Joe Musilek joined Briol & Benson (formerly Briol & Associates) in 2001, where he practiced commercial litigation. He is now Of Counsel. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics every year since 2004.

Mr. Musilek began his career with the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in 1981, practicing commercial litigation. In 1985, he left the practice of law to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. He then spent three years as a reporter, first covering the “cops and courts” beat for the Duluth News Tribune, and then business and legal affairs for City Business Magazine in Minneapolis.

In 1989, Mr. Musilek returned to the practice of law, joining the Minneapolis firm of Opperman & Paquin, which subsequently became Lockridge Grindal Nauen. He became a partner there and practiced in the area of commercial litigation, focusing in copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation.

Mr. Musilek is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Experience

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Northwestern University, Medill Graduate School of Journalism
M.S.J., with distinction, 1986

Notre Dame Law School
J.D., cum laude, 1981

Villanova University
B.A., magna cum laude, 1978

Minnesota Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court – Minnesota

Onvoy, Inc. vs. SHAL, LLC, et. al., C7-02-621; C7-02-702 (Mn. Sup.Ct. – September 25, 2003)
Minnesota Assn. Of Nurse Anesthetists v. Unity Hosp., 5 F. Supp. 2d 694 (D. Minn. 1998)
Oasis Pub. Co. v. West Pub. Co., 924 F. Supp. 918 (D. Minn. 1996)
Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. E.A. Sween, 920 F. Supp. 1021 (D. Minn. 1996)
West Prof. Education Group, Inc. v. Harcourt Brace, 1995 WL 422651(D. Minn. 1995)
West Pub. Co. v. On Point Solutions, Inc., 1994 WL 778426 (N.D. Ga. 1994)
D.J.’s Upholstery, Inc. v. Western Nat. Mut. Ins. Co., 505 N.W.2d 379 (Minn. App. 1993)