Andrew T. James


(952) 224-7298

Drew's Assistant
Sherri Debettignies

Drew James is a skilled trial lawyer, litigator, and a tenacious advocate. He focuses his practice in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, sport-related lawsuits, and civil rights actions. Drew has secured favorable outcomes for his clients in a variety of cases.

In 2018, Drew was part of the trial team that represented Shannon Miller, the legendary former women’s hockey coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, winning a $3.74 million award for sex-based discrimination and retaliation. He has also won victories for his other clients across a wide spectrum of cases including breach of restrictive covenants, whistleblower and retaliation, negligence, breach of contract, trademark disputes, ERISA, and more. Drew also has experience as class counsel in class actions.

Before joining FMJ, Drew was in-house corporate counsel for a securities broker/dealer and registered investment adviser in the Twin Cities. He also has experience representing clients in state and federal criminal matters.

Representative Cases:
Shannon Miller v. The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Case No. 15-CV-03740 (PJS/LIB) (D. Minn. Mar. 16, 2018): Jury awarded Shannon Miller, the legendary former women’s hockey coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, $3.74 million in damages for sex-discrimination (Title VII) and retaliation (Title IX) claims. (Coverage can be found here).

Portz, et al. v. St. Cloud State University, et al., Case No. 0:16-cv-01115-JRT-LIB (D. Minn.): Represented class of current and future female students at St. Cloud State University in Title-IX-athletics lawsuit. Obtained court order requiring SCSU to immediately reinstate its intercollegiate women’s tennis and Nordic skiing teams. (Coverage can be found here). Case tried for seven days in December of 2018; outcome pending.

Kathryn Brenny v. The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Court File No. 27-CV-11-1215 (Henn. County Dist. Ct. Mar. 8, 2014): Court awarded Katie Brenny, the University of Minnesota’s former women’s golf coach, over $1 million in total damages (including fees, costs, and disbursements) for sexual-orientation discrimination claim. (Coverage can be found here).

University of Minnesota Law School (JD 2010)
Marquette University (BA 2007)

State Bar Admissions:
State of Minnesota
State of Wisconsin

Federal Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Community Involvement:
Edina High School – Varsity Policy Debate Coach
President – LEAD Project Board of Directors

What The Seventh Circuit’s Decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Means For You,” FMJ Newsroom (April 2017).

Media Interviews:
Quoted in Duluth News Tribune article entitled, “UMD Discrimination Lawsuit Set to Return to Court,” Nov. 12, 2016.
Quoted in St. Cloud Times article entitled, “Hearing Set on SCSU Tennis Team Lawsuit,” May 4, 2016.

Practice Philosophy:
“My first goal is to truly understand my client. Then I strive to do everything possible to exceed their expectations.”

The Rest of the Story:
Drew is an avid sports fan who closely follows Minnesota’s professional teams and Marquette basketball. He can frequently be found in coffee shops, discovering new restaurants, or spending time with his fiancée, Alyza, and his dogs, Loki and Rocky.