James C. Selmer

James C. Selmer

Managing Partner
612-338-4120 Fax
E-mail: jselmer@jselmerlaw.com

James Selmer’s primary strength as a lawyer is his exceptional ability to understand his clients’ needs. At the same time, he has a sharp ability to assess the true objectives of his clients’ adversaries. James applies his unique skills to both litigation and transactional matters, regardless of whether a particular case presents simple or complex issues. He analyzes client matters meticulously, taking the time to know his clients’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of the opponent, in order to serve his clients’ best interests.

James has more than 35 years experience handling a variety of transactional matters as well as complex multiparty cases in state and federal district courts. He has extensive experience in virtually all phases of the litigation process from pretrial to trial to the appellate level. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance litigation, business and commercial litigation, general liability claims, contracts, labor and employment law, and real estate matters, including eminent domain, condemnation litigation and title opinions.

His use of sound judgment and common sense, along with effective communication, negotiation, and trial skills, have yielded numerous favorable results for his clients throughout the years.

  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • General Liability & Negligence Claims
  • Insurance Defense & Related Issues
  • Contracts
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Real Estate Litigation, including Eminent Domain/Condemnation/Title Opinions
  • Worker’s Compensation

  • University of Wisconsin Law School – Madison, Wisconsin, J.D., 1977
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin, B.A. Economics, 1974, Honors Distinction

  • James C. Selmer & Associates, P.A., Managing Partner, 10/83 – Present
  • Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, Hearing Review Officer, 1996 – 2000
  • Western Life Insurance Co., St. Paul Companies, Assistant Counsel, 6/81 – 9/83
  • Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Special Assistant Attorney General, 3/79 – 5/81

  • Minnesota – State and Federal District Courts
  • Wisconsin – United States District Court, Eastern District and Western District
  • Florida – United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

  • Member Minnesota Association Black Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member American Corporate Counsel Association-Past
  • Past Interim Commissioner Minnesota State Lottery Commission

  • Past Board Member School District Education Foundation
  • Sponsor Minnesota Youth AAU Basketball

  • AIDS in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers, 9/98
  • Career Presentations, National Bar Association
  • Discovery: Investigations, CLE: The Basics of Effectively Preparing Your Case, Minnesota CLE, 10/96
  • Attorney Involvement in Intercollegiate Athletics, CLE (Ramsey County Bar Association)
  • Panelist Litigation Seminars
  • Panelist Corporate Law Seminars - Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Marquette, Hamline School of Law, 1983 to 1995
  • Judge, National Judicial Conference, 1995
  • Client presentations – current practice area issues