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James Henry Gempeler

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Paul, MN

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2008
    Status
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About James

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I am one of the founding partners North Star Law Group. I am the head of the Criminal Defense practice group, where we represent clients facing criminal charges throughout the State of Minnesota, including but not limited to, DUIs, Assaults, Domestic Assaults, Thefts, Shoplifting, Weapons Charges, Criminal Vehicular Operation, Damage to Property, Drug Crimes, Murder, various sex crimes, Misdemeanors, Gross Misdemeanors, Felonies, Traffic Violations, Threats of Violence, Probation Violations, and Appeals. Beyond that, we specialize in obtaining expungements for deserving clients throughout the State, including the often difficult-to-achieve expungements of DWI records.

The North Star Criminal Defense approach is based on the singular belief that just because a person is charged with a crime does not make them a criminal. Good people can make mistakes that lead them to the criminal justice system. Our defense of each client is threefold: (1) develop a personalized legal strategy based on the big picture for each client, including understanding both the criminal and collateral consequences that could come from the criminal case; (2) we are Not Always Minnesota Nice when fighting for our clients - we know when to negotiate, when to fight, and how to utilize both to achieve the just result for the client; and (3) we are prepared to take the case to trial if necessary, where our trial skills shine. The North Star Criminal Defense team is stacking trial win after trial win, and on complicated, challenging cases, including a nine-count attempted murder case where the self-defense theory prevailed.

This individualized approach is what led to the North Star Law Group taking form. The Law Group overall assists clients in most any legal needs, including business formation, litigation, and the newly formed legalized cannabis counsel. We strive to take advantage of technology to create greater efficiencies in our representation that yields better and faster results, plus lower costs for our clients. We have a unique firm structure that is designed to put the client first and not line the attorneys' pockets. And we have built a firm culture where we are hard-working, driven, and humble - even though we thrive in achieving the results needed for our clients. We are confident that we can provide the legal services you need.

Location

North Star Law Group PLLC
413 Wacouta Street
Ste. 550
Saint Paul, MN, 55101

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Posted by Jim | December 4, 2023
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Case dismissed
After reviewing the State’s discovery in our case, James Gempeler developed and submitted motions to the court that resulted in the prosecutor formally dismissing all charges. I can’t ask for much more than that.
Posted by Sarah Addison | November 7, 2022
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
Janes did an excellent job on my case, getting a DWI charge reduced. I recommend him completely.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2022
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Mr. Gempeler is an Excellent Attorney
Mr. Gempeler treated me with respect every step of our lengthy fight. He listened to the information and facts that I provided to him, instead of trying to anticipate what I was going to say or assuming that he had heard it all before. He also answered all of my questions. Instead of encouraging me to take a plea for something that I had not done, Mr. Gempeler prepared for trial. In the end, the charges were dismissed. I cannot thank or recommend Mr. Gempeler enough to anyone who finds themselves in need of representation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2021
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Great choice of a lawyer
James Gempeler is great at what he does and truly works for his clients. He was really good at explaining all the details and the possible outcomes of the case. James also made me feel comfortable that'd I'd get the outcome I'd hoped for in which I did.
Posted by Donald | October 23, 2021
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Review of James Gempeler
It was a pleasure working with James. He was very professional, informative, explaining things in easy to understand terms and eased a lot of my anxiety. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2021
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Domestic
Mr. Gempeler did a great job for me got case dismissed ! I highly recommend this law firm to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2021
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Exceptional Lawyer!
James went over an above to represent me! Due to his commitment and dedication to the case, the outcome was better than I could have asked for! Thank you James for all of your hard work and consistent communication!
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2021
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Best lawyer and great human being
Never been in the system and being an immigrant with permanent residency pending for approval. I landed in problems all because of myself and caused angst, anxiety, embarrassment for all of my family here and my parents abroad. I reached out to the best known attorney and he calmed me and my spouse that he will get us out of the trouble and avoid any hinderance in our green card processing. But I did not use to hear back from him and we were in a contract with him. After some follow ups the attorney told me that I can fire him any time, I do deserve what I did and he basically backtracked himself. He was too high in his head that he is the best but without any communication to me, my anxiety level was very high. So I had no other option but to fire him. I started reading reviews on internet and luckily found Mr James Gempler with very positive and helpful reviews and his rate of success being very high. I asked for his time and he took out time to meet me in person free of charge in the same week. he is very calm, supportive, understanding and upfront with what he can try to achieve and does his best. He helped articulate the situation and helped us not to get in immigration deportation proceedings and many cascading things could have happened with our life turned upside down. Being an immigrant domestic violence is a criminal offense and is a direct deportation from ICE. I did not even know what was domestic violence other than me raising hand someone and hurting them. In this case I caused fear to my family and others and Mr James led my case and I was promptly informed for what I should do and his continued belief on what he could do. So now when I look back in time, I can not thank enough to Mr James and his assistants for helping me get through the most entangling crisis of my life. He helped me even with immigration attorney with referral who was also splendid in her (Shirlene) work. I see Mr James as a strong human being who in my case shielded me from adverse consequences and helped get me back again to life. I would without a doubt ask anyone who needs help reach out to him. He is open hearted and very reasonable in his contract.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2019
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Honest, Professional, Good Communication, Motivated
James worked diligently for desired outcome with my criminal case. He did his research and was able to seek a continuance for dismissal which I am happy with.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
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Best Result Possible
My goal was no jail time for a lying to a Police Officer Gross Misdemeanor. James got me what basically added up to a dismissal.
Posted by Steve | May 26, 2019
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Mr.
Mr. Gempleler is the best criminal defense lawyer in twin cities. Highly experienced and knowledgeable and did a great job.
Posted by DF | May 21, 2019
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Excellent Defense Attorney
James and his team at NorthStar did a great job representing me and they achieved a positive outcome on my behalf. I truly appreciate the clarity, thought-leadership and responsiveness provided by James and team. If I run across anyone needing similar assistance in the future, I’ll be sure to refer them to Northstar.
Posted by Lori | March 18, 2019
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Keep James Gempeler on speed dial
I am so pleased with James Gempeler and the result he was able to get for my case (my mother's case). He put in 100% energy and hustle to get the desired result and was reasonably priced compared to other lawyers I contacted. James kept me informed at all times and was easy to work with. I will definitely be keeping James on speed dial for any future lawyer needs and would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Suzi | July 28, 2018
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Amazing results
I had a wonderful outcome by having James represent me . He was very professional and reassuring right from the start! I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.
Posted by Sara | June 24, 2018
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Serious Charges
Mr. James Gempler is an exceptional lawyer. I was faced with some serious charges. 4th degree assualt on a police officer and Obstructing the legal process. I was extremely scared and worried . Mr. Gempler was so empathetic. I was very impressed with how fast he would respond to phone calls , e-mails and texts. Everyone on the staff was more than happy to help. He managed to get me the best possible outcome . I have to admit that i was impressed with him in the courtroom. Mr. Gempler was so professional , polite and eloquent. He truely gave my case a 100% don't think any lawyer could have fought any harder. I am so happy i hired him. If you are looking for someone who truly cares he is you man. Thanks again !
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Posted by Chris | April 6, 2018
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Diligent and caring
I hired James Gempeler as my attorney and he did an outstanding job handing my case. He explained and communicated everything to me diligently. Most importantly he displayed compassion and concern for me and my case. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and his persistence. James put one hundred percent into resolving my case successfully. Thank you James, we made the right decision putting our trust in you!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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Duluth DWI
James and his team at North Star Criminal Defense represented me in a DWI incident. James was able to give me calm and professional guidance in an extremely stressful situation for my family and I. Having an expert like James in my corner allowed me to achieve a favorable outcome in court. I felt confident an supported throughout the challenging legal process. I would recommend James and his team to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. Thank you James Gempeler and North Star Criminal Defense!
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2017
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Excellence at its Finest
James took on my case at a very difficult time in my life, right before the birth of our first child. I was very concerned that the mistake I made of driving home too early one morning after a bachelor party to my pregnant wife was going to stick with me forever. However, James did his very best to calm me down, inform me of the procedure and get the best outcome possible for me. I learned a lot through this process, but mostly that when one finds themselves in trouble with the law, hiring a true professional like James is far worth every penny. Now I can worry about being a good dad instead of a mistake I made with the best of intentions. Thank you James!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2017
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Great Service and Responsiveness
Life throws some crazy situations at us, many of which we don't know how to handle without proper guidance. Particularly, traffic violations. I found myself troubled with a minor traffic violation that I didn't understand or know the severity of. I called James Gempeler and left a message, he returned my call promptly and quoted me on the spot. His quote was accurate and he took extra time to meet with me so that I fully understood the traffic violation; worst case and best case scenarios. My ticket was resolved in a timely fashion and much to my satisfaction. I am so glad I didn't "go it alone" to defend myself in the courtroom. Having NorthStar on my side helped take this off my plate and bring it to resolution.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • North Star Criminal Defense
  • 2015 - Present
  • Founder and President
  • Gempeler Law, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Thomsen Nybeck, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Foley & Mansfield
  • 2008 - 2011
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Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. D.M.
  • Dismissed
  • State v. J.P.
  • Careless Driving
  • State v. J.H.
  • Petty misdemeanor on a felony charge
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Associations

  • MSBA
  • Solo/Small Firm Council member
  • 2015 - Present
  • MSBA
  • Criminal Law Council member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • North Star Lawyer
  • MSBA
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Up and Coming Attorney
  • Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • On Demand Series
  • Criminal Expungements
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Expungements
  • 2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Military Law Committee
  • Criminal Expungements
  • 2015
  • Everything But the Trial School
  • Expungement Law Update
  • 2015
  • 11th Annual CLE
  • Expungement Law Update
  • 2015
  • West Metro CLE
  • Expungement Law Update
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James does a great job protecting his clients and looking out for their interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Friend
"James works hard to defend his clients. He is not afraid of a fight and will zealously advocate for a favorable result."

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Saint Paul Criminal defense Lawyer James Henry Gempeler
James Henry Gempeler
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Paul, MN
Licensed for 15 years