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Judge Joseph R. Klein

Hennepin County

Juvenile Justice Center
Phone: (612)348-4822

Chambers Phone: 612-543-1235

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff


Appointed July 14, 2009, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2010.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1986

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1982

Associate of Arts degree, Rochester Community College, 1979


Attorney, Law Office of Andrew P. Sherwood, Roseville, 2006-2009
(House counsel for Progressive Group of Insurance Companies)

Contract attorney, Universal Underwriters Group, Edina, 2005-2006

Attorney, Zurich North American Insurance, 2004-2005

Quality assurance supervisor, Medical Evaluations, Inc., Minneapolis, 2000-2003

Attorney and shareholder, Moss and Barnett law firm, Minneapolis, 1987-2000

Professional Memberships:

Former member, Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Civil Litigation Section
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Former member, Hennepin County Bar Association

Former member, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Former member, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association

Professional and Community Activities:

Volunteer judge, University of Minnesota Law School Moot Court

Volunteer attorney coach, Edina Middle School’s mock trial program

Volunteer, Loaves and Fishes

Volunteer, Girl Scout food drive to benefit Rushford flood victims, 2008

Volunteer, Urban Homeworks

Volunteer, Minnetonka Neighborhood Watch Disaster Preparedness program

Volunteer coach: Hopkins youth football, basketball, baseball and girls’ softball

Active member, Faith Presbyterian Church


Juvenile, 7/2/12 - Present
Criminal & Civil, 12/2010-7/1/12
Criminal, 9/2009-11/2010