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Joe Van Thomme


Areas of Practice

As a prosecutor, I partner with city officials to ensure that our neighborhoods are healthy and vibrant places to live and I partner with law enforcement and victims’ advocates to make sure that our communities are safe, all while protecting the rights of victims and defendants in each and every case.

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 is an adjunct faculty member of the Advocacy and Competitions program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law as well as an adjunct instructor in the University of Minnesota’s Kinesiology Department. A true sports enthusiast, Joe enjoys playing handball, hockey and softball. He coaches handball for the University of Minnesota handball club team and is a season ticket holder for the University of Minnesota Men’s Hockey Team and Minnesota Twins. Joe is a voracious reader and avid music fan.

Case Law update - September 13, 2017

Minnesota Supreme Court released its opinion in State of Minnesota vs. Robin Lyne Hensel

On September 13, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court released its opinion in State of Minnesota vs. Robin Lyne Hensel, A15-0005 (filed September 13, 2017). The Court held that Minnesota Statute §609.72, subdivision 1(2), which makes it a crime to "disturb public meetings or assemblies," is unconstitutionally overbroad under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution."

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  • Minnesota


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


  • Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section
    – Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • DWI Task Force
    – Member
  • Law Next Generation
    – Attorney Honoree
  • Standpoint (FKA - Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project)
    – Board Member


    • “Up and Coming Attorney”
      – Minnesota Lawyer - 2013
    • Volunteer of the Year – 2013
      – Reach For Resources, Inc.


  • Reach For Resources, Inc.
    – Volunteer
  • Mitchell Hamline University School of Law
    – Adjunct Faculty - Competitions and Advocacy
  • University of Minnesota
    – Adjunct Instructor - Department of Kinesiology
  • St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church
    – Member

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