Joseph R. Lapointe was born at Waverly, Iowa on November 21, 1952 to Francis and Betty Lou Lapointe. The oldest of ten children, Joe grew up in Mason City, Iowa.

     Joe graduated  from Mason City High School in 1971.  Joe completed high school in two years and was a National Merit Finalist.  He was named one of America’s five most outstanding high school students by Who’s Who in American High Schools. Joe attended undergraduate school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.



    At Iowa, Joe was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English, cum laude, in 1973, having graduated from college in less than three years.

    Joe graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1978 and was awarded a degree of Juris Doctor with honors. Joe worked from 1973 to 1976 as a claims adjuster for Continental Western Insurance Company in Waterloo, Iowa.

    In 1978 Joe joined the Law Offices of Warren L. DeVries where he worked for two years, primarily in the area of insurance defense litigation.

    Joe started his own law firm in 1980 and has been practicing law in Mason City ever since.

    Joe was  named the Iowa Lawyer of the Year in 1985 in recognition of his record of providing pro bono legal services to the poor.

    Joe was the founder of the North Iowa /Transition  Center, a halfway house for the mentally disabled in Mason City and was the 1992 democratic candidate for state representative.

    Joe is a member And past president of the Cerro Gordo County Bar Association, the Sub-district 2A Bar Association, and the  Iowa State Bart Association.  He is a member of the bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Joe is experienced in  and practices in many different areas of law, including criminal defense, divorce and family law, personal injury litigation, bankruptcy,  and probate, real estate and contract law

    Joe and his wife, Jenifer, are at home in Mason City,  Joe’s children Francis and Ruth attend college.  He enjoys golf, fishing and playing the piano.






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