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James C. MacGillis

James C. MacGillis

24 years of experience

Business Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning



James C. MacGillis is a business attorney focusing on the corporate, employment, and litigation needs of entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Jim prides himself on exceeding his clients’ expectations by addressing their legal concerns promptly, efficiently, and effectively. His responsiveness, creativity, and ability to efficiently evaluate, advise, and advocate for his clients has earned him the respect of his peers, as Jim was named a 2006, 2009 and 2010 Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine. Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997, where he was a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review. Jim earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 1998. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Jim joined Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm's Minneapolis office, practicing primarily in business and corporate law. Jim is a founding shareholder of Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. Jim was born and raised in Milwaukee, but has lived and worked in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and abroad. In 2001 and 2002, he served as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Honduras. Jim is fluent in Spanish and has represented clients from Brazil, Columbia, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela. Jim served as section chair of the Business & Securities Law Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association from 2008 through 2010. He is co-chair of the HCBA Oversight Committee for the Lawyer Referral & Information Service. Jim has spoken before classes at the University of St. Thomas New Venture MBA Program. Jim regularly volunteers with the Hennepin County Self-Help Expungement Clinic, assists low income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, and works with qualified businesses as part of the the Minnesota State Bar Association’s LegalCorps program. Outside of the law, Jim officiates high school and collegiate lacrosse. View More ›


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Practice Area

Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes,
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination,
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills,


Spanish: Spoken

Professional Experience

Business Development Volunteer
Peace Corps
2001 - 2002


University of Minnesota Law School

J.D. | Law

University of Minnesota Law School
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

M.A. | Public Affairs

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
John Carroll University

B.A. | Political Science

John Carroll University

Professional Associations

Hennepin County Bar Association

Co-Chair, Business & Securities Law Section

2009 - Current

Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association


2003 - Current

Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association


2003 - Current

Hennepin County Bar Association

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Trepanier & MacGillis P.A.
8000 Flour Exchange Building 310 Fourth Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415
Telephone: (612) 455-0503

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