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Joseph J Dudley Jr

Litigation Attorney at Saint Paul, MN

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1978
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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I was born in Washington, D.C., raised in St. Paul and my father was an Attorney.  I served in the U.S. Air Force, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and received my law degree in 1977 from Hamline University.

 I have 37 years of experience in areas such as:

  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • All facets of Commercial and Business matters, including formation, corporate matters, franchise, complex litigation, shareholder disputes, purchase agreements, tax, and business employment related matters. 
  • All facets of Commercial and Residential Real Estate, including serious disputes and the purchase and sale. 
  • Probate matters and disputed Probate matters
  • Matters involving banking and financial institutions
  • Insurance laims and personal injury actions
  • IRS and State tax issues
  • USDA appeals nationwide
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Appellate work.






Dudley and Smith, P.A.
101 E Fifth Street
Suite 2602
Saint Paul, MN, 55101
Dudley and Smith PA
9140 Baltimore Street NE
Suite 140, Office 1407
Blaine, MN, 55449
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7955 Stone Creek Drive
Chanhassen, MN, 55317
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1500 McAndrews Road
Burnsville, MN, 55337
Dudley and Smith, PA
7800 Metro Parkway
Suite 300, Office 28
Bloomington, MN, 55425
Dudley & Smith, PA
539 Bielenberg Drive
Woodbury, MN, 55125
Dudley & Smith, PA
1310 East Highway 96
White Bear Lake, MN, 55110
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. J
J. Dudley kindly helped me resolve a case involving supposed 'damage' to an Avis rental car at DLH airport, and he was efficient, professional and timely in his response. Although I am sure it was a minor case for him, monetarily, it was a major headache and financial set-back for me when I received a claim after returning a rental car that there were 'scratches', which included a large, unreasonable bill for repair, LOU and administrative fees regardless of the fact I had photos of the car upon return showing no damages that I had caused, and an eye-witness who also verified in writing that there was no damage to car. Avis customer service dept. would not help me as they claimed that car was independently owned, of which I was never forewarned by Avis or Priceline, and only later learned that company had terrible BBB ratings and multiple complaints by clients for claims of supposed damage to cars after return. I had no leverage to deal with the rental car owner, but J. Dudley resolved the matter in 1 week and the claim was cancelled, which was a huge relief for me. I had felt powerless against a huge rental car company who unscrupulously tacked on various large fees for supposed scratches after car had already been returned undamaged to Avis airport parking lot, and was very grateful for Mr. Dudley very quickly eliminating this claim. I also appreciated that he has a sense of humor, acts human, and treats his clients with respect and concern.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer - Joe Dudley Jr
I was impressed with Joe Dudley the first time we spoke on the phone; he returned my call the same day. From our first conversation, I had confidence that I was in “good hands” with his expertise. He is a very professional, genuine, trustworthy down-to-earth person. The legal counsel he provided regarding a very challenging vendor contract dispute was spot on. I could tell he really cared about my situation. I am grateful for meeting Joe through these circumstances and thrilled to say that we won the dispute! I highly recommend him, as he will be our contact for any legal needs in the future.
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Posted by Jodie | November 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Quick and Competent
Real estate transactions over the past 10 years have had me calling Joe for quick help and he's always been available and provided sound, competent consulting to my husband and me. He's been our go-to for other legal matters as well. We appreciate his office's kind and courteous staff and willingness to help.
Posted by Kay and Patrick | August 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Joe Dudley
We have hired Joe for all our legal issues for more than 30 years and are very happy with the results. He helped us out on a criminal case and we won. Joe is very knowledgeable on all legal issues and strive to get problems resolved without the hassle of going to court and once in court goes the extra mile to get the best results for you. His smile and personality makes it more relaxing to have to deal with legal issues.
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Posted by Bill | August 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Joe Dudley has represented me for 20 plus years.
I am a long time client of Joe's and over the past 20 years he has represented me in the purchase and closing of two residences, a complicated commercial land sale and multiple "life situations". He is very down to earth and easy to talk to and understand; he does not use a lot of "legalese" and practices a common sense approach to the problem. He is tough and determined when it is called for, and always an advocate for finding the best solution to your problem. Over those years I have recommended him to many of my friends who have also been pleased with his representation.
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Posted by Joe Bush | August 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My lawyer for the past 18 years
Joe Dudley personally handled the creation of my corporate identity in 1998. I recall Joe's exceptional detail, input and advise on how to structure my construction company. In the last 18 years Dudley & Smith has handled not only all of my construction company legal services but multiple other companies that I have used them for. Real estate, small business, and especially one where they obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement against an insurance company for a fire loss. Lastly and most importantly I was seriously injured in an auto accident in 2007. Joe's expertise in the field of personal injury was able to obtain a settlement worth over $100,000. I understand the size of Joe's legal force which is large and covers many areas. Every time I call Dudley & Smith someone calls back immediately. I feel like the personal service and attention to my needs are always immediately met.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Dudley & Smith, PA
  • 1983 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Dudley & Smith, PA
  • 1977 - 1983


  • Hamline University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • sheltercraft v pittorf
  • settled
  • buckingham v Excel Manufacturing v JWR inc
  • settled


  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
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  • Bench & Bar of Minnesota
  • Cuba, Legal Composite
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Joseph
Business Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe's deep legal knowledge and years of experience set him apart from most attorneys. A true "business lawyer," Joe's clients confidently come to him for every legal matter they face knowing they are in good hands."
General practice Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked for Joe for over 21 years. He has been wonderful to work for. He’s a respectful leader, a superior lawyer and a good person. He has vast knowledge of many areas of the law and works very hard to get his clients the best results. He is truly a luminary among St. Paul lawyers."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"In my many years of working with Joe Dudley I have witnessed first hand his commitment to clients and the law. He has been instrumental in my growth as an attorney. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Mr. Dudley for a number of years. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge. I refer clients needing specialized assistance to him. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Saint Paul Litigation Lawyer Joseph J Dudley Jr
Joseph J Dudley Jr
Litigation Attorney
Saint Paul, MN
Licensed for 45 years