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Joe Van Thomme


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I practice law solely to help clients resolve their most difficult situations and disputes. I do that by providing frank advice and strategic, yet compassionate counsel .

Joe joined Eckberg Lammers in March, 2014 and is an attorney in our Municipal practice area and serves as one of our lead criminal prosecutors. He specializes in criminal prosecution for the Cities of East Bethel, Woodbury, Oak Park Heights and several other suburban and exurban communities. From charges and arraignment to trial, verdict and sentencing, along with contested evidentiary hearings and probation violations, he regularly handles all facets of misdemeanor prosecution for the cities we serve.

Joe’s passion for practicing law stems from his unique ability to find ways to resolve the messiest of situations. Never one to shy away from difficult conversations or contentious litigation, he combines his candid advice and communication style with expert legal strategy to achieve the best possible case results for his municipal clients. He was selected as an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2013.

Joe lives with his wife in St. Paul’s Como Park neighborhood and is quite active in the community. He is a coach for the Hamline University School of Law Moot Court, a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church and a volunteer with Reach For Resources, Inc.; an organization dedicated to providing cognitively disabled teens and young adults with financial support, employment and pathways to independent living.

A true sports enthusiast, Joe enjoys playing handball, hockey and softball. He’s also a season ticket holder for both the Minnesota Gophers men’s hockey team and the Minnesota Twins. On the flip side, Joe is a voracious reader and avid music fan.

Contact JOE Today.

Call 651-439-2878 or send an e-mail to schedule an appointment


  • Minnesota


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN 
    – J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
    – B.A.


  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
    – Member
    Secretary - Criminal Law Section
    – Former Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer
  • Guardians Ad Litem – 10th Judicial District of Minnesota
    – General Counsel
  • DWI Task Force
    – Member


    • “Up and Coming Attorney”
      – Minnesota Lawyer - 2013
    • CALI Award – Criminal Defense, Law & Humanities
      – Hamline University School of Law
    • Volunteer of the Year – 2013
      – Reach For Resources, Inc.


  • Reach For Resources, Inc. 
    – Volunteer
  • Hamline University School of Law Moot Court 
    – Coach - National Health Law
  • St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church 
    – Member

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