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Drew James

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Drew James

After barely a year with Dorsey & Whitney, Drew James has established himself as a force in the arena of employment lawsuits.

He represented the plaintiffs in a Title IX claim against St. Cloud State University, leading an effort to reinforce equity at the school on behalf of his clients.

How and when did you know you wanted to study law and pursue it as a career?

I was heavily involved in the high school debate community, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a lawyer. I actually wanted to be an FBI agent, so I went to Marquette, which has a renowned criminology program. After a while, I learned they don’t just hire agents out of college. You have to have practical experience as a police officer or an advanced degree. So I took a constitutional law class and fell in love with the idea of a law practice.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

I’m driven by being able to help people. This work gives me the ability to move the cause of the client in the right direction.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you engage in every single battle, you’ll lose a lot. There’s no need to fight every fight.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m married to a coffee mogul. She owns a local coffee roasting company, City Girl Coffee, that has a mission of empowering women who own coffee farms. She’s turned me into a bit of coffee snob.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love restaurants and being able to try different foods. And I’m a giant sports fan. If it’s a Minnesota sport, I love it.

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