Joel D. Nesset



(612) 260-9007

(612) 260-9087

Joel focuses his practice on bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring, and the complex commercial transactions and receiverships associated with the business solutions he provides to his clients both inside and outside of bankruptcy court. Joel’s practice focuses not only on representation of financially troubled businesses and individuals, but also on advocating on behalf of secured and unsecured creditors. As part of his work for creditors in bankruptcy, Joel has considerable experience representing unsecured creditors’ committees and petitioning creditors in involuntary bankruptcy cases. Joel has experience in Chapter 11, Chapter 7, and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, and the broad scope of his representation and experience in numerous facets of bankruptcy and insolvency gives him a 360-degree perspective that he brings to bear on each matter he handles.

In addition to his general bankruptcy and restructuring practice, Joel represents clients in complex transactional matters, including asset sales, financing, and leasing. He also has experience representing defendants in “clawback” actions in cases arising out of Ponzi schemes, and representing clients in other litigation matters in bankruptcy court. 

Since 2009, Joel has been an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches clinical bankruptcy courses.

Joel graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. He received his bachelor's degree in history from St. Olaf College.



Cozen O’Connor Opens Minneapolis Office with the Addition of Eight Lateral Attorneys

June 04, 2013

The firm announced it is opening a Minneapolis office with transactional and commercial litigation attorneys from Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. Thomas Wallrich, Steven Silton, Thomas Kane, Peter Crema, Nadia Hasan, Heather Marx, Joel Nesset and Kristi Zentner are all joining the firm as members.


SCOTUS Goes to Mall of America: Court Recognizes Jurisdiction Over Appeals of Bankruptcy Sale Orders [Alert]

May 10, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court recently overruled lower courts in a dispute involving Sears' $10/year lease at the Mall of America.

“Made in USA” Labeling Could be Costly for Businesses [Alert]

March 18, 2021

Joel Nesset and Tom Wallrich discuss the consent order issued by the FTC in Chemence, Inc.

Congress Enacts Modification to Bankruptcy Procedures Governing Assumption and Rejection of Leases

February 12, 2021

Steve Katkov and Joel Nesset discuss provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that narrowly target companies to assist those that have filed for protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code by temporarily modifying the rules governing a tenant’s performance under its leases.

USTR Announces New Exclusion Process for Section 301 Tariffs on U.S. Imports from China

July 16, 2019

Kristi Zentner, Tom Wallrich, and Joel Nesset discuss the process for applicants to request that specific Chinese goods be exempted from the recently imposed additional 25 percent tariff.

Events & Seminars

Past Events


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • St. Olaf College, B.A., 1990

Awards & Honors

Minnesota Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2004-2008

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota