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Jim Whelpley was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in 1975, the Court of Military Appeals in 1976, the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota in 1981 and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1982.  He is also licensed as a lawyer in Wisconsin.  Jim started as a lawyer in the Marine Corps, where he handled both criminal and civil cases.  He has handled a broad range of cases over the last 38 years, including thousands of divorces and hundreds of bankruptcies.

Jim always looks for a way to help every client, including those that choose to represent themselves, either because they have limited funds or simply because they want to represent themselves.  


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    37 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 40%
    32 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    37 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($250-295/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey Robert Arrigoni

    I endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent experienced, lawyer who is tough, fair, and works hard for his clients.


    Jeffrey Arrigoni Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Bruce D Kennedy

    I endorse this lawyer. He knows the law well. He cuts to the chase. He stays on top of his cases. He adapts his approach to the individual case, keeping simple cases simple, but bringing his broad experience to the more complicated matters. He is fair and straightforward about the fees he charges. I recommend Jim often.


    Bruce Kennedy Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James Whelpley & Associates

2151 Hamline Ave N Ste 202
Roseville, MN, 55113-4226


WIGood Standing201203/27/2015
MNAuthorized to practice197507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTwin City Attorneys1998 - Present
Attorney/PresidentJames Whelpley and Associates, Chtd.1988 - Present
Judge AdvocateU.S. Marine Corps1976 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2008 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th CircuitMember1982 - Present
U.S. District Court of MinnesotaMember1981 - Present
U.S. Supreme CourtMember1980 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
James Whelpley EsqBankruptcy in Minnesota2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fathers Resource CenterFamily Law2004