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763.780.8500 Toll Free: 800.422.3486 info@bgs.com

200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Joan M. Quade Shareholder, Board of Directors

Joan M. Quade has more than 30 years of legal practice and negotiating and/or litigation solutions to problems for businesses or individuals. In addition to representing clients and businesses, Joan is also a qualified mediator able to resolve disputes between parties.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Mediation Services
  • Construction defects and roofing
  • Labor arbitration
  • Toxic mold
  • Business disputes
  • Employment investigations
  • Real estate disputes
  • Defense of employment law disputes and investigations
  • Information technology control and related security issues
  • Defense of daycare providers against license revocation or licensing issues
  • Non-solicitation agreements and other employment law issues
  • Unlawful detainers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1987
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, 2009
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, October 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1987, cum laude
  • Associate Justice Student Bar Association, Appellate Division
  • Hamline Journal of Law and Public Policy, Editor, 1986-87
  • B.A., Nursing/Humanities, College of St. Scholastica, 1980
  • Qualified civil arbitrator
  • Minnesota Statewide ADR Rule 114 Neutral Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Arbitration
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court as 21st District Ethics Committee Chair, 2015
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court to the Judicial Selection Committee (2003-2010)
  • Anoka County Bar Association, 1988-present
  • Anoka County Bar Association, Past President, 1997-1998
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, President, 1988
  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys, 1992-present
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1988-present
  • Emma B. Howe Family YMCA, Board of Directors, 1992-2000
  • Emma B. Howe Family YMCA, President, 1997-1999
  • Huma Society volunteer, 1998-2000
  • Springbrook Nature Center Foundation Board
  • Martindale-Hubbel AV® Preeminent™
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011 Inaugural Edition – Exclusive to women lawyers who have achieved the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards AV Preeminent.


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