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Joel Smith

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Joel E. Smith is an attorney with the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

Joel E. Smith is active in the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ, formerly known as the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association).  He currently serves on MAJ’s Board of Directors. Joel also served on MAJ’s Board of Directors previously (1994-2004) and on its Executive Committee. Joel has served as the Chairperson of MAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Committee. He is also active in the Minnesota State Bar Association (currently serving on its Governing Council for the Elder Law Section) and has served as the Co-Chairperson for the MSBA’s Vulnerable Adults Committee. Joel is a Leadership Forum member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and is actively involved in AAJ”s Nursing Home Litigation Group.

Joel is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Joel also served for several years on the Board of Directors for the Elder Care Rights Alliance (a Minnesota non-profit organization that advocates for the rights and safety of the elderly, now part of the Tubman organization). Joel has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine since 2001. He is a co-author of Thompson-West Publication’s Tort Litigation chapter on Nursing Home Litigation. Joel is a graduate of St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and the University of Minnesota Law School. Joel is a member of the Lake Minnetonka Rotary Club in Excelsior and resides in Shorewood with his wife, Lucy, and their five children.


  • “Zen and the Art of Cross Examination of the Defendant Expert,” ATLA Jazz Fest conference, New Orleans (May 2002)
  • “Long-Term Care: Identifying the Risks,” ProSource conference (Sept. 2002)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (Mar. 2003)
  • “Nursing Home Cases,” Insurance Law Institute conference (July 2003)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (April 2004)
  • “Dealing with Abusive Deposition Adversaries,” North Dakota Bar Association conference (Dec. 2004)
  • “Strategic Use of Rule 30(b)(6), 30(b)(5) and 34,” North Dakota Bar Association conference (Dec. 2004)
  • “Litigation Ethics,” North Dakota Bar Association Conference (Dec. 2004)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Elder Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association conference (Oct. 2005)
  • “Eldercare Law,” St. Thomas Law School presentation (Nov. 2006)
  • “Igniting Damages in Elder Care,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (Mar. 2007)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation and Ethics,” Elder Care Rights Alliance annual conference (May 2007)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Washington State Association for Justice conference (April 2012)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” William Mitchell College of Law presentation (Nov. 2012)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Strafford Publications (June 2012)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” National Business Institute (June 2012)
  • “Litigating Nursing Home Injury Claims: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives,” Strafford Publications (June 2013)
  • “Nailing the 30(b)(6) Deposition,” Academy of Rail Labor Attorney’s, Naples, FL, (May 9, 2014)
  • “Nursing Home Failure of Care Litigation,” WEBINAR, National Business Institute (June 16, 2014)


  • “Repeal Minnesota’s Outdated Abate Statute,” Minnesota Association for Justice Magazine, Co-Author Mark Kosieradzki (Winter 2014)
  • “Mismanaged Meds,” Trial Magazine, American Association for Justice             (Oct. 2013)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Elder Law Handbook, 3 ed., Chapter 24, Minnesota State Bar Association (2012)
  • “Deposition Misconduct Warrants Attorney Sanction,” Minnesota Lawyer (March 26, 2007)
  • “Nursing Home Litigation,” Tort Litigation, Chapter 63, Association of Trial Lawyers of America/West Group (2003).