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James CW Bock

Family Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   78 reviews

also known as James Carson Whedbee Bock

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  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 6 years
    Wisconsin - WI 25 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Authorized to Practice
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    35%
    Experienced in divorce (dissolution), paternity, custody, child placement, parenting time, child support, termination of parental rights, domestic abuse and alienation.

    25 years

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Defense of clients facing criminal charges for felony and misdemeanor crimes such as drunk driving (DUI / DWI), drug charges, harassment or assault charges, violent crimes, and traffic violations.

    25 years

  3. Litigation
    25%
    Criminal & Civil, both State & Federal, Native American (Tribal) Court

    25 years

  4. Mediation
    10%
    (i.e., mediator) me·di·a·tionˌmēdēˈāSH(ə)n/ noun intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration. "the parties have sought mediation and it has failed" synonyms: arbitration, conciliation, reconciliation, intervention, intercession, good offices; More intervention in a process or relationship; intercession. "they are offering sacrifice and mediation between God and man" copyright Google (2016)

    25 years

  5. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Representing MLB, NFL, CFL and AFL players, PGA professionals and NCAA head and assistant coaches, as well as versed in state high school rules, regulation and bylaw requirements.

    25 years

EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW (DIVORCE, PATERNITY, CUSTODY & PLACEMENT, ETC.) ATTORNEY FOR DIFFICULT CASES!

I earnestly strive to provide my clients guidance and understanding throughout the representation. I realize when one hires an attorney, it is often because the individual is going through a difficult time in his or her life. To me it is important to develop a level of trust.  My practice focuses on the client, whether it be complex family law issues, sports & entertainment advise and representation and/or entirely litigation oriented. I take the time to listen, validate and truly understand the issue(s) presented from my client's perspective, explain the relevant legal principles I see as applicable, all to create an individualized strategy for each client in order to reach the most favorable outcome.  To date I have been extremely successful with this approach.  If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me for a confidential initial consultation.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2018 2017 2016 + 3 ...
Top Contributor 2017,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2017 2015 2014 + 1 ...

Photos and videos

Himalayan foothills with a Hindu holyman

Location

JCWB ESQ LLC
1225 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 1105
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
JCWB ESQ LLC
808 Carmichael Road, PMB 113
Hudson, WI, 54016-7759
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  78 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Charly | February 24, 2013
Exceptional Representation That's As Good As It Gets
Dealing with legal matters is unbelievably stressful, hence having knowledgeable, professional and "trustworthy" representation is always important. However when you reside outside the state of your court case it's absolutely crucial on every level and James CW Bock is without question the best of the best. James not only provided me with the highest level of service, he gave me something that money can't necessarily buy —a sense of security and peace of mind throughout the duration of my case. Professionally James possesses expertise in numerous areas of the law, which made him an invaluable resource during my extremely complicated divorce. We had jurisdictional issues, financial issues as well as cultural issues since the man I was divorcing resided on an Indian reservation. James went above and beyond to be sure that everything was consistently handled promptly and effectively at every turn —and there were plenty of complex aspects to tackle. James was dependable, creative and incredibly honest. He also made sure I fully understood each aspect of my case as it evolved. Additionally the awareness I gained gave me clarity and confidence despite being so far away. I've found that many divorce attorneys including the two I let go of prior to retaining James encourage a divisive and aggressive stance in divorce matters. Such an approach significantly raises the stress levels and can also unnecessarily complicate the ability to reach a settlement favorably. However James maintained a completely solution oriented approach throughout in addition to helping me stay focused on achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of emotional drama. This was invaluable to me and greatly facilitated our ability to conclude matters successfully. On the personal side James is man of great integrity and compassion. He understood how emotionally taxing it felt for me to be several states away from where my case was taking place, thus he always checked in to see how I was feeling, addressed any of my fears and concerns, and made sure that I felt calm and assured as the case progressed. Between my family members, friends and myself I've had plenty of exposure to attorneys hence I know that the service James provides is exceptional and certainly beyond the norm. He successfully navigated all the complex aspects of my case with a fantastic attitude. Even more I felt like I had a partner with my best interests in mind throughout the duration of my case. All in all I cannot recommend James CW Bock highly enough. He is in my opinion the best you're going to find. Being able to have that kind of trust and faith is rare. Give him a call and retain him without hesitation. It will be the most advantageous call you make.
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Response from James Bock January 15, 2014
Thank you, Charly! Be well my friend.
Posted by Danelle | September 27, 2013
The First Attorney I Met With - Didn't Have To Look Any Futher
I knew from our first meeting that I would not have to look any further for an attorney. I had done my research online but it was time to have someone else to "fight my battle" when child placement became an issue to my ex. James has been able to keep me informed through it all and to explain things so I felt knowledgable with what was going on. We are just now nearing the end of our almost year long battle. It certainly hasn't been easy all of the time - after all - James is your "rainy day" kind of guy but he has helped make it bearable. He truly listens to what I need to say - even if it's just venting - and gives me honest advice to help me make those tough decisions that are unavoidable. I have already referred him onto friends and family that are in need of a great attorney and I will certainly continue to refer him to anyone should they need legal assistance - I have never once thought I made the wrong choice when I chose James CW Bock as my attorney.
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Response from James Bock January 15, 2014
Thank you, Danelle. Keep that beautiful smile and be well.
Posted by Kara | February 23, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Saved our family from big financial burden
We had a difficult foster adoption case. He was straight forward and told me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear. This ended up saving our family from what would have been a large financial burden. He spent a lot of time on us without ever being signed up to represent us yet. Very down to earth and caring person. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Beth | June 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer!!
I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney. I am so very thankful to James. He had my back!!
Posted by Britt | March 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer With Heart
James helped me with absolutely everything about my divorce, all the way from discussing with me the language I did not understand and helped me see the bigger picture in what was a very messy divorce. I felt heard, seen, and was treated like a human by James, even though the other parties made me feel none of that. I appreciate the heart and time that James took to help me through a year-long divorce and feel that we truly "won" even though no one wins in a divorce. I will forever use James as my attorney if there is anything in the future that needs to be changed or updated.
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Response from James Bock March 25, 2023
Thank you! Be well, Brit.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded Expectations
James is wonderful. Straight forward, clear, concise, and honest. I really felt like I had someone who was advocating for me and someone who cared about my case. Based on my experiences with past representation I feel like James went above and beyond my expectations. He would always make sure I understood what was going on within my case, he made himself available when I had questions, and he helped me recognize where I needed support and helped me find the resources I needed. I recommend him and will hire him again for any future representation.
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Posted by Ted | May 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
James is a very professional, punctual, detailed, fair, and patient making sure I understood everything that was happening during the process of my divorce.
Response from James Bock June 20, 2022
Thank you, Ted.
Posted by Lee | March 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
James came on very late in my case. He got up to speed very quickly and and was on top of everything from the get go. James is very punctual with any paperwork, filings and kept me in the loop at every turn. James communication with me was always very timely returning emails or calls usually within the hour. He will be my referral to anyone needing legal help and will be my first call for any legal matter. Thanks again James
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Posted by Janette | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick response in time of a crisis.
Worked quickly (on a Friday no less!) to help family members in a crisis situation. Looking forward to having him help clear up a legal matter. Appreciate the immediate action taken on a Friday afternoon.
Posted by Mirela | January 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassion
Divorces are always stressful; they break not only the immediate family, but also extended family and friends. Capacity of mental strength needed to overcome all the losses is huge. My friend is going through all of this and plus. The whole process simply broke him. I was afraid to think about how the whole thing will end up and how much more my friend can endure. That is when James landed a helping hand. He gave him hope, he heard him, and pointed him to right directions. James needs to know that his compassion gave my friend the strength to continue on. James, from all my heart, thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive and firm
James is a fighter and supportive and knows how to put things how you need to hear them, not how you want to hear them. He is real and does not sugar coat things. He is the only lawyer I have ever had and I hope due to his hard work the only one I will ever need!
Response from James Bock November 17, 2021
Thank you...
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING
He was amazing. Helped me stop my sister from Taking my baby. He was beyond fast and great.
Response from James Bock March 23, 2021
Thank you!
Posted by Erik | November 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Buffalo County Case
James was fair and honest about the law and gave great advice on how to proceed. I would definitely hire James again in the future and recommend him to anyone else in a similar situation as mine.
Response from James Bock November 30, 2020
Thanks Erik, keep working on the relationship!
Posted by Amanda | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
James was absolutely great! My first attorney quit before my divorce was finalized and James stepped in to help me. He was great at communicating with me and keeping me up to date on everything. I was always cc’d on every email and he would call me frequently to ask questions or provide up dates. My ex-husband’s attorney was very difficult to work with and very challenging to get a hold of, but James pushed to get everything done. I am so grateful and would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal help in the future.
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Response from James Bock August 28, 2020
Thank you, Amanda, Please be well. Stay well.
Posted by Dan | June 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair Honest and direct
James handled my divorce, which in Wisconsin is not necessarily in the guy's favor. We were able to reach a settlement. James helped protecting my rights, values and interests in a fair manor. Reasonable in his billing services as well. I would definitely recommend his services.
Response from James Bock June 22, 2020
Thank you Dan. Please be and stay well.
Posted by Molly | February 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Continued service
Being a former client, it was nice to get a quick response to my request for a document over a year after working with James. It's clear he runs an organized firm and believes in ongoing service. Thumbs up!
Response from James Bock February 22, 2020
Thank you Molly - please let me know if we can do anything else for you. Please be well.
Posted by Heidi | December 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First Attorney Ever James is The Best
I will always recemmend James to my family and friends. He did such a great job and got me my visitation with my grandkids. I wouldn't have my visitation if it weren't for him. James is very Professional on what he does. I'm so very appreciative for him. I can't express enough how wonderful he is !
Response from James Bock December 20, 2019
Thank you Heidi! Be well.
Posted by LuAnn | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent help
James is an excellent attorney that has what it takes to represent you in an appeal. He makes you feel like you matter and doesn't feel like he ever talks above me. I would and am hiring him again and would recommend to anyone else that if you want someone that really works for you, James is definitely the person to hire.
Response from James Bock December 28, 2018
Thank you, LuAnn.
Posted by Shelly | December 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
James is very professional and knowledgeable. I didn't have to stress once I retained him for his services. I knew James was perfect for my situation and fought hard to get what I deserved. I am very please with James and would hire him again.
Response from James Bock December 12, 2018
Thank you Shelly. Be well, stay in touch, and . . . , well, I'm a Vikings fan (SKOL)! :)
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You need James
I've had four previous attorneys who didn't communicate timely, failed to educate me on the legal process, produced poor court documentation and ultimately cost me thousands. James is very thorough in his work and makes navigating the legal process much easier. James is a sharp shooter with intellect and experience. He will tell you exactly what you need to hear (not what you want to hear) and prepare you for your legal journey. In hiring James I understood that my previous attorneys were good at being actors, they said things inside the court room and in emails that made me feel like they were on my side but didn't do the necessary steps to follow through. James understands the necessary paperwork and processes that are needed to properly represent you. Most people hire attorneys thinking that they will solve their issues, but fail to realize that the ultimate decision is based on the courts interpretation of the law and what is before them. James is invested by researching your case and helping you make the best decision. My mistake of hiring other attorneys and spending thousands is yours for free; hire James.
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Response from James Bock April 17, 2018
Thank you. I know your situation has been difficult, though we reached the appropriate resolution in the last order. Be well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-1000 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Public Reprimand issued in WI, 2011
updated on 03/02/2015

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

James's comment: “I have handled many out-of-state legal matters for a number of clients. I have always moved the court for permission to appear after notifying opposing counsel of my licensure status. In all but one case I have been granted such. In MN I was given Private Probation for too many admissions on a MN opposing attorney's complaint; the WI regulatory body desired not to honor reciprocal discipline & compelled me to stipulate to a public reprimand. I did. I accept responsibility & ask what harm?”

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • JCWB ESQ LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Principal & Partner
  • Bock & Battina, LLP
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Attorney At Law
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Principal Contract Advisor
  • Ascension Sports
  • 1994 - 2020
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Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.)
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lee J. Nelson v. Elizabeth J. Loock
  • TRO Dismissed / Injunction Denied
  • In RE the marriage of: Debra J Hashbarger & Leslie J Hashbarger
  • Default reopened with evidentiary hearing on maintenance to the Respondent
  • Carleen J Troff vs. Amanda Anderson-Jackson
  • Order dismissing & vacating TRO/Injunction
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Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • St. Croix Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Nonresident Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Section Chair
  • 2020 - 2021
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Incoming Section Chair
  • 2019 - 2020
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - 2019
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Batters Treatment Certification Workgroup Member
  • 2012 - 2019
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Door County Bar Association
  • Limited Scope Representation in Family Law
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (54)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am endorsing James Bock for his superior lawyering skills. James strives for quick resolution of matters while others prolong and complicate them. He will always return your phone call in a timely manner and will work diligently to provide creative solutions to the issues in dispute. Most appreciable; however, is his value for integrity within the profession, which does not go unnoticed when working with him."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is truly an asset to his family law clients. He combines his strong command of the law with innovative arguments to provide cost effective advocacy for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had multiple family cases with Attorney Bock. He is always very professional and reasonable to work with. Attorney Bock is a zealot advocate for his clients and possess a great understanding of the law and local procedure."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Attorney Bock in an extremely contentious matter. Attorney Bock was very professional and worked hard to negotiate a resolution to the matter without having a trial."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Attorney Bock on a few cases and he is vibrant, professional and very cooperative when it comes to working on solutions that are in the best interest of our clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an aggressive advocate for his client's interests whose competence and professionalism make him a pleasure to work with. James uses his knowledge and expertise to achieve results that are not only fair to his client but also workable in the context of that client's family situation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Great attorney who works hard to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"16 years of practicing law is extremely experienced. His knowledge of both criminal law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. The most important thing is what clients think and here their reviews are outstanding. READ THEM! Endorsements from his peers are also stellar. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bock is one of the finest attorneys in his state. I highly recommend legal services."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bock is professional to the highest degree and works constructively with his peers."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found him to be extremely competent and easy to work with. He means what he says and is honest. He is civil and works well with other attorneys."
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable and experienced lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His passion for justice is exemplary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a vigorous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with James early in my career. He is an exceptional attorney and a zealous advocate who genuinely cares about his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, I have consulted with James on numerous matters and find he has a keen sense of what needs to be done in numerous complex litigation matters."
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Minneapolis Family Lawyer James CW Bock
James CW Bock
Family Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details