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Joseph J.W. Phelps

If a client calls with a problem, we don’t sit around talking about it. We solve it and move on.

My Approach

I enjoy working with clients to drive the deal; to push the transaction to closing by finding creative solutions to problems that arise. I focus on the real issues for my clients, and do not dwell on every tiny hiccup. I work closely with my clients and want them to think of me as a member of their team. I feel gratified knowing that the work we do together can result in affordable housing for those in need of it most, the complete rehabilitation and turnaround of distressed, abandoned buildings to make them useful again, or developing vacant land to its full potential.

Outside of the office, I spend most of my time with my wife chasing our little guy around in St. Paul and renovating and redeveloping historic residential and commercial rental property we own in northern Minnesota.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America© Ones to Watch

Real Estate Law, 2022-2024
Tax Law, 2022-2024

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2023

Associations & Memberships

St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club

President, 2014-2015
Member, 2011 – Present

Ramsey County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Bankruptcy Section