Attorney Spotlight: Jacob Lanthier

In what area of law do you practice and why did you choose this?


What did you want to be when you grew up?

A rare book trader and bookbinder in the vein of Mortimer Folchart.

When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?

Probably in High School, if not earlier.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer?

Parks ranger.

Tell us about a mentor who made an impact on your career.

I had a clinical professor in Law School who really focused on the practice of law and gave me a lot of guidance on what kind of lawyer I wanted to be in practice.

What do you like best about practicing law at H&J?

I love the variety of clients and cases that I am able work with.

What is the best career advice you have received?

If you work in the kind of law that interests you, you will be better at your job and feel passionate about the work.

What is an item on your bucket list?

Travel to Japan.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Bar Harbor and Bangor, Maine. I went on a short trip after I graduated law school and I had never thought about going there until I began reading Stephen King. Now, they’re the top of my list for where to go back to for a vacation.

What is your favorite Minnesota Lake?

Lake Mary, near Emily, MN.

What is your favorite Twin Cities restaurant?

Matt’s Bar or Wilde Cafe.

When you are not working, what would people find you doing?

Either reading or baking.

What is your favorite part of practicing law?

I love interacting with clients and knowing what their goals are to position myself to better advocate for those clients at every turn.

What is a recent good book you read?

Antitrust, by Senator Klobuchar. This book came out last year and I found it to be an entertaining book on a dense topic.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

One of my more unique hobbies is that I like to make cheese.

What is your strongest asset?

I am interested in many different things and that gives me a lot of diverse knowledge.

If you have an out-of-town visitor, what are the “must see/do” things in the Twin Cities?

Ride a bike around the lakes in Minneapolis!