Joseph Leoni

Joseph Leoni


Email Address: jleoni@trentilaw.com
Website: JoeLeoni.com
Tel: 218.749.1962
Toll Free: 800.422.0912
Address: 225 N. 1st Street
1000 Lincoln Bldg.
Virginia, MN 55792


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Areas of Practice

CIVIL PRACTICE
I have handled over 2,500 Federal & State Civil cases in the past 25 years. A sample of these cases are the following:

Personal Injury

Automobile Accidents: Every kind possible.

Product Liability – G.M.; Chrysler; Propane Companies; Ladder Companies, playground equipment companies, car seat manufactures, bleacher construction, .

Medical Malpractice – Nursing home, physician, nursing, EMS, pharmaceutical and Hospitals.

Wrongful Death – Automobile accidents, all major insurance companies, underinsured, uninsured, commercial lines.

Dog Bites – Facial, head and limb scarring, emotional trauma.

Business Law – Represented clients against various public and private contractors, home builders and subcontractors.

Employment Law – Federal Labor and Wage Claims, unemployment; Union Representation Public and Private.

Police & Municipal Malpractice – Excessive police force, City & School District negligence.

Contract – Represented companies on contract claims & issues.

CRIMINAL PRACTICE
I have handled over 1500 Federal and State criminal cases in the past 25 years. A sample of these cases are the following:

Felony white collar crime, felony murder, felony drug, felony manslaughter, felony assault, felony theft, felony burglary, felony negligent vehicular homicide, felony negligent vehicular operation, felony DUI, gross misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor DUI, misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Education

YEAR AREA SCHOOL DEGREE
2000 EMERGENCY MEDICAL
TECH-PARAMEDIC
LAURENTIAN COMM/
TECH COLLEGE
EMT-P
1984 LAW WILLIAM MITCHELL COLLEGE
OF LAW
J.D.
1981 SPEECH COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA, MINNEAPOLIS
B.A.

Employment

1991 – PRESENT TRIAL LAWYER TRENTI LAW FIRM
1984- 1990 ATTORNEY CLOUTIER & MUSECH
1987 – 1989 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
BUSINESS LAW
INVER HILLS
COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MN

Legal Accomplishments & Committees

2013 TOP RELATED LAWYER IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW AMERICAN LAWYER
MEDIA AND MARTINDALE-HUBBLE
2012 ACTLM BOARD OF GOVERNORS ACADEMY CERTIFIED
TRIAL LAWYERS
2012 CIVIL PRETRIAL SPECIALIST NATIONAL BOARD OF CIVIL
PRETRIAL PRACTICE ADVOCACY
(not accredited by the MBLC/MSBA)
2010 – 2011 MNAJ EXECUTIVE COMM.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
MN ASSOCIATION OF JUSTICE MNAJ
2002 – Present SUPER LAWYER DESIGNATION MN LAW POLITICS
2002 – Present AV ATTORNEY RATING MARTINDALE HUBBEL
1998 – Present CIVIL TRIAL SPECIALIST CERTIFIED BY THE
MINNESOTA STATE BAR
ASSOCIATION AND
NATIONAL BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCACY
2000 – Present EMT – PARAMEDIC NATIONALLY AND STATE CERTIFIED PARAMEDIC
2010 MERIT JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMITTEE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
2000 – 2010 BOARD OF GOVERNORS MNAJ
2002 – 2010 MNAJ MAGAZINE CRIMINAL LAW EDITOR MNAJ MAGAZINE
2009 WHO’S WHO IN PLAINTIFF’S PERSONAL INJURY
1999 – 2007 STANDING COMMITTEE
NO-FAULT
MN SUPREME COURT
1998 RISING YOUNG STAR MN LAW POLITICS

Judicial Experience

1991 – Present AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION; ARBITRATOR A.A.A.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
1991 – 1999 CONCILIATION COURT JUDGE HENNEPIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
1994 – 1999 HENNEPIN COUNTY COURT ARBITRATOR HENNEPIN COUNTY
DISTRICT COURT
1995 – 1999 AD-HOC SELECTION COMMITTEE CONCILIATION JUDGE PANEL HENNEPIN COUNTY
DISTRICT COURT

Appellate Experience

Raze vs. Mueller 587 NW 2d 645 (Minn, 1999)
Klapmeier vs. Ebel 2010 WL 2732049 (MN App. 2010)
Jane Doe vs. IDS 2154 2010 WL 3545585 (MN App. 2010)

Current Awards and Community Involvement

  • IRON MINING ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010-PRESENT
  • UNITED WAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS (NE MINNESOTA) 2010 –PRESENT
    EXECUTIVE BOARD BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 2008 – Present
  • PARAMEDIC GUEST LECTURER, MESABI COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2000-PRESENT
  • FIRST RESPONDER BIWABIK TOWNSHIP, 2000 – PRESENT

Past Awards and Community Involvement

  • PRESIDENT – VIRGINIA REGIONAL HOSPITAL COMMISION – 2011 – 2012
  • VIRGINIA HOSPITAL COMMISSION, 2007 – 2012
  • VRMC HOSPITAL FINANCE CHAIRMAN, VIRGINIA, MN  2009- 2011
  • NORTHERN DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES INC., LIAISON  2009 – 2011
  • TROOP 114 TROOP COMMITTEE, 2007 – 2011
  • CHICAGAMI NON-PROFIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2005 – 2011
  • TROOP 114 BOY SCOUTMASTER, 2000 –  2007
  • DISTRICT MERIT AWARD BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 2007
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANT BOARD; ST. LOUIS COUNTY 2000 – 2006
  • GILBERT H.S. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, 2000 – 2003
  • YOUTH HOCKEY AND SOCCER COACH – 1997 – 2003
  • VIRGINIA FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARD, 2000 – 2001
  • CUB SCOUT LEADER – 1997 – 2001
  • STRATHMORE’S WHO’S WHO
  • NATIONAL RUNNER-UP HOCKEY TEAM 1978; COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • WEST POINT ACADEMY APPOINTMENT; LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENT 1977
  • EAGLE SCOUT 1976
  • ORDER OF THE ARROW 1974

Professional Memberships

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES (ABOTA)
  • ACADEMY OF CERTIFIED TRIAL LAWYERS OF MN
  • MN STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
  • MN ITALIAN AMERICAN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
  • AMERICAN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
  • ST. LOUIS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • HENNEPIN COUNTY SPEAKERS PANEL
  • PUBLICATION COMMITTEE OF MTLA
  • AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
  • ST. LOUIS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • HENNEPIN COUNTY SPEAKERS PANEL
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
  • PUBLICATION COMMITTEE OF MTLA
  • FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDERS PANEL

Professional Articles and Lecture

EMS LIABILITY REFERENCE TABLE ARROWHEAD EMS CONVENTION LECTURER 2013
LEGAL ISSUES AND CONSIDERATIONS 2012 MN EMS MEDICAL DIRECTORS CONF. LECTURER 2012
MSHA REGULATION VIOLATIONS
EFFECTS ON LITIGATION
SOCIETY FOR MINING, METALLURGY & EXPLORATION
MN CONF. LECTURER 2012
MSHA & LITIGATION MNAJ MAGAZINE
FALL 2011 – CO-AUTHOR
EMS PRODUCT AND LIABILITY
CLAIMS AND DEFENSES
ARROWHEAD EMS CONVENTION LECTURER 2012
CONVENTION LECTURER 2011
EMS INSURANCE CLAIMS ARROWHEAD EMS
CONVENTION LECTURER 2011
POST CONVICTION RELIEF MNAJ MAGAZINE
WINTER 2010 (CO-AUTHOR)
ARROWHEAD EMS MEDICAL/LEGAL REFERENCES ARROWHEAD EMS
CONVENTION LECTURER 2010
FELONY OFFENSE TO TAKE YOUR CHILD MNAJ MAGAZINE
FALL 2009 (Co-AUTHOR)
DOMESTIC ABUSE- IT’S A CRIME MNAJ MAGAZINE
SUMMER 2009 (CO-AUTHOR)
PAYABLE FINES. WHAT ARE THEY? MNAJ MAGAZINE
SPRING 2009
WHAT’S NEW IN DRAM SHOP MNAJ WINTER LECTURER
CONVENTION 2009
EMS – PIRATES CREED OF ETHICS
EMS MEDICAL LEGAL REFERENCE
ARROWHEAD EMS CONVENTION
LECTURER 2009
CONFIDENTIAL RELIABLE INFORMANTS “WHAT & WHO ARE THEY?” MNAJ MAGAZINE
WINTER 2009
PURSUING THE AUTO INJURY CLAIM NBI CLE
LECTURE OCT. 2008
DUI & CRIMINAL LAW UPDATES MNAJ MAGAZINE
FALL 2008
EMERGENCY HOLDS, COMMITMENTS & PATIENT’S RIGHTS MNAJ MAGAZINE
SUMMER 2008
DWI & SEARCH & SEIZURE 2008 MNAJ MAGAZINE
SPRING 2008
AVOID MALPRACTICE CLAIMS ARROWHEAD EMS
CONVENTION LECTURER 2008
PRELITIGATION ATTACHMENT OF PROPERTY MNAJ MAGAZINE
WINTER ’08
MENTAL ILLNESS – RULE 20 MNAJ MAGAZINE
FALL ’07
EXCESSIVE POLICE FORCE MNAJ MAGAZINE
SUMMER ’07
MN SEXUAL OFFENDER 2007 LAWS MNAJ MAGAZINE
SPRING ’07
EMS MEDICAL-LEGAL REFERENCE ARROWHEAD EMS
CONVENTION 2007
DRAM SHOP VS. DUI:  CHAIN OF CUSTODY MTLA MAGAZINE
WINTER ’07
PRODUCT RULE:  WHAT IS IT? MTLA MAGAZINE
FALL ’06
CRIMINAL LAW EXPERTS/ FRYE MACK STANDARD MTLA MAGAZINE
SUMMER’06
EXPUNGEMENTS MINN. STAT. 609A MTLA MAGAZINE
SPRING ’06
RESTRICTED RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS MINN. STAT. 624.713 MTLA MAGAZINE

WINTER ’06

CIVIL LAWYER’S GUIDE TO MN DRUG LAWS MTLA MAGAZINE
FALL ’05
DRIVING & DUI LAWS 2005 MTLA MAGAZINE
SUMMER ’05
DRUG COURTS MTLA MAGAZINE
SPRING ’05
EMERGENCY MEDICAL LAWSUITS ARROWHEAD EMS
CONVENTION 2005
NO-FAULT ARBITRATION CERTIFICATION MTLA, CLE
WINTER CONVENTION 2005
TORT REFORM – SMALL FIRM LITIGATION MTLA CLE SEMINAR
JANUARY 2005
SEARCH, SEIZURE, STANDING IN MN MTLA MAGAZINE
PUBLISHED ARTICLE WINTER ’05
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, MAY 2004 MESABI RANGE COMMUNINITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE
NATIONAL EDUCATORS EMS, LITIGATION NATIONAL EDUCATORS OF MN
EMS CONFERENCE 2004
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES “LEGAL ISSUES” ARROWHEAD EMS CONVENTION WINTER 2004
CRIMINAL LAW REPORT (ARTICLES) MTLA MAGAZINE
QUARTERLY 2003 – PRESENT
TRIAL SKILLS – OPENING & CLOSING (SEMINAR) MTLA, CLE, SEMINAR,
MARCH 2003
BEATING THE INSURANCE COMPANY (SEMINAR) MTLA, CLE, SEMINAR,
JANUARY 2003
D.U.I. CHARTED NEW LAWS (SEMINAR) MTLA ANNUAL CONVENTION
SUMMER 2002
D.U.I. CHARTED MTLA MAGAZINE
SUMMER ’02
SMALL FIRM TRIAL TACTICS (SEMINAR) MTLA, CLE, SEMINAR,
WINTER 2002
DRAM SHOP CHARTED MTLA MAGAZINE SUMMER ’01
CIVIL DAMAGES ACT/DRAMSHOP LITIGATION AND SETTLEMENT (SEMINAR) MTLA, CLE, CONVENTION LECTURER, WINTER 2001
WORKERS BEWARE;
W.C. FRAUD PROSECUTION
HENNEPIN LAWYER MAGAZINE ARTICLE 1999
D.U.I. BASICS MTLA MAGAZINE
SUMMER ’97
“PUNITIVE DAMAGES AND THE INTOXICATED STATUTORY STANDARDS” MTLA MAGAZINE SPRING ’97
“CONCILIATION COURTS” HENNEPIN LAWYER MAGAZINE
WINTER ’95
COURTS YOU SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH BUT AREN’T (SEMINAR) GUEST SPEAKER & CHAIR, ’94 MTLA, CLE SEMINAR
PREMISES LIABILITY IN LANDLORD/ TENANT LAW (SEMINAR) MTLA, CLE SEMINAR, GUEST SPEAKER, 1993
“ARBITRATION V. LITIGATION: ISSUES
CONCERNING RES JUDICATE COLLATERAL ESTOPPEL”
MTLA MAGAZINE WINTER ’92

* MNAJ – MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
** MINNESOTA TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION