Joseph M. Finley

USA: Minnesota

Leonard, Street and Deinard
150 South Fifth Street,
Suite 2300
, Minneapolis,
MN 55402 USA

Tel: +1 612.335.1977
Fax: +1 612.335.1657


For 30 years, Joe Finley’s practice has focused on commercial real estate and lending (purchase and sale, finance, development and leasing), and on infrastructure and natural resources—including “hard rock” minerals. He has also participated in land use, environmental, title insurance and foreclosure/receivership litigation. Joe has worked on several “brownfield” redevelopments and public-private joint ventures, and on public developments such as the new Minnesota Twins ballpark and the “Central Corridor” light rail transit line.

Joe is an MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist.

He has been named in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and has been recognized as a Leading Business Lawyer by Chambers USA. He has also been selected for inclusion in both Super Lawyers® and Top 40 Minnesota Real Estate and Environmental/Land Use Law Super Lawyers®.

Joe chaired the firm’s Real Estate department from 1990 through 1995; its Business Division from 1996 through 1998; and its Saint Paul office from 2000 to 2005. He was president of the firm from January 1, 2006, to December, 31, 2008, and became senior counsel to the firm in January 2010.

Outside of his law practice, Joe is an owner and officer of a commercial real estate investment company known as Birch Coulee Fund, LLC; Leonard, Street and Deinard has no interest in or affiliation with Birch Coulee Fund, LLC.

Our Real Estate law practice provides services for all types of real estate transactions and litigation, including commercial real estate, banking and lending, land use and litigation, housing and public finance.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all traditional real estate practice areas, such as property acquisition, financing, leasing, due diligence review and entitlements. We often act as local counsel, providing services to lenders and borrowers across the nation. We have experience in a variety of areas, such as brownfield redevelopments, condemnation, sports arenas, hotel projects, hydroelectric and co-generation projects, wireless communication networks, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and tenant-in-common exchanges. Clients benefit from the Real Estate practice’s close working relationships with other departments within the firm.

When the doors of Leonard, Street and Deinard opened in 1922, our four founders had no way of knowing their inspiration and values would inform quality legal practice into the 21st century. From Minnesota’s boardrooms and courtrooms to the Nuremberg war crime trials and today’s complex legal challenges, the more than 200 attorneys of Leonard, Street and Deinard are respected for their experience and legal acumen. We work to understand client needs, stay focused on goals, and provide wise counsel and practical advice. Everyone is dedicated to client success. It’s a firm tradition.

Our clients range from individuals and start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The businesses we serve are in every sector of the economy — construction, commercial, service, financial, health care, energy, real estate, manufacturing and industrial. A number of our long-time clients have grown from small, privately held enterprises to major national and international public companies, and they have taken us with them into courtrooms throughout the country and to business transactions around the world. Whether the transactions are small or large, we take satisfaction from the enduring personal and professional relationships we have built with our clients. In this increasingly competitive world, our clients’ loyalty is something we do not take for granted.

“Well-respected practitioner Joseph Finley has extensive experience of a broad range of real estate matters, including acquisitions, financings and public developments.”
Chambers USA, 2015