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

Joel T. LeVahn Senior Counsel

Joel is a Corporate/Business lawyer who has represented clients for more than forty years at the law firm he helped found: Zappia & LeVahn. He has extensive experience with assisting clients in all areas of business transactions from start up to well established companies to transition and estate planning.  He spent those years as the managing partner at his former law firm, and joined BGS in July 2023.  He has served several generations of clients and understands the value of a tradition of service and excellence. Throughout his career he has invested time and expertise to create and maintain trusted alliances with the clients he has served.

Joel provides legal services in a range of industries and professional organizations from manufacturing and distributing, real estate developers, builders, bars/restaurants, sports management companies, waste hauling and information service providers.  He routinely negotiates and drafts sales and acquisition agreements, commercial leases and purchase agreements, employment agreements, estate plans and more for his clients.  As an entrepreneur himself, Joel knows the importance of  understanding the client’s business and industry in order to best serve their legal needs.

Joel lives in Blaine, MN with his wife of 30 years, Jolene, and their yellow lab, Blue.

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Corporate & Business Law 
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law - Silver Gavel Honor Society
  • B.S., North Park College
  • Minnesota State Bar Association


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