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Joseph F. Leoni

Attorney-at-Law
225 First Street North, P.O. Box 958
Virginia, MN 55792
(218)749-1962 Fax(218)749-4308
jleoni@trentilaw.com
Websites: JOELEONI.COM, trentilaw.com, trentiinjury.com

EDUCATION

YEAR AREA SCHOOL DEGREE
2000 EMERGENCYMEDICAL
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 RATED 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 PRACTIVE 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
(not accredited by the MBLC/MSBA)

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

PAST AWARDS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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

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:

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.