Practice Overview

James A. Godwin has more than 10 years of experience counseling and defending employers in a full range of labor and employment matters. He represents businesses in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, compliance, and contractual employment disputes. James also represents clients in general business litigation including contract, fiduciary, and shareholder disputes.

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA; 2005, J.D.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; 2002, B.A. Political Science and Economics


  • Rising Star,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2015 

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Olmsted County Bar Association President
  • Third District Bar Association President (2013-2014)
  • Rochester Area Builders Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Rochester Human Resources Association, Legislative Chair
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Mediator
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Associations