James E. Betz - Attorney at Law


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Summary of

Experienced Trial Lawyer

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory (highest possible rating)

  • The Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide, Recommended by fellow attorneys as the best in their jurisdictions for handling certain legal matters

  • Leading American Attorney (American Research Corporation, fewer than 8% of licensed Minnesota attorneys selected)

  • Tried thirteen jury trials to verdicts as high as $1,160,000.00

  • Licensed Minnesota Attorney in good standing over 20 years


1975 - 1979        Hamline University School of Law   St. Paul, MN
Juris Doctor
Earned honor to represent Law School in Moot Court Competition for  two consecutive years against other law schools nationally.

1971 – 1975       Carlson School of Management       Mpls., MN
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration  
Graduated with distinction, top 15% of class while working full time and
raising family


Professional experience

1989 - present     Dunkley, Bennett, Christensen & Madigan, P.A. 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Successfully handled civil cases ranging in complexity from products liability to simple wills.

  • Obtained $500,000.00 jury verdict against group home on behalf of mentally retarded client raped by a fellow resident.

  • Obtained $1,160,000.00 jury verdict against farm equipment manufacturer for man whose arm was mangled by defective hay baler.

1988 – 1989            Lange, Megarry & Betz      Bloomington, MN

1983 – 1988            James E. Betz & Associates
Minneapolis, MN

1982 – 1983            Villaume & Betz                   Minneapolis, MN

1980 – 1982            Markve, Aune-Markve & Betz
Minneapolis, MN



Recreational Activities update, Minnesota Cause of Action Manual, 1993


Additional professional activities

Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Hamline University School of Law 1990 – 1992

Civil Litigation Instructor, Minnesota Legal Assistant Institute 1986 – 1992

CLE Speaker, Handling the Automobile Accident, MTLA, 1989

CLE Speaker, Discoverability of Statements Made to Insurance Carriers, MALA, 1992

CLE Speaker, Recreational Immunity, MTLA ,1993

CLE Speaker, Cross-Examination of the Expert Witness, Hamline University School of Law, 1989


Professional memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Eighteenth District Bar Association

Hamline University School of Law Alumni Association

University of Minnesota Alumni Association

American Arbitration Association


Community activities

Volunteer Attorney, Chrysalis Center for Women, 1986 to present    

Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, 1988 to present

Speaker, Hazeldon Center for Youth and Families, 1998 to present

President, Hamline University School of Law Alumni Association, 1989 - 1990

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, early 1990’s

Volunteer, Special Olympics, 1987 to 1991

Alumni Spokesperson, Dean Selection Committee, Hamline University School of Law, 1989 - 1990

Volunteer Attorney, Minnesota State Bar Association “Law Day”, late 1980’s

Regular and consistent pro bono legal work, 1980 to present



Available upon request





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