Joseph M. Wiltse

Joseph M. Wiltse



Joseph is a trusted business advisor that helps both public and private company clients achieve their business goals through a variety of corporate transactions, including complex mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, corporate reorganizations, private debt and equity financings, and real estate transactions. Joseph serves as general counsel for numerous small and medium-sized businesses without in-house legal departments.

Joseph focuses on providing service-oriented and effective counsel to his clients. His practice centers around corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and real estate. Joseph represents startups, established family and owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs, private equity companies, and companies in various industries such as real estate development, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, agri-business, consumer products, and renewable energy.

Joseph has significant experience in advising clients on corporate formation, financings, private equity offerings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, commercial contracts, business relationship documents such as shareholder agreements or consulting agreements, and provides general corporate counseling on a variety of matters.

Education & Admissions

University of South Dakota School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2014), High Honors

University of Sioux Falls (Political Science and Communication Studies & Theatre, 2010)


  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota


  • English


Representative Experience

  • Representing major real estate developers pertaining to capital raising through private equity offerings, entity structuring, investor relations, contract negotiations, and real estate matters.
  • Representing major manufacturers pertaining to sales and management structuring, underlying capitalization matters, and general Board governance.
  • Advising lending clients and financial institutions in originating, structuring, documenting and negotiating financing transactions, inclusive of co-lender arrangements pertaining to sales of businesses, real estate, and other transactional finance matters.
  • Advising various start-ups and private equity companies pertaining to equity financing options, private equity offerings and overall structure and governance matters.
  • Represented premier medical practice group in acquiring new clinics and surgery centers in four new states.
  • Represented a bio-tech startup in multiple rounds of funding.
  • Represented a privately held construction company in its acquisition of several regional competitors.
  • Represented a growth-stage tech company in its acquisition and integration of another growth-stage tech company to create a new product line.
  • Represented over 100 small to medium sized privately held businesses in the acquisition, merger, or disposition of their businesses.

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Construction & Design
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Emerging Companies
  • Investment Funds
  • Investment Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Emily’s Hope - Board of Directors


     Pro Bono 100 Hours 2022

  • Contributed more than 100+ Challenge pro bono hours, 2022
  • Named "Minneapolis Ones to Watch" in Mergers and Acquisitions Law / Real Estate Law / Securities / Capital Market Law by Best Lawyers®, 2022-2023
  • “Great Plains Rising Star” from Super Lawyers, 2017-2021
Joseph M. Wiltse