James C. MacGillis

Contact: 612.455.0503
Law School: University of Minnesota Law School - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jurisdiction: Minnesota


About James C. MacGillis
James C. MacGillis is a business attorney focusing on the corporate, employment and litigation needs of entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Jimâs transactional background, coupled with his understanding of and experience in pursuing litigation when necessary, is particularly well-suited to small and medium-sized businesses that need their legal concerns addressed promptly, efficiently, and effectively. Jim prides himself on exceeding his clientsâ expectations. His responsiveness, creativity and ability to efficiently evaluate, advise and advocate for his clients has earned him the respect of this peers, as Jim was named a 2006 Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1997, where he was a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review. In addition, he 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 the 400-attorney Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm in its Minneapolis office, practicing primarily in business and corporate law. Jim is a founding partner of Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.

Jim was born in Milwaukee, but has lived in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and abroad. In 2001 and 2002, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras as a small business development volunteer. Jim is fluent in Spanish, and currently represents clients from Mexico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.

Jim has spoken before classes at the University of St. Thomas New Venture MBA Program. He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Americoach, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit. Jim regularly volunteers with the Hennepin County Self-Help Expungement Clinic, and assists low income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Network.

Outside of the law, Jim officiates high school and college lacrosse, as well as high school basketball.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Civil
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Alternative billing arrangements and flat fees offered for appropriate cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional Experience
Business Development Volunteer, Peace Corps
Business development volunteer in Ocotepeque, Honduras.
Associate Attorney, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Associate attorney in business group of Minneapolis office of national firm.
Teacher, Jesuit Vounteer Corps
Volunteer in Camden, New Jersey.
University of Minnesota Law School - University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesJ.D.Law
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesM.A.Public Affairs
John Carroll UniversityB.A.Political Science
Honors: Honors Scholar, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society)
Professional Activities
Co-Chair, Business & Securities Law Section Hennepin County Bar Association 2009-Current
Professional Associations
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Activities: Business & Securities Law Section officer


Website: Website



Trepanier & MacGillis P.A.
8000 Flour Exchange Building
310 Fourth Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Telephone: 612.455.0503