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Joseph Steinfeld

Joseph Steinfeld

Co-Managing Partner

Joe is responsible for the overall management of the firm as well as the principal for ASK LLP’s St. Paul office. He also heads up the bankruptcy practice group, is involved in the most significant client assignments, and oversees the transactional activities of the firm.


George Washington University, (J.D. 1979), with high honors

University of Pennsylvania, undergraduate degree (B.A. 1976, Magna Cum Laude)


  • Admitted to bars of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Minnesota
  • Life Time Sustaining Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the New York Institute of Credit and the Turnaround Management Association.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Litigation


  • "Minnesota Rising Star" by Super Lawyers
  • "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association

When Joe and Edward Neiger met, they knew they wanted to work together, eventually merging their respective firms in 2012 to expand ASK LLP’s national reach while establishing a New York City office. Joe has been primary counsel in over one hundred published opinions, engaged in over one hundred mediations representing plaintiffs and defendants, has published several articles on transportation and bankruptcy law, and is a frequent lecturer on commercial litigation and avoidance law. Joe is also responsible for managing and growing the ASK LLP team to handle major current mass tort bankruptcy cases including Purdue and Boy Scouts.

A New York native, Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and a Juris Doctorate with high honors from the George Washington University Law School. He lives on Lake Minnetonka with his wife and two dogs, and they love to stay active doing road bike races, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the Minnesota outdoor lifestyle together as well as visiting with their two sons who live in LA and Chicago.


XXXVII ABI Journal 11, 30-31, 50, November, 2018

Back to the Future? Critical-Vendor Orders Cannot Be Applied Retroactively to Shield Preference Liability

American Bankruptcy Institute – Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee Journal, November 2014
Preferences and Credit Card Transactions: A Catch-22 for Creditors, or a Fair Recovery for the Debtor’s Estate?

33 ABI JOURNAL 3, March, 2014

Critical-Vendor Creditors May Now Double-Dip on New Value

31 ABI JOURNAL 8, September, 2012

Preference Period Transfers Must Be Compared When Debtor Was Healthy

31 ABI JOURNAL 2, p. 42, March, 2012

Friedman’s Improperly Adds Requirement that New-Value Analysis Closes at Petition Date

25 ABI JOURNAL 10, p. 54, December, 2007

Prosecuting Preference Actions Post-BAPCPA: Another View Toward a Reliable Statistical Model

26 ABI JOURNAL 1, p. 28, February, 2007

New Value and Reclamation Post-BAPCPA: How §503(b)(9) (Twenty-Day Claims) Has Cut a Slice Out of the Preference Pie

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