James R. Waldhauser

Legal Assistant: Marie Thomsen

Paralegal: Alex Santori


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978
American University, Law School
St. Cloud State University, magna cum laude, 1974

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1978



Jim has more than 35 years of experience litigating workers’ compensation claims. He serves a wide array of clients in various industries including: manufacturing, health care facilities, educational services, professional sports teams and retail businesses.


Jim serves on several committees including the Workers’ Compensation Committee of Defense Research Institute and the NFL Safety Committee. He is also an active member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.


Jim served as President of the Firm from 2012 to 2016.

Professional Activities

Co-Chairman, American Bar Association, Sports Law Committee, 1993; Member, 1992-present

Workers’ Compensation Committee, Defense Research Institute, 1996-present

Minnesota State Liaison, Defense Research Institute, 2007-present

Board of Directors, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1985-1987

Adjunct Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 1979-1981

Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, 1978-1980

Commissioner—Eagan Airport Advisory Commission

Secretary, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Workers’ Compensation, 1977


Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 1990-present

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1995-present

Listed in Minnesota Law & Politics, “Top 40 Workers’ Compensation Attorneys,” 2007-present

Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers issue, 1995-present

Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers, Business Edition, Workers’ Compensation, 2009 – 2010

Listed in Leading American Attorneys, 1998-present

Listed in Minnesota Law & Politics “Who’s Who in Workers’ Compensation,” 2006 – present

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Twin Cities Claims Association

Sports Lawyers Association

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute