James is reasoned, straightforward, and enthusiastic about advocating for his clients.


James represents banking and financial services entities, as well as other businesses and individuals, in complex commercial and class action litigation. He brings an eye for disciplined detail and understands how judges approach and decide cases.


Following law school, James completed two judicial clerkships; first as a law clerk to the Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and next as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson at U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  These clerkships exposed James to a wide range of issues in state and federal court at all stages of litigation, and gave him a unique perspective on how judges address these issues.

As an attorney, James helps banking and financial services entities defend against claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  James also handles discovery and motion work on a variety of other cases involving fraud, contractual disputes, product liability, and government investigations.

James is also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy with more than 12 years of service.  While on active duty, James deployed on a guided-missile destroyer to the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Baltic Sea, where he led divisions responsible for the ship’s engineering and damage control systems.  He also managed the development and implementation of several web-based applications.  James currently serves in the reserves as Officer in Charge of an operational support unit in Minneapolis.  Similar to the rigors of litigation, these positions all required a high level of performance in often stressful and demanding environments.

James is passionate about pro bono and community service.  He is a member of the Minnesota Council board of directors for the Navy League of the United States, an organization that promotes education, supports Minnesota-deployed service members and their families, and sponsors U.S. ships bearing Minnesota names.  James has also served as an adjunct professor of torts and of constitutional law at his alma mater, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he continues to mentor current and prospective students.

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Speaking Engagements

Co-moderator, “Meet the New Appellate Judiciary,” Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, July 2019

Presenter, "Applications of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, September 2016


Case Note, "Constitutional Law: How Minnesota Unconstitutionally Broadened Its Assisted Suicide Statute—State v. Melchert-Dinkel," William Mitchell Law Review, 2015

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Navy League of the United States, Minnesota Council, Board of Directors, 2016-present

Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Directors, 2021

Eighth Circuit Bar Association

Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter

Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Iowa, 2020
  • Minnesota, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa


Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016

  • Mitchell Hamline Law Review Volume 42, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Naval War College, Joint Professional Military Diploma, 2017

University of San Diego, B.A., Computer Science, 2006

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