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Joel Van Nurden

Phone: 612-455-8945

Joel Van Nurden is a lifelong Minnesotan. He grew up in Rochester and moved to Minneapolis to attend law school. After graduating and practicing with a local law firm, Joel founded Van Nurden Law to provide clients with top quality, affordable representation for litigation matters in Minnesota.

Joel’s practice covers a broad range of legal disputes that arise for individuals and businesses. He focuses primarily on real estate litigation, trust and estate litigation, and business disputes. He handles other select litigation matters for clients on a case-by-case basis.

Joel’s interest in law goes back as far as he remembers, but his path to becoming a lawyer is unique. Beginning in high school in Rochester, he worked for a number of years as a radio disc jockey and on-air personality. During that time, Joel went back to school for paralegal training. His first position in the legal profession was as a paralegal in a Rochester law firm.

While working as a paralegal for litigating attorneys, Joel realized that he wanted to represent clients himself, so he enrolled in law school. He worked as a law clerk at a small Minneapolis insurance defense firm through most of law school and as an associate at the firm after passing the bar. Joel then decided to open his own firm to provide broad-based litigation services to clients.

Joel’s approach to practice includes providing personalized service to each client. He builds a close, personal working relationship with the client by maintaining ongoing communication. His approachable manner puts clients at ease.

Joel understands that disputes, disagreements, and litigation matters often create high levels of emotion and stress. His goals include minimizing the stress and providing a strong foundation of support for the client. Joel’s personalized client focus and his exceptional litigation skill explain why clients and other attorneys turn to Joel when disputes and disagreements arise.

Joel and his wife Anna live in Hopkins with their cherished cats Monty and Mishka. When Joel isn’t working, he relaxes by golfing, reading, and spending time with Anna. They enjoy traveling together to experience and explore new places.


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D.
    Dean's Award recipient for highest grade in Lawyering Skills III
    Finalist, Anderson Cup Moot Court Competition
    UST Law Student Government, Judicial Committee
    William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
  • Bemidji State University, B.S. in Criminal Justice

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    Recognized as North Star Lawyer for pro bono legal services
    Civil Litigation Section
    Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee
  • Tubman
    Volunteer Attorney
    Selected as Safety Project Attorney of the Year in 2018

Community Involvement

  • St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
    Board of Trustees, Member