Areas of Practice:

FAMILY LAW
Divorce
Custody
Parenting Time
Adoption
Paternity

WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING
Wills
Trusts
Powers of Attorney
Health Care Directives

CORPORATE LAW
Contract Drafting, Negotiation, Review
Incorporations, Including All Associated Documents
Shareholder / Member Disputes
Employment and Non-Compete Agreements

CIVIL AND BUSINESS LITIGATION
Personal Litigation
Business / Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation

MEDIATION / ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES

QUALIFIED NEUTRAL UNDER RULE 114 OF THE GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota state and federal courts
Pro Hac Vice in a number of different states

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Hennepin County Bar Association
- New Lawyers Section, Chair 2002-03; Secretary 2001-02
- Governance Committee member, 2001-05
- Executive Committee member, 2002-03
- Board of Governors member 1999-05
- Delegate to ABA Young Lawyers Section 1999-2005
- Nominating committee member 2003-08
- Hennepin County Bar Foundation Board of
   Directors 2003-08
- Representative to MSBA Board of Governors 2002-08

Minnesota State Bar Association
- Insurance for Members committee member
   2004 to present
- Judicial Elections Campaign Conduct Committee member    2008 to present
- CALR committee member
- Nominating committee 2003-05
- New Lawyers Section, Chair 2003-04
- New Lawyers Section, Vice-Chair, 2002-03,
   Secretary 2001-02
- Board of Governors member 2001-present
- Delegate to ABA Young Lawyers Section 1999-2005
- Co-Chair MSBA Sesquicentennial Task Force 2009-10

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

Awards and Honors

Rising Star, 2005
Up and Coming Lawyer, 2004
2015 Client Satisfaction Award
Avvo rated 9.3 or above

Joan Schulkers

I want a firm that is above the rest but at the same time makes my clients feel at ease.


Joan has been in Minneapolis her entire life, having grown up in St. Louis Park, and then moving to Maple Grove over thirty years ago. She has been in the legal field since 1978, starting out as a court reporter, then as a paralegal, and after being widowed at the age of 29 with three toddlers, went back to school to obtain her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She graduated from law school in 1999. She is married to a PGA golf professional. And is blessed with three wonderful grown children, two grown step-children, three more grown children who she informally adopted when they were young (she acts as their substitute parent), and six grandchildren. She adores them all and strives to spend as much time as possible with them.

Joan taught paralegal studies for a number of years as an adjunct at Minnesota School of Business. She loves teaching and mentoring others. She has played in the bell choir of her church for over 25 years, plays in local card groups, and belongs to a book club. She also loves to travel, and has been to all 50 States, every province of Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, most of the Caribbean Islands, Ireland, Britain, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Aegean Sea Islands, Switzerland, France, Monte Carlo, and Czechoslovakia. She and her husband also fly fish whenever they can.

Joan is heavily involved in her community and devotes a substantial amount of time to various professional organizations and her church. She also devotes time to pro bono work. She is passionate about helping people in any way that she can, and this sense of obligation comes through in everything she does.

Joan Schulkers Attoney at Law