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 complex 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 at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he teaches Criminal Prosecution, Advocacy and Competitions.  He is also a board member of the domestic and sexual survivor’s advocacy non-profit, Standpoint, and a member of the Violence Free Minnesota collaborative.

Education & Admissions


Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
– J.D.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
– B.A.

Bar Admissions


Affiliations & Involvement

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section
– Former Chair, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association
– Member, Greater Minnesota Practice Section, Public Law Section

Hennepin County Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

DWI Task Force
– Member

Law Next Generation
– Attorney Honoree

Standpoint (FKA – Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project)
– Board Member

Community Involvement

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



Minnesota State Bar Association

Technology is Just One of the Tools We Need to Get Through This Crisis and the Next

By Eckberg Lammers Attorney Joe Van Thomme

Pandemics do strange things to the imaginations of people. Most people are rightly worried about their health, their families, and their jobs. But the most pressing question on most people’s minds has been asked in headlines everywhere…“When will things go back to normal?”

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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 Van Thomme