Joe Pingatore

Joe Pingatore

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Joe is a life-long resident of the Twin Cities. He completed his undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota and graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law.

Joe began his legal career as a trial attorney in private practice, then moved in-house to litigate many cases as a defense attorney for MSI Insurance. Later, going to the corporate side, Joe spent 15 years as Vice President General Counsel for two different insurance groups - first with MSI Insurance and then Western National Insurance. As chief legal officer for both companies, Joe was responsible for all legal and regulatory matters of the companies. He also managed the companies' litigation, including complex multi-million dollar exposures.

Joe had an opportunity to retire early from his 25 years in the insurance industry, and after realizing even more time on the golf course wasn't improving his game, he welcomed the chance to return to legal work with Chandler and Brown in the area of probate and estate litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate and Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude - 1981
  • University of Minnesota
    • Bachelor of General Studies - 1975
    • Major: Social work and Counseling