Law Office of Tom James
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With 18+ years of experience helping clients resolve legal problems and achieve their personal and business objectives, Tom James is dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to clients in Hennepin, Wright, Meeker, Stearns, and surrounding Minnesota counties.


Family Law

Expertise in helping clients with:
  • Parenting time -- establishing, modifying, and protecting parenting time rights
  • Parenting plans
  • Grandparent and third-party visitation 
  • Divorce, paternity, support 

  • Parenting Time Expediter. In addition to practicing law, Mr. James is also a qualified parenting time expediter. A parenting time expediter can help couples resolve parenting time disputes in a more amicable and less stressful way, at a fraction of the costs typically incurred when people "lawyer up" and face off in court.



    Mr. James has successfully prosecuted and defended appeals in both state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings. He has also drafted and filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of national charitable and public interest organizations in important cases. Admitted to practice in: 

    • Minnesota Supreme Court
    • Minnesota Court of Appeals
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal circuit (District of Columbia)
    • Trademark Trials and Appeals Board

    Legal Research and Writing

    Many years of experience conducting legal research and drafting legal documents for use in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including pleadings; motions; affidavits; memoranda of law; trial briefs; settlement agreements (including marital termination agreements); parenting plans; licensing agreements; cease and desist letters; business and non-profit organizational documents; and appellate motions and briefs. Before graduating magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley and Southwestern University, he garnered several awards, including the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for outstanding achievement in the study of the legal profession. He is also a published author of a book and articles on legal topics.

    Unbundled legal services. An unbundled legal service arrangement is one in which an attorney agrees to perform work for a client without undertaking full representation. This could include such things as: researching a specific question of law; drafting a pleading; ghostwriting a motion, affidavit, or memorandum of law; preparing a trial or appellate brief, appendix and table of authorites; formulating a discovery plan; representing a client at a deposition; and other things. It can be the perfect solution for those who either cannot afford full legal representation, or who simply prefer to represent themselves. It is not for everyone, but when it is appropriate, desired and feasible, it can result in substantial savings.  

    Trademark and Copyright

    Services include registration of U.S. trademarks, service marks and membership marks; opposition and cancellation proceedings; trademark appeals; copyright registration; DMCA compliance; trademark and copyright licensing; cease-and-desist letters and responses; and trademark and copyright infringement actions (prosecution and defense.)

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