Attorneys at Law


James L. Forman


LAW PRACTICE INTERESTS: Business competition, ownership and employment transition and movement, risk prevention and mitigation, early dispute resolution and mediation. Primarily non-compete and non-solicit restrictions.

LAW PRACTICE BACKGROUND: Over 30 years of experience as a business litigator and non-compete and non-solicitation lawyer.  Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Minnesota. Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

LAW PRACTICE APPROACH: Approaches matters thoughtfully.

A FAVORITE QUOTE: “Without access there can be no justice.” ABA YLD 1994-95.

ATTORNEY EMPLOYMENT: Since late May 2007, practicing with the firm, now known as, Oberman Thompson, LLC. Before Oberman Thompson, practiced with the firm, last known as, Rider Bennett, LLP, beginning in the fall of 1985.

EDUCATION: Graduated in 1977 from St. Paul Academy & Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota (“SPA”), in 1981 from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon (“LC”) and 1985, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, now known as, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota (“Mitchell”).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: A Life Trustee of LC, a Member of the Board of Advisors of LC’s Graduate School of Education & Counseling, a past Trustee of Mitchell, a Board Member of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a member of the SPA Alumni Council, and a Governing Member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, Minnesota.

WORKING WITH STUDENTS:  Former adjunct professor at Mitchell (the Business Law Clinic) and at Concordia University’s College of Business and Organizational Leadership, St. Paul, Minnesota (MBA 535- Legal Environments for Managers—Blended Learning). Mentoring law students at Mitchell and the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

FAMILY: Married to Karen. Two children, Ben and Amelia.

HOME TOWN: St. Paul, Minnesota.

ALSO LIKES TO: Barbeque, garden, golf, wear bow ties, listen to audio books, journal, and attend sporting events and various arts related performances and shows.

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