Up & Coming: Joseph Windler
Posted: 3:49 pm Fri, September 14, 2012
By Jane F. Pribek
Associate, Winthrop & Weinstine
Joe Windler says he’s often the youngest lawyer in the courtroom, working alongside Bob Weinstine, a named partner at Minneapolis’ Winthrop & Weinstine, on high-stakes, complex cases.
Yet Windler plays a substantial role and achieves successful results for their clients.
Among them is professional bicyclist Greg LeMond, a three-time winner of the Tour de France. Windler represented LeMond in a breach-of-contract action against Trek Bicycle that involved LeMond’s public allegations related to doping in the cycling industry and about Lance Armstrong. The case ultimately settled before trial.
Since then, LeMond, represented by Windler, has been assisting the U.S. Department of Justice in its ongoing probe of doping in the sport of bicycling.
Windler has additionally represented a majority shareholder of a failed company in bankruptcy. His client had previously loaned the company large sums of money. Post-bankruptcy, Windler filed several, multimillion-dollar proofs of claim. The bankruptcy trustee responded with a clawback action, seeking not only to set aside those loans, but also to recoup approximately $20-$30 million. Ultimately they convinced the trustee to settle, with Windler’s client recovering “tens of millions of dollars.”
He currently represents a major window manufacturer in a breach-of-contract and breach of warranty lawsuit seeking approximately $100 million. The case will be tried in the Federal District of Minnesota next year.
Windler also teaches practicing and professionalism at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Law School. He says, “The students absolutely love it. I’ve had many tell me it was their favorite class of the year.”
Windler additionally serves on the board of directors of Creative Arts Resource of Western Racine County, a nonprofit that promotes arts education for developmentally disabled persons. The volunteer service is especially meaningful for Windler. His mother, a former teacher, created the nonprofit; and she was inspired by his brother, who is autistic.