James E. Lindell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Lindell & Lavoie, LLP
 | 431 South Seventh Street, Suite 2420
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-339-8811
Fax: 612-349-6806
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Russian
    Attorney Profile

    A Minnesota native, James E. Lindell is a partner at Minneapolis-based Lindell and Lavoie LLP. Providing representation to clients throughout the state, he focuses his practice on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death litigation, handling matters involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents and defective products. Mr. Lindell also assists people who have been injured on the job or who have contracted an occupational disease and who are seeking their rightful workers' compensation benefits. He has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

    As an undergraduate, Mr. Lindell received a Bachelor of Arts in international relations in 1966 from the University of Minnesota. After serving in the United States Army and then obtaining a master's degree in international studies from American University in 1970, he spent several years working in the public and private sectors before deciding to pursue his legal education. Mr. Lindell enrolled at the University of Minnesota Law School, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Lindell has been able to secure numerous sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his personal injury clients. His fellow professionals have taken note, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Lindell is a member of a variety of legal organizations, including the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 23 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2021

    Certificates and Credentials

    MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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    About James Lindell

    Admitted: 1977, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.lindellandlavoie.com/about-us/james-lindell/


    • Named one of Minnesota’s top 40 workers’ compensation lawyers, Mpls/St. Paul magazine and Minnesota Law & Politics
    • In 2016 I was selected as Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys., Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
    • Named  Super Lawyer®, 1998 – 2020
    • Named Attorney of the Year for 2012 by The Minnesota Lawyer  
    • Rated AV, highest rating of Martindale-Hubbell, Since 1998
    • In 2017 I was selected to join America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, limited to only 100 attorneys in Minnesota., America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 LLC, 2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Private pilot license, 1982
    • Civil Trial Law Specialist, Minnesota Bar Association, 1990  

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Board member, Officer and Dean
    • Wisconsin
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984  
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers, Member  
    • Minnesota, 1977
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1982
    • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
    • I was elected Dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, 2002-2003., 2003
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
    • American Society of Legal Advocates, Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

    Educational Background:

    • International Studies, The American University, Washington, M.A., 1970
    • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, B.A., 1966
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    Office Location for James E. Lindell

    431 South Seventh Street
    Suite 2420
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Phone: 612-339-8811

    Fax: 612-349-6806

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    Last Updated: 4/13/2021

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