Joseph T. Pates grew up as a member of a military family with deep family roots in Minnesota. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in English, Joe returned to Minnesota to complete his Juris Doctorate at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to joining Severson Porter Law as an Associate Attorney, Joe worked as a law clerk for a firm in St. Paul, where he assisted clients with estate and business planning, probate, and trust administration.

Joe finds great fulfillment in helping and serving others. He strongly believes in the importance of approaching all legal matters with diligence, promptness, integrity, and excellence. In his hard-earned spare time, Joe enjoys reading, hiking, canoeing, gardening, playing banjo and guitar, and spending time with his family.