James S. McAlpine

James S. McAlpine

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  • BIRTHPLACE: Sparta, WI
  • FAMILY: Wife, one son, one cat
  • WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT LAW: The unique challenges inherent to every case
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Run (slowly), fish (poorly), music (all kinds), spend time with family
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: The greatest joy you will get as a lawyer is when your client expresses their appreciation for a job well done
  • FUN FACT: I caught my first 50 inch Musky on August 8, 2008 on a Chippewa Flowage on a black skirted lime green blade bucktail.


Jim came to Quinlivan and Hughes directly from law school in 2002. Prior to that time he worked as a technical writer for an aviation software company. Since 2002 his practice has focused on defending personal injury, wrongful death and general insurance defense claims. In the professional liability area his clients frequently include physicians, nurses, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He defends these providers from any manner of claims, including malpractice, general negligence, board and licensing investigations and privacy violations. Jim is a member of the firm's malpractice group and active in the defense bar, serving as the co-chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyer's Association Long Term Care Committee and a member of the health care law committee.

The other side of Jim's practice is defending all manner of negligence claims. Whether it is wrongful death, premises liability, auto, or construction, he has consistently worked to deliver excellent legal representation to his clients over the last 14 years. Jim is a member of the firm's insurance defense practice group and frequently presents to his clients on developing areas of Minnesota law.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2002
  • The University of Minnesota, Mankato
    • B.S. - 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2006
  • Wisconsin, 2009


  • Rising Star Attorney by Minnesota Law and Politics

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyer Association (Long Term Care & Medical Malpractice Committees), Member
  • Defense Research Institute (Long Term Care Committee), Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association, Member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member

Classes & Seminars

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers New Members Program - Presenter