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Joel J.H. Funk


Joel J. H. Funk is a transactional corporate attorney representing companies, entrepreneurs, and start-ups in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and structures, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, asset protection, non-profits, and other corporate governance matters.

Joel also advises clients with estate plans, both simple with the creation of Wills, Revocable Trusts, and Powers of Attorney as well as more complex plans for those with large estates and unique assets such as cryptocurrency, who wish to reduce estate tax exposure and preserve generational wealth with the utilization of Irrevocable Trusts such as Charitable Remainder Trusts, Beneficiary Defector Inheritor’s Trust, and Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts.

As the head of the mergers and acquisitions team at Hart David Carson – Joel has accomplished the successful completion of multi-million-dollar acquisitions for clients in a myriad of industries. Most notably Joel represented Addicting Games in connection with its sale to publicly traded, Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc., comprised of cash, stock, and debt in a deal valued at $35 million.

Joel is consistently named one of Illinois’s “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Advocates for his business and estate planning and has again been named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star for the fifth consecutive year - a designation reserved only for 2.5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

Joel received his J.D. and MBA degrees through Valparaiso University and graduated with high honors. His educational experience in business administration coupled with his extensive practical experience in corporate law and entrepreneurial investment, provides him keen insight into administrative, organizational, and contractual matters his clients face, allowing him to take a highly sophisticated approach to every situation regardless of its apparent complexity.


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Areas of Focus


Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyer - Rising Star – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • National Advocates Top 40 Under 40 – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Dupage County Bar Association
  • Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Super Lawyers
  • B.A., Political Science & Music Valparaiso University
  • M.B.A. Valparaiso University
  • Juris Doctorate Valparaiso University
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