Joshua Hasko

Top rated business litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Messerli | Kramer
Joshua Hasko
Messerli | Kramer

Practice Areas: Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2000

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2013

Messerli | Kramer

100 South 5th Street
Suite 1400
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


The President of the Minneapolis-based law firm Messerli | Kramer, Joshua A. Hasko is a business litigation attorney with more than two decades of experience on legal matters related to: 

  • Business litigation
  • Creditors’ remedies and equipment leasing
  • Real estate litigation
  • Commercial disputes – contract and business tort litigation
  • Fiduciary duty and shareholder claims 

Graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1997, Mr. Hasko obtained his bachelor’s in international relations. It was from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law that he graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude in 2000. 

Mr. Hasko is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Minnesota and the U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Prior to joining Messerli | Kramer, Mr. Hasko was an attorney and shareholder at a local Minneapolis law firm.  Since joining Messerli | Kramer, he has served as chair of the litigation department and on the firm's Board of Directors, where he now serves as a President. 

Prioritizing his clients’ well-being, he comes up with practical strategies suitable for the situation depending on their objectives and requirements.  Mr. Hasko believes in the importance of social service and works proactively with several local and community organizations to contribute to society.  He is also a member of many legal organizations such as the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Practice areas

Business litigation

Focus areas

Non-compete agreements

  • 100% Business litigation

First Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, “The Disposition of Equipment After Lease Default” – National Equipment Finance Association newsline, July/August 2019
  • Presenter, “Roundtable Discussion: Doing Business With Sovereign Nations” – Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Legal Forum, May 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Equipment Leasing and Lending Legal Update” – Edina Country Club, June 25, 2015
  • Presenter, “Current Issues Impacting Motor Vehicle Financing” – Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Legal Forum, May 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Equipment Leasing and Secured Transactions Legal Update” – Edina Country Club, September 27, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Motor Vehicle Roundtable: Autonomous Vehicles, Titled Vehicles as Inventory, and Graves Amendment Update” – Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Legal Forum, May 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Equipment Leasing Update” – Edina Country Club, July 25, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Contract Enforcement: What To Do (Before and After) The Customer Goes Dark” – 2019 National Equipment Finance Summit, March 15, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Equipment Leasing Update” – Edina Country Club, July 17, 2019
  • Co-Author, “Before Signing on the Dotted Line, Consider these Five Things” – TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, Directions Magazine, June/July 2011
  • Author, “Leaving a Company? Don’t Forget That Personal Guaranty” – TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, Directions Magazine, April 2012
  • Co-Author, “Small Errors Can Cause Catastrophic Outcomes” – Equipment Financing Advisor, October 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Board Member, Executive Committee Member
  • HCBA Institute for Leadership in the Legal Profession – Steering Committee Member
  • Plymouth Wayzata Youth Baseball Association, Volunteer Coach
  • Twin Cities Cardozo Society, Steering Committee, Member
  • Herzl Camp Association, Board Member
  • Represented manufacturer in defense of breach of contract and Uniform Commercial Code (Article 2) litigation. After underlying claims were resolved, successfully obtained summary judgment against co-defendant distributor arising out of breach of distributor agreement that was affirmed on appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. College City Leasing, LLC v. River Valley Truck Centers, Inc, et al., 2008 WL 3290759 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008) unpublished.
  • Represented majority owner in extended multi-million dollar fiduciary duty/partnership dispute, including trial and appellate court proceedings, successfully resolving dispute.  Hall v. Hall, Ramsey County District Court, File No. 62-CV-12-8604; Hall v. Hall, 2015 Minn. App. unpublished LEXIS 492.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Equipment Finance Association, Legal Committee Chair
  • Lease Enforcement Attorney Network, Member
  • Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Motor Vehicle Subcommittee, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Josh Hasko was recognized for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America publication., The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Minnesota Rising Stars 2004-2013., Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers 2014-2022. Top 100 List 2016-2022, Top 100, Super Lawyers, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Banking
  • Business Litigation
  • Creditor's Remedies
  • Equipment Leasing And Secured Transactions
  • UCC

Office location for Joshua Hasko

100 South 5th Street
Suite 1400
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-672-3665

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