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Biography: James V.F. Dickey

James Dickey is a litigation attorney at Hellmuth & Johnson with experience in matters involving complex litigation, class action litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, employment disputes, First Amendment litigation, commercial collections, and bankruptcy litigation. Clients initially call James when they are facing litigation, and subsequently hire him for his proactive counseling to avoid future disputes. A former NCAA Division I and professional golfer, James brings to his law practice the same drive and mental toughness that helped him excel in athletics. “I love strategically attacking a problem to find the best possible solution. Each piece of paper that crosses my desk gives me a chance to help my clients prevent potential issues and find creative ways to address them when they arise.”

James has extensive experience handling litigation matters from both the plaintiff and defense side, and has crafted winning complaints, argued numerous motions in court, skillfully deposed adverse parties and third parties, written winning briefs, taken cases to trial, and mediated and negotiated numerous favorable settlements for his clients.

Examples of James’ successes include:

  • Successfully defended home sellers against a lawsuit alleging violations of Minnesota’s seller’s disclosure law and fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Second chair in a 5-day Wisconsin jury trial defending a multimillion-dollar promissory estoppel claim where the jury delivered a winning verdict for the client within an hour after beginning deliberations
  • Principal drafter and signer of the Appellants’ brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 281 Care Committee v. Arneson, where the Eighth Circuit struck down portions of Minnesota Statute § 211B.06 as unconstitutional under the First Amendment
  • Tried a case in Washington County related to defective topsoil in which the client obtained a very favorable settlement after the client’s case-in-chief concluded and the opposing party recognized they were going to lose

James’ clients value the positivity and practicality he brings to their legal matter. Litigation can give rise to many unknowns including the potential outcomes and the cost to achieve the best possible solution. James uses his experience and strategic approach to provide clients with a cost-benefit analysis that helps them achieve their business objectives. “I know that litigation is a means to an end for clients and it can be very uncomfortable, so I endeavor to educate my clients on the process, be there to support them when needed, and to exceed their expectations. I want my clients to feel secure and confident walking into a litigation matter knowing that I have their back.”

James is licensed to practice in both Minnesota and Iowa State and Federal courts, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

I work until the work is done, and solve my clients' problems in a thorough, practical, and cost-effective manner. I take their cases seriously and value their time, recognizing that their money and assets are hard-earned.
- James V.F. Dickey


James received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Duke University. While at Duke, James was a 3-time ACC Honor Roll student and a Division I scholarship golfer. After his graduation from Duke, James went on to play professional golf. In 2012, James received his law degree from the University of Minnesota and graduated magna cum laude.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Major: Political Science
Degree: B.A.

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN
Major: Law - Magna Cum Laude
Degree: J.D.

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