including those involving FACTA, FDCPA, fraud and consumer fraud, FLSA, discrimination cases, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty and breach of contract, and life insurance disputes. Joe’s well-rounded legal knowledge gives him insight into his clients’ businesses and allows him the strategic forethought to be as full-service as his clients need. The types of clients Joe works with range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals in a variety of industries such as banking, food service, dentistry, energy, construction, capital venture and insurance. (See “Cases” tab for specific experience.)

Joe takes pride in working with clients to find practical solutions that fit the client’s business goals. He is well known for being easy to talk to, and adds value by listening to clients and sending them in the right direction, whether it be a case or finding a new partner for other non-legal needs. “My clients are more important than the work,” Joe said. “I want to give them confidence to run their business and to be effective leaders.”

In addition to his legal practice, Joe is an active member of the community. Within the firm, he serves on the Diversity and Recruiting committees. Joe is also chair of Winthrop & Weinstine’s Community Service committee, using his organizational skills to mobilize staff and attorneys to participate in charitable causes, and is the lead of the firm’s Summer Associate program. Outside of the office, Joe is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2007
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit


Representative Cases
  • Successfully obtained dismissals on behalf of a majority shareholder and numerous officers & directors in multi-state litigation involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, corporate looting, and illegal funneling of money to a politician.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in federal bankruptcy court on behalf of a majority shareholder in adversary proceeding brought by liquidating trustee.
  • Successfully obtained a dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims against an insurance company by an insured. The dismissal was affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Won on a motion to dismiss on behalf of a large pizza company’s franchisee in a class action that alleged state and federal minimum wage violations.
  • After being retained on the last day of discovery, successfully appealed an award of summary judgment against client on a claim of breach of a personal guarantee.
  • Represented 3-time winner of Tour de France against major bike manufacturer for breach of license agreement.
  • Member of multiple trial teams, including team that obtained a settlement for client for 100% of available damages on 3rd day of trial of breach of contract action.
  • Wide range of experience including drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, taking and defending depositions, arguing dispositive and non-dispositive motions, negotiating and drafting settlements, and representing clients at trial in state, federal, bankruptcy and family court.

Specific Cases
  • Yang v. Western Southern Life Assurance Co., 2012 WL 1072346 (D. Minn. March 30, 2012)
  • Baker v. Best Buy Stores, LP, et al., ___ N.W.2d ___, 2012 WL 539196 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 21, 2012)
  • Benincasa v. The Lafayette Life Insurance Co., 2011 WL 5967300 (D. Minn. Nov. 29, 2011)
  • In re Northern States Power Co., Case No. A10-397, 2010 WL 4608342 (Minn. Ct. App., November 16, 2010)
  • Grace Capital, LLC v. Mills, Case No. A09-1857, 2010 WL 3396817 (Minn. Ct. App., August 31, 2010)
  • Meecorp Capital Markets, LLC v. PSC of Two Harbors, LLC, Case No. Civ. 09-2067, 2010 WL 2946984 (D. Minn., July 22, 2010)
  • Bailey ex rel. v. Border Foods, Inc., Case No. Civ. 09-1230, 2009 WL 3248305 (D. Minn., October 06, 2009)
  • Bankey v. Phillips & Burns, LLC, Case No. 07-2200, 2008 WL 2405773 (D. Minn., June 11, 2008)

Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Creative Arts Resource of Western Racine County
  • Member of Firm’s Diversity & Recruiting Committee
  • Head of Summer Associate Program
  • Head of Community Service Committee
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mentor, University of Minnesota Law School Minority Mentorship Program
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association

Honors & Awards
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2011-2014
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer 2012
  • Journal of Law & Inequality, Executive Editor
  • Child Advocacy Clinic, Student Director
  • Research Assistant for Professor Barry Feld
  • Student Employment and Labor Law Association, Treasurer
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable John Tunheim, U.S. District Court of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Law School Public Service Program Honoree, 2007
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
 
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