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“I always seek to help my clients resolve their legal issues as economically as possible prior to investing in litigation,” says attorney Joseph M. Barnett. “And when we take that step, I strive to master the complexities of their case in order provide the most effective representation.”

An experienced litigator, Joe focuses primarily on construction litigation and construction defects. He has handled matters involving third-party complaints, professional liability, premises liability, breach of contract, negligence, insurance claims and coverage, personal injury and townhome/condo association law.  Joe has also sought recovery through subrogation, representing clients in mediations and arbitrations at the appellate level, as well as handling the defense of claims through settlement and trial.

“Handling complex litigation involving numerous parties requires a broad range of abilities and experience because every case has unique twists,” explains Joe. “It’s my job to anticipate the unexpected and to navigate those issues to my client’s best advantage.”


Joe earned his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law, where he was a member of the Student Bar Association. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida Southern College, where he earned a B.S. in Sports Management.


  • Admitted to the Minnesota State and Minnesota Supreme Court Bar, and the U.S. District court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Sixth District Bar Association, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and Defense Research Institute.
  • Named by Super Lawyer magazine to its 2011 and 2013 Minnesota Rising Stars list of attorneys, a roster that includes only 2.5% of young lawyers from the state.
  • Participated in the Rosalie E. Wahl Moot Court Competition, and completed two courses at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.