Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Joanna M. Salmen

Partner - Minneapolis


Bar Admissions: Minnesota; North Dakota; U.S. District Court, Minnesota; U.S. District Court, North Dakota; The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Practice Groups: Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability Defense, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2010, JD; University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2006, BA, Journalism

Memberships: Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association - Products Liability Committee; Minnesota State Bar Association - New Lawyers Section, Committee Chair; The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)


Joanna Salmen is a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office, focusing her practice in the areas of asbestos defense, complex commercial litigation and professional liability defense.  Prior to joining Foley & Mansfield, she worked as a judicial clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Joanna received her J.D. in 2010 from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform, and was a member of the Sports Law Society, Environmental Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society and Women Law Student Association.

Joanna received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2006. While an undergrad, she was an editor and writer for The Badger Herald, a feature writer for On Wisconsin magazine, and an intern at IMG in the Tennis Division. Before attending law school, she worked as the Director of Public Relations for a commercial real estate and development firm in Chicago.


July 9, 2018
Seven Foley & Mansfield Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyer, Rising Stars List

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that seven attorneys in the firm’s Minneapolis office have been named to the 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists.


May 11, 2018
The New Guard in Asbestos Defense Litigation

Attorney at Law Magazine profiles the New Guard in asbestos defense at Foley & Mansfield.


November 20, 2017
Coming Together for a Purpose

The people at Foley believe that having a team of diverse and multifaceted individuals is essential to delivering the highest caliber, results-oriented legal representation to clients.... Consistent with that belief, they have thrown the doors wide to welcome and develop women in all areas of the profession.



  • Minnesota Rising Star® - 2018


  • And the Defense Wins - A.W. Kuettel & Sons Win, DRI The Voice. Read the article.
  • The Increasing Importance of National Coordinating Counsel, Minnesota Defense Magazine, Fall, 2015. Read the article. 
  • Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota & Recommendations for Change - Co-Author. 19 INFO. & COMM. TECH. L., 223