Attorneys at Law


James L. Forman


I am a business litigator, non-compete and non-solicitation lawyer, trusted advisor and counselor and problem solver.

My clients are business leaders (e.g., business owners, c-level executives, directors, professionals, founders, visionaries and entrepreneurs) and small to medium sized businesses.

My clients frequently ask me to represent them on legal matters concerning business ownership, business and employment transition and restraint or restriction on the ability to effectively participate and compete in various industries and marketplaces. The handling of these matters often turns on language in operational documents (e.g., bylaws, policies or handbooks), or agreements, such as:

  • Non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • Owner related (e.g., buy-sell or change of control) agreements
  • Other agreements, including, non-disclosure, franchise, employment, license/royalty, business/asset sale and independent contractor agreements

I have significant, first-hand, experience in handling and resolving the business dispute, emergency or crisis, with or without litigation, including through negotiation, settlement and mediation.

Today, I am an owner of Oberman Thompson, LLC (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Prior, I was a partner with Rider Bennett, LLP, also in Minneapolis.

I have an AV® Preeminent ™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, been named in Minnesota a “Super Lawyer” and recognized as a 2015 “North Star Lawyer.”

In 1985, I graduated, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, n/k/a Mitchell Hamline School of Law (St. Paul, Minnesota). Prior to attending law school, I graduated from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) in 1981 and St. Paul Academy/Summit School (St. Paul, Minnesota) in 1977.

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