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Joseph M. Windler

There isn’t a wall I won’t run through for my clients.

My Approach

The business world is complex, and it is the rare case that it has a rigid, black-and-white answer. Together, I work with clients to determine what a win means for them individually, and develop a strategy and a plan to achieve that goal. I am driven by the advocacy of working on behalf of my clients, helping them get from point A to point B, and solve their problems along the way. I thrive on the adrenaline of litigation, and will run through any wall to help my clients. I am a fierce advocate, and my clients rely on me to assist in their most serious matters.

I was elevated to partner at Winthrop & Weinstine after six years of practice. I have been recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2011. I am a trial attorney who has significant experience in assisting clients in litigation, regulatory, and business and employment matters. I help clients navigate all aspects of their business problems.

I am the Chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee, and also serve on the Diversity Committee and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

My wife and I live in Edina, Minnesota, with our son and daughter. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, running and watching sports.

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Commercial Litigation, 2024

Minnesota Super Lawyers®


Man of the Year

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2022

Lifeblood of Big Climb MPLS

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2016

Under 40 Hot List

Benchmark Litigation, 2016-2017

40 & Under Hot List

Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2022

Future Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2024

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2011-2022

Up & Coming Attorney

Minnesota Lawyer, 2012

Friend of the Retailer

Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, 2018

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Associations & Memberships

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - MN Chapter

Former Chair of the Board of Directors

Paul's Pals

Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Winthrop & Weinstine

Board of Directors, Member
Diversity Committee, Member
Recruiting Committee, Chair

University of Minnesota Law School

Adjunct Professor

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