James Gempeler

Minnesota Expungement Attorney

james_front Mr. Gempeler is one of the founders and a partner of North Star Criminal Defense. He focuses his practice on criminal defense and expungements because he believes that a mistake or a single event should not define that person. Mr. Gempeler is diligent in his preparation, skilled in negotiating with the state and arguing in court, and he will not hesitate to be aggressive in advocating for his client.

Just as important, Mr. Gempeler is a respected attorney by his peers and judges alike. He was named a 2015 Up & Coming Attorney - an honor bestowed on only a select few attorneys statewide - due to his professional accomplishments, leadership and service to his community and profession, and achievements. At the same time, Mr. Gempeler was named a Rising Star in 2015, which is reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40. And finally, Mr. Gempeler is a North Star Lawyer due to his many hours of volunteer service. It is his dedication to his clients - and a work ethic and drive to routinely get favorable results for them - that has led to these prestigious honors. You know you are getting one of the best and most respected Minnesota criminal defense attorneys when you hire Mr. Gempeler.

Before co-founding North Star Criminal Defense, Mr. Gempeler started his own criminal defense practice – Gempeler Law – where he quickly gained a reputation of getting favorable results for his clients. And prior to that, Mr. Gempeler was a prosecutor for a local jurisdiction. Mr. Gempeler uses his experience as a prosecutor to understand each matter from the State's perspective as he develops each clients personalized case strategy. The result is a thorough legal strategy that will best position the client for trial or put the client in the best position to negotiate a favorable resolution.

Mr. Gempeler has experience handling the gamut of criminal charges, including, but not limited to, felony charges, DUI, expungements, domestic assault, assault, drug charges, gross misdemeanor criminal neglect, theft, disorderly conduct, order for protection violations, invasion of privacy, probation violations, and traffic violations. Mr. Gempeler has appeared on behalf of his clients throughout the State of Minnesota.

Mr. Gempeler is a trained trial attorney. He has tried countless trials, including a jury trial on a gross misdemeanor charge. The jury deliberated for only 45-minutes – a remarkably short amount of time – before returning with a verdict in favor of Mr. Gempeler’s client. His success at trials is the result of his thorough preparation and advanced trial skills.

In addition to defending clients facing all levels of criminal charges, Mr. Gempeler devotes a significant amount of time and resources helping individuals get the second chance they need and deserve through an expungement. Mr. Gempeler regularly volunteers as an expungement attorney with various legal aid organizations throughout the metro area. And he developed and maintains www.mnexpungements.com as a one-stop site for detailed information relating to the new expungemnet law and how it helps Minnesotans.

Mr. Gempeler volunteers for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans where he offers legal advice on criminal and expungement matters to veterans. He is also a volunteer criminal defense and expungement attorney at the legal access walk-in clinic in Hennepin County. He is a volunteer coach for the William Mitchell and Maple Grove High School Trial Teams. And he is a mentor to first-year law students at William Mitchell and to a student at his Alma Mater, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Mr. Gempeler is an active and involved member of the Criminal Defense and Solo/Small-Firm sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Gempeler is licensed in both state and federal court.

Mr. Gempeler graduated with honors from the William Mitchell College of Law after finishing in the top-7% of his class. He was involved in numerous organizations and was a member of the Trial Team that finished in the top-4 of a national trial competition. In his free-time, Mr. Gempeler enjoys the fun and challenges associated with raising two girls. He is an avid golfer and sports fan.

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