James C. MacGillis

James C. MacGillis

  • Business Law, Employment Law, Estate Planning
  • Minnesota
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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.

Practice Areas
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
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Alternative billing arrangements and flat fees offered for appropriate cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Spanish: Spoken
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.
Jesuit Vounteer Corps
Volunteer in Camden, New Jersey.
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
M.A. | Public Affairs
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John Carroll University
B.A. | Political Science
Honors: Honors Scholar, Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society)
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Professional Associations
Hennepin County Bar Association
Co-Chair, Business & Securities Law Section
- Current
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Minnesota State Bar Association
- Current
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Hennepin County Bar Association
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Activities: Business & Securities Law Section officer
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Websites & Blogs
Minnesota Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Contact & Map
Trepanier & MacGillis P.A.
8000 Flour Exchange Building
310 Fourth Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Telephone: (612) 455-0503
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