James is reasoned, straightforward, and enthusiastic about resolving his clients' most challenging legal issues.


James represents businesses, product manufacturers, and financial institutions across the country in complex commercial and class action litigation. His unique background, which includes military and judicial clerkship experience, sets him apart from his peers and enables him to quickly dive into, understand and assist with all aspects of litigation.

Before joining the firm, 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 an invaluable perspective on how judges approach and decide cases. James also served as an adjunct professor of torts and constitutional law at his alma mater, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he continues to mentor current and prospective students.

In addition to his legal practice, James is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, currently serving as Officer in Charge of an operational support unit that supports Navy missions across the United States. He has over 13 years of service in the active duty and reserves, including three deployments on a guided-missile destroyer to the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Baltic Sea, where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. James also attended the Navy War College, where he received the Command and Staff diploma. Similar to the rigors of litigation, James's military duties demanded a high level of performance in often stressful environments.


Product Liability/Class Action

James has experience defending gas valve manufacturers in putative class action lawsuits and other product liability actions, where he has achieved dismissal with prejudice before the class certification stage. 

Governmental Approvals

Obtained decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals directing the County to issue conditional use permits for solar farms because the County failed to deny them within the time period prescribed by statute.

Consumer Protection Defense

Regularly defends lenders and loan servicers in a wide variety of contested matters, including claims of breach of contract and alleged violations of RESPA, FCRA, FDCPA, and other consumer protection laws.  James routinely achieves favorable results for his clients, from early settlements to favorable decisions at the district court and before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pre-Litigation Disputes

After a thorough investigation, James ultimately obtained a $250,000 mediated settlement for his client based on allegations of fraud, all without any court intervention.

White Collar and Special Investigations

Represents clients in civil enforcement actions under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, as well as clients under investigation for allegedly violating federal and state statutes.

Pro Bono and Community Service

James is committed to pro bono work, serving on the firm's pro bono committee and devoting significant time to clients in the areas of immigration law, criminal appeals, and Social Security disability law.  James also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, as well as the board of directors for the Minnesota Navy League, an organization that promotes education, supports Minnesota-deployed service members and their families, and sponsors U.S. warships bearing Minnesota names.

News & Insights

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


  • Honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
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