Joseph J. Humke

Tel 612.371.2453
Fax 612.371.3207
Joseph Humke focuses his practice on representing public companies, private equity funds, fundless sponsors and closely held businesses in connection with stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, recapitalizations, roll-ups, joint ventures, capital formation transactions and other investments. His substantial transactional experience transcends a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, health care and metals recycling. Joe also provides general corporate counsel to a number of companies, including many of his private equity clients' portfolio companies.

Joe previously worked at Mayer Brown in Chicago. Prior to entering law, Joe was a finance and accounting analyst for a large multi-national corporation.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. John L. Coffey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Represented Graco Inc. in its sale of Finishing Brands business to Carlisle Companies Incorporated
  • Represented Norwest Equity Partners and its operating company, BowTech, in acquiring Excalibur Crossbow from Mangrove Equity Partners
  • Represented National Presto Industries, Inc. in acquiring assets of Chemring Energetic Devices
  • Represented Norwest Equity Partners in its sale of Shock Doctor, Inc. to Bregal Partners
  • Represented Columbus Metals Industries in its sale to Alter Trading Corporation
  • Represented fundless sponsor in recapitalization of, and investment in, industrials business
  • Represented BleuChip International in its sale to Pitney Bowes
  • Represented Graco Inc. in acquiring QED Environmental Systems from TestAmerica Laboratories
  • Represented Graco Inc. in acquiring EcoQuip
  • Represented CMI-TMC Acquisition in acquiring Columbus Metals Industries, Triangle Metals, U.S. Recycling and North Platte Metals
  • Represented Northern Metals in acquiring Great Western Recycling, Phillips Recycling, American Iron & Steel and Metals Reduction Company

Recognitions and Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, 2020, 2021

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Private Equity Summit 2019, Minneapolis, May 9, 2019

Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude,1997)

University of Wisconsin (B.B.A., 1992, with honors)




U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit