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Managing Associate

Joseph J. Novak

I love the work I’m doing, and I love what that work does.

My Approach

Before becoming a lawyer, I was a pitcher at Harvard and for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League. A successful pitcher has to have a certain amount of creativity and flexibility. There are ebbs and flows that create a certain rhythm to the game, and a pitcher must remain steadfast throughout. Through persistence in the face of ever-looming tribulations, resourceful ingenuity prevails more often than not. This is true both on the mound and in the practice of law, especially when it comes to complex tax credit matters. This approach is what helps accomplish a successful outcome at the end of the day for both me and my clients. I love finding creative solutions for the unique circumstances of each project, and the positive impact this work has on our communities.

In addition to my real estate practice, I am also experienced in assisting nonprofit entities achieve 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  I’ve aided both public charities and private foundations in realizing their missions through a carefully crafted approach that embraces the distinct characteristics of each nonprofit I work with.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching movies and playing board games (the more elaborate the better). I love anything outdoors, and exploring both the Twin Cities brewery and live music scenes.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2018