Joel A. Hilgendorf

Joel Hilgendorf is a partner in the real estate practice group of Hellmuth & Johnson. He is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist. Joel counsels banks, businesses, individuals, and community associations in all legal issues related to real estate, including sale, purchase, leasing, and financing of residential and commercial property.



Real Estate:

  • Represent all parties to transactions involving real estate (i.e. sellers, buyers, brokers, agents, landlords, investors, lenders and title companies).
  • Represent all parties in litigation, arbitration, and other disputes involving real estate (buyer-seller disputes; purchase agreement disputes; title defects; boundary disputes; easements; ownership disputes; partitions; leasing disputes; contract for deed cancellations).

Banking and Finance:

  • Represent financial institutions in commercial lending and credit transactions, drafting loan documentation for commercial real estate, construction, corporate business asset, and all other types secured and unsecured commercial loans.
  • Represent financial institutions and creditors in mortgage foreclosures, UCC proceedings, litigation, lawsuits, receiverships, workouts, forbearance, guaranty enforcement, garnishments, levies, judgments, and all collection related matters.

Homeowner Associations:

  • Serve as general counsel to a large number of community associations in all legal matters (i.e. governing document interpretation and amendment; covenant enforcement; assessment collection; use restrictions; banking and project funding; litigation; corporate legal advice; and general representation).

In The News

Thought Leadership


  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Member, Risk Management Association


  • Director, Edina Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Explore Edina, travel and visitors bureau
  • Director, Community Associations Institute of Minnesota (previous)
  • Member, CIC-Midwest
  • Member, Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Real Estate Law, 2021-2024
  • Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Board Certified Real Property Specialist, a designation held by a select few Minnesota attorneys.
  • Named to the Minnesota Rising Stars in 2008 and 2010-2013 by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine; only 2.5% of young attorneys in the state of Minnesota are chosen each year.


  • Replacement Reserve Requirements for Community Associations, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2019
  • Where are we at with Short Term Rentals, Community Associations Institute 2018
  • Preventative Maintenance Plans, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2018
  • Websites and Social Media in Community Associations, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2018
  • Community Association Legislative Update, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2017-2021
  • Trending Topics for Community Associations, Community Associations Institute 2017
  • Understanding Leasing in Community Associations, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2016
  • Commercial Leases: Top Issues in Drafting and Reviewing, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2014
  • The Responsibilities of a Director, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2014
  • Amending your Governing Documents, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2014
  • 10 Common Legal Issues Raised by Landlords, MN Multi-Housing Association 2014
  • RE Disclosure Requirements, Real Estate Brokerages 2014
  • How to Collect Delinquent Assessments, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2014
  • Minnesota Residential Landlord Law, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2013
  • Interpreting, Enforcing, and Amending Governing Documents, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2012
  • Effective Collections, CIC Midwest 2011
  • Community Association Efficiency, Hellmuth & Johnson Seminar 2010
  • Community Associations in Distress, MN CLE Real Estate Institute 2010
  • Update on Mortgage Foreclosure Case Law and Legislation, National Business Institute 2010
  • Aging in Place and the Housing for Older Persons Act, Real Estate Brokerages 2010
  • Fair Housing Law and CICs, CIC Midwest 2010
  • Fair Housing and Dual Agency Law, Real Estate Brokerages 2010


  • Tenants in Community Associations, HOA Update 2015
  • Effective Collection of Community Association Assessments, HOA Update 2015
  • Four Reasons why your Association may need to Amend its Governing Documents, HOA Update 2014
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Board Meetings from Lasting Too Long, HOA Update 2014
  • Update on Changes to MCIOA, CIC Midwest Magazine 2010
  • How the Fair Housing Act applies to Community Associations, CIC Midwest Magazine 2010
  • New Reserves Legislation – Learn How Your Association May Be Affected, CAI Magazine 2010
  • The Impact of New Lending Guidelines, CAI Magazine 2010