Philip G. Villaume

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Bloomington, Minnesota

Villaume & Schiek, P.A.
Philip G. Villaume
Villaume & Schiek, P.A.

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Professional Liability, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1979

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2002, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2024

Villaume & Schiek, P.A.

2051 Killebrew Drive
Suite 611
Bloomington, MN 55425 Visit website


Attorney Philip G. Villaume is a partner with the Villaume & Schiek, P.A., law firm in Bloomington, Minnesota. Licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mr. Villaume represents clients throughout both states with their legal needs involving criminal defense and employment law.

A top-rated attorney with 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Villaume has received national recognition for his extensive legal knowledge concerning criminal law and procedure, employment law issues and professional ethics.

Along with his legal practice, Mr. Villaume conducts lectures across the country on topics related to his practice areas, and he once served as adjunct professor at both the University of Minnesota and the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He currently teaches law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and he is the author of The Law & Procedure Handbook for Minnesota Educators, as well as other published works.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Villaume has successfully advocated on behalf of thousands of clients facing serious criminal charges, as well as employees who experienced discrimination, harassment or some other injustice on the job.

Phil received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 naming him in the TOP 1% of all attorneys from throughout the country. 

From this high level of commitment to his clients and his impeccable professionalism, he has received a number of awards and honors. From 2015-2020 the National Association of Distinguished Counsel named him among the Nation's Top One Percent  and the American Academy of Trial Lawyers recognized him as a one of Minnesota's Premier 100 Trial Lawyers in 2015.


A 1971 magna cum laude graduate of Macalester College, Mr. Villaume obtained his Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1979. That same year, the Minnesota State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and the State Bar of Wisconsin admitted him in 1984. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association and a former member of the Minnesota Judicial Merit Selection Committee. He also has served as faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, The Professional Education Group, at the University of Northern Florida's Institute of Police Technology and Management  and the National Business Institute.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Professional Liability: Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Criminal Law - Federal, Employment Law - Employee, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, White Collar Crime

  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30% Professional Liability: Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1979, Minnesota

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • Member, Gubernatorial Appointee, Minnesota Judicial Merit Selection Commission, 1990 & 1999
  • Faculty Member, The Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of Northern Florida
  • Wisconsin, 1984
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Faculty Member, The Professional Education Group, Inc.
  • Minnesota, 1979
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Vice President, Mendota Heights Athletic Association
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • State v. Hershberger, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1990
  • State v. Gruhl, 1986
  • York v. Wood, 1996
  • Minnesota Lawyer Judges Choice Award as the "Most Well Prepared Lawyer", 1991
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, The National Law Journal, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 
  • Selected 2015 Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota by The National Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota, The National Lawyer, 2015
  • Selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2015 , 2016 ,2017 ,and 2018
  • Business and Consumer Guidebook to Law & Leading Attorneys, 1994 - 1998
  • Certificate of Excellence from Hamline University School of Law, 1990
  • Selected 2016 member Best Attorneys of America RUE Ratings
  • Best Attorney of America, RUE Ratings, 2016
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2018
  • Who's Who in Criminal Law and Employment Law, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Selected as Top rated National Employment Lawyer, 2012
  • Selected 2015, 2016 ,2017 ,and 2018 Nation’s Top One Percent of all lawyers by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Premier 100 Trial lawyers, The American Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Course Chair & Lecturer on criminal law, trial skills and employment law, and professional ethics for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education programs
  • Author, The Law & Procedure Handbook for Minnesota Educators, 1990
  • Reflections - A Message of Hope (Music Video), 1995
  • Author, The Better Work Environment, 1997
  • Co-Author of The Book, Teachers At Risk, 1993
  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas
  • Valuing Diversity and Eliminating Bias
  • Workplace Security and Safety
  • Employment Law
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Eliminating Bias
  • Prevention of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace
  • Investigation of Violence and Harassment Complaints
  • Lectured, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Educational Background:
  • Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1971

Office location for Philip G. Villaume

2051 Killebrew Drive
Suite 611
Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 952-641-7734


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2002, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2024

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