James L. Forman
Jamie Forman is an owner of Oberman Thompson, LLC in Minneapolis, MN.
Jamie has practiced law for more than 25 years. He is peer recognized, trusted and respected.
Jamie brings his specific brand of combined judgment, creativity, strategy, knowledge and skill to the matters he handles for his clients, including matters that are of a time pressing nature or concern the following:
- Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
- Trade secret, confidential and private information
- Persons and business assets moving between competitors
- Contracts, including independent contractor
- Ownership agreements, including buy-sell and member control
- Risk recognition, prevention and management
He regularly represents clients in business and emergency litigation, including as local counsel for non-Minnesota lawyers who are litigating civil cases in Minnesota or for those non-parties who have been subpoenaed to produce documents or give testimony.
Jamie represents various entities. They are often smaller to medium sized entities that provide a wide range of services, consultation or product distribution. Jamie also represents entity owners, entrepreneurs, executives and managers, creative persons and professionals.
Jamie is licensed to practice in the Minnesota state and federal courts. He is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, Federal and American bar associations and the Defense Research Institute.
Jamie is a 1985 graduate – cum laude – from William Mitchell College of Law; a 1981 graduate from Lewis & Clark College (BA Political Science); and a 1977 graduate from St. Paul Academy and Summit School.
Jamie and his wife Karen live in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have two children (Benjamin, a senior at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Amelia, a junior at Great River School in St. Paul, Minnesota).
Jamie enjoys golfing, barbequing, gardening, reading and listening to books (historical, geographical and thoughtful), devoting time to higher education and learning about exploration and leadership.
EXAMPLES OF SPEAKING AND WRITING
- Co-Continuing Legal Education Presenter—“Remedies: Views from a Lawyer and a Financial Expert”—(William Mitchell College of Law—October 28, 2011).
- Co-Continuing Legal Education Presenter — “TROs and Injunctions: A Practical Guide to Bringing and Defending Them in MN State and Federal Court”—(Ramsey County Bar Association—May 11, 2011).
- Discussion Host—“Time and Crisis Management”—(William Mitchell College of Law—“Solo/Small Firm Lunch”—November 11, 2010).
- Co-Continuing Legal Education Presenter — “Taking Charge of the Business Crisis”— (MCLE Webcasts in October 2007, May 2008 and October 2009).
- Chapter Author—“Equitable Relief: Protecting a Business’s Intellectual Property”—(“Aspatore Thought Leadership: Intellectual Property”—Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year”—(Aspatore Books-a Thomson Reuters business—2010)).
- Chapter Author– “Trade Secrets and Confidential Information: Protection and Management in 2008”– (“Aspatore Thought Leadership: Intellectual Property Law 2008: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year”— (Aspatore Books-a Thomson Reuters business–2008)).
- Chapter Author– “Urgent Non-Compete Agreement Matters”— (“Inside the Minds: The Best Practices of Leading IP Lawyers” — (Aspatore Books-a Thomson Reuters business–2007)).
- Presenter— “Bow Ties and Confidential Information”— (Twin Cities Entrepreneurs–August 2007).
EXAMPLES OF BOARD AND ORGANIZATION WORK
- Former Trustee of William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN (1994-2003).
- Current Trustee of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.
- Current Board Member of Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
- Current Member of the Governing Member’s of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, MN.
- Current Member of the Ethical Leaders in Action’s East Metro Ethical Leadership Working Group, St. Paul, MN.
EXAMPLES OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION PROJECTS
- Co-Chapter Author — “Financial Institution Litigation” — (American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s “Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation” — (2006 to 2012)).
- Editorial Board Member — “Business Law Today” — (American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s magazine — (1998-2004)).
- Executive Summary Author—“Lawyers Working to End Homelessness” — (American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness and Poverty- (2006)).
- Contributor — “America’s Children Still At-Risk” — (American Bar Association’s Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children — (August 2001)).
EXAMPLES OF TEACHING AND WORKING WITH STUDENTS
- Adjunct Professor—MBA 535—Legal Environments for Managers (Blended Learning)—Concordia University—Saint Paul—College of Business and Organizational Leadership (October 30, 2012—December 18, 2012)
- Mentor—University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program (2012-2013)
- Former co-adjunct clinical professor in the William Mitchell Law Clinic (“Business Law Clinic”) (St. Paul, MN)–(Fall 2006 –Spring 2010).
- Mock oral argument practice judge for Hamline University, School of Law, law student teams participating in the “Giles Rich Sutherland Intellectual Property Law Competition”–(Multiple years, including 2010 and 2011).
- Speaker on the topic of networking to members of the University of St. Thomas, School of Law’s Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Chapter—(November 2009).
RECOGNITION AND COMMENDATION
- Named a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
- Named a Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division.
- Multiple year recipient of AV® Preeminent ™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
- Named a “Super Lawyer” — Minnesota Law & Politics (2001, 2003-2006, and 2011-2012).
- Co-Accepter on behalf of the Minnesota Chapter of the Lewis & Clark College Alumni Association of the Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award (2010).
- Awarded the Donald G. Balmer Citation — Lewis & Clark College (2005).
- Recipient of an Alley Garden Award and a Certificate of Appreciation—Macalester-Groveland Community Council (2012).
- Awarded, along with the other members of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Katrina Relief Fund Task Force, the David Graven Public Service Award (2006).
- Selected a panelist in an article with four other Twin Cities lawyers on the topic entitled: “In the Boardroom: A roundtable discussion on some of the top issues and trends facing the legal profession today”— (William Mitchell College of Law Magazine — Fall 2008 — article by Phil Bolsta).
- Highlighted in the article entitled: “Forman Advocates for Children” — (Lewis & Clark College Chronicle, Vol.11, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 2002)).
- Highlighted in the article entitled: “Champions of the Children” — (The Magazine of St. Paul Academy and Summit School (Summer 2001)).
- Named one of the “100 Who Made a Difference”— William Mitchell College of Law (2001).
- Highlighted in the article entitled: “Attorneys with a Heart” — (Minnesota Lawyer (February 20, 1998)).