Université Jean Moulin III, LL.M., With Distinction

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., Cum Laude

University of Minnesota, B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
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Claire Joseph currently serves on the firm’s recruiting and diversity committees and is a founding member of the firm’s LGBT group. Claire is a member of the Business Litigation and Employment, Benefits and Labor sections and practices principally in the areas of:

  • General business litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Telecommunications
  • Employment law counseling
  • Trust litigation

Claire represents telecommunications clients in state public utilities commissions, as well as federal and state courts. Matters include intercarrier compensation disputes, such as disputes regarding traffic pumping, wireless traffic and VoIP traffic. In addition, Claire has assisted clients with telemarketing matters, including state and federal laws and regulations on "robocalls" and the use of automated-dialing machines.

Employment Litigation and Employment Counseling
Claire works with employers in a variety of employment litigation and counseling matters. Claire has experience with issues related to Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. In addition, Claire has experience representing employers in matters relating to non-competition agreements. Beyond litigation, Claire has experience providing employment counseling regarding competition agreements, sexual harassment policies, privacy concerns and communications with insurers.

Trust and Estate Disputes Litigation
Claire works with the firm’s trust and estate lawyers when estate planning, administration, and trust issues are litigated. Claire has represented trustees and conservators in complex trust and estate disputes and litigation.       

Claire has represented individuals on a pro bono basis in Minnesota state and federal district court, as well as the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Claire won a pro bono case at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, resulting in the court’s decision to vacate three felony convictions and reverse and remand a fourth felony conviction for a new trial. She also participated in the St. Paul City prosecutions pro bono trial program, where she led petty misdemeanor trials and negotiated plea bargains.

While Claire was in law school, she participated in National Moot Court and was a teaching assistant with the University of Minnesota Center for Writing.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Appointed by The Supreme Court of Minnesota to serve on the Minnesota Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice, 2013
  • Excellence in Diversity Award, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2013
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Briggs and Morgan, 2012

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Lavender Bar Association, Member

  • Board of Directors, former

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member