James J. Seifert


(952) 224-7278

James's Assistant
Wendy Flanery

Cultivating relationships is not the bedrock principle for most law practices, but for Jim Seifert’s practice, this approach is fundamental. As an accomplished attorney and executive with a rich and diverse background in business strategy and ethics, Jim addresses his clients’ issues with savvy, sophisticated, and sound business judgment. He has been practicing for over 30 years and his career has regularly focused on manufacturing and technology.

Jim is a Shareholder in FMJ’s Manufacturing, General Corporate & Business, and Mergers & Acquisitions groups. He has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border transactions, sophisticated financings, intellectual property, litigation, board governance, and risk management. He is also recognized nationally for creative approaches to resolving litigation outside the traditional litigation process and has a deep knowledge of global regulatory, safety/health/environmental, and government relations operations.

Before joining FMJ, Jim was an in-house attorney with five public companies, Assistant General Counsel at American Hoist and Derrick, Assistant General Counsel at The Toro Company, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at The Tennant Company, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Bemis Company, and most recently, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Ecolab, Inc. He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate and received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University. He also has a Master of Science degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems and will earn a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Minnesota in May of 2019.

Jim is also a tremendous asset to the state of Minnesota. He has served on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Board, TPT – Twin Cities PBS Board, and in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is currently a Board Member of Nuvera, Inc., a public telecommunications company, where he chairs the Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

University of Notre Dame (BA)
Creighton University (JD)
University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering (MS)
University of Minnesota (MPH candidate)

Bar Admissions:

Professional Associations and Memberships:
United States Patent Attorney, Reg. #50179
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement:
Science Museum of Minnesota, Vice Chair (2016) and Board Member (2010-2017)
Twin Cities Public Television, Chair of Government Relations Committee and Board Member (2010-2016)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs – University of Minnesota, Dean’s Advisory Board (2005-2014)
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, Board Member (2002-2010)
Minnesota House of Representatives, First Term Legislator of the Year (1991-2001)

“ADR Law and Practice,” Contributing Author, Sheppard’s McGraw-Hill

Practice Philosophy:
“I am focused on the profitable and sustainable growth of business clients. Legal services complement those goals when they are timely, practical, and effective.”