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Joe Van Thomme


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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 is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and 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 Blaine, Ramsey, Woodbury, East Bethel, and Oak Park Heights. 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 resolutions to 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. Joe is a voracious reader and avid music fan.

Minnesota State Bar Association

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By Eckberg Lammers Attorney Joe Van Thomme

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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
    – Former Chair, 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
    – Former Adjunct Instructor - Department of Kinesiology

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