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James Gempeler

Direct: (952) 843-8766
Main: (651) 330-9678

Mr. Gempeler is one of the founders 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 is annually named a Rising Star, which is reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40. 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 becoming a private criminal defense attorney, Mr. Gempeler was a prosecutor for a local jurisdiction. This experience allows him 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 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, criminal neglect, obstructing legal process, 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 case in which 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.

Mr. Gempeler volunteers for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans where he offers legal advice on criminal and expungement matters to veterans. He is a mentor to first-year law students at William Mitchell and to students at his Alma Mater, Gustavus Adolphus College.

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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