Jim Hartnett partners with clients to litigate matters related to construction, commercial and real estate disputes. For the past 25 years, he has handled a wide range of disputes, including international arbitration in Paris, stadium and arena projects in Minnesota, Colorado, and Tennessee, hospital projects in California and Alaska, retail projects in Minnesota, New York and Arkansas, and high-tech, clean-room manufacturing facilities in Idaho and Minnesota. Jim has also been involved in numerous energy-related construction disputes involving coal, gas and municipal waste power plants, as well as wind farms and other renewable energy projects. Jim's trial experience includes state and federal jury trials in Minnesota, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, as well as numerous arbitrations and mediations.


Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


New York University School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (executive editor) (1993)

Williams College
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1988)


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Construction, 2011-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-17
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