St. Paul attorney to be archdiocese’s new chancellor for civil affairs

| December 13, 2012 | 2 Comments


Attorney Joseph Kueppers of Mendota Heights has been named the new chancellor for civil affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

He will succeed Andy Eisenzimmer, who is retiring after serving in the position since 2005.

Kueppers, who begins his new duties on a part-time basis Dec. 19 and transitions to full time beginning Jan. 2, called the job “a wonderful opportunity to merge my legal training, talent and experience with my desire to serve the Catholic Church.”

“I look forward to assisting and advising the archbishop and archdiocesan parishes and schools,” added Kueppers, who has been practicing law for 29 years and currently serves as president of Kueppers, Kronschnabel & Daly, P.A. in St. Paul.

“Joe is an excellent addition to our leadership team at the archdiocese,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, in addition to his strong faith life.”

Kueppers has experience in many areas of law, including civil litigation, business law, real estate, estate planning, contract law and arbitration.

The legal profession runs deep in his family. “I’m a third-generation lawyer,” he said. “My grandfather was a lawyer who started practicing downtown [in St. Paul] in 1928. My father is a lawyer, and he started practicing in 1958. Then I became a lawyer in 1983. The three of us worked together in a law firm for five years, and I still work with my dad.”

Leading with faith

Kueppers graduated from St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and received his law degree from Hamline University.

A graduate of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, Kueppers also is a 2007 recipient of The Catholic Spirit’s Leading With Faith Award, which recognizes men and women whose business practices reflect their Catholic faith.

He is a member of the board of directors of Catholic United Financial, Cradle of Hope and Serra Club of St. Paul.

He has served as a volunteer arbitrator and mediator in the archdiocese’s Office of Conciliation since 2001.

Kueppers and his wife Vicki have three children and are members of St. Joseph in West St. Paul.

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