Andrew T. James


(952) 224-7298

Drew's Assistant
Sherri Debettignies

An associate in FMJ’s Litigation and Appellate practice groups, Drew James is a seasoned litigator and appellate lawyer.

Mr. James represents clients in high-stakes employment discrimination, civil rights litigation, and sport-related cases in state and federal courts, in Minnesota and around the country. Mr. James’ diverse experience includes employment discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases, Title IX lawsuits, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, civil rights lawsuits brought under Section 1983, and FAA civil penalty proceedings. His clients range from individuals to large companies.

Mr. James handles cases from their beginning to their end, drafting and arguing appeals in state and federal appellate courts. His extensive experience working as part of a trial team and appellate team make him an invaluable resource in formulating legal strategy and positioning cases to succeed at every stage.

Before joining FMJ, Mr. James 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.

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, 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.

Representative Cases:
Portz, et al. v. St. Cloud State University, et al., Case No. 0:16-cv-01115-JRT-LIB (D. Minn. July 25, 2016): Won preliminary injunction allowing university’s women’s tennis and Nordic ski teams to continue competing; trial expected in 2018. (

Universal Network Solutions, Inc. v. Michael Hoover, Court File No. 62-CV-15-3630 (Ramsey Cnty. Dist. Cv. Aug. 3, 2016): Obtained confidential settlement in lawsuit brought on behalf of company against former employee for fraud, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, and punitive damages.

Stewart P. Jump v. Northern Tier Retail, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-cv-02809 (PAM/JJG) (D. Minn. Oct. 24, 2014): Obtained confidential settlement in lawsuit brought on behalf of individual against his former employers concerning denial of his employment benefits.

Kathryn Brenny v. The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Court File No. 27-CV-11-1215 (Henn. Cnty. Dist. Ct. Mar. 8, 2014): Court awarded damages in excess of $500,000 for sexual orientation discrimination by University of Minnesota against its former women’s golf coach. (

Keith C. Davidson v. AVEMCO Ins. Co., et al., Court File No. 75-CV-13-271 (Stevens Cnty Dist. Ct. Jan 6, 2014): Court dismisses lawsuit with prejudice and grants sanctions against defendant relating to fatal crash of aircraft in 2003.

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 playing with his golden retriever, Loki.