James D. Lamm



James Lamm

Gray Plant Mooty

500 IDS Center

80 South Eighth Street

Minneapolis, MN  55402

Phone: (612) 632-3404

Fax: (612) 632-4404

Blog: DigitalPassing.com


James Lamm is a third-generation Minnesota estate planning and tax attorney and a principal in Gray Plant Mooty’s Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning group. James Lamm focuses his practice on estate planning, tax planning, family business succession planning, probate and trust administration, and charitable giving. James Lamm works with executives, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, high-net-worth families, and family offices to achieve family goals, pass on family values, and plan for family businesses.

James Lamm is nationally-known for his speaking and writing on advanced estate planning and tax topics, and he has been interviewed and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, The Hill, Intellectual Property Magazine, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, InvestmentNews, Morningstar, Twin Cities Business magazine, the Pew Research Center, The Associated Press, Reuters, the StarTribune, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, KSTP television, KMSP television, National Public Radio, and more. James Lamm is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and he’s an Adjunct Associate Professor (2012 to 2015) teaching an Estate Planning and Drafting seminar at the University of Minnesota Law School.

James Lamm plans and prepares foundational estate planning documents for families including wills, revocable trusts (living trusts), financial powers of attorney, health care directives (living wills), and beneficiary designations for life insurance and retirement plans. James Lamm also works with families and family business owners to plan and implement trusts for children or grandchildren, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), spousal lifetime access trusts (SLATs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), dynasty trusts, installment sales, split-dollar life insurance agreements, private foundations, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, prenuptial agreements, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and buy-sell agreements.

James Lamm also works with families, family offices, and other professionals to help them through the probate and estate settlement process, to administer trusts, prepare tax returns, and resolve trust, estate, and tax disputes.

James Lamm blends a strong background in math, technology, and computers with his estate planning practice. James Lamm is a national thought leader in the area of estate planning for passwords and digital property, including electronic data, online accounts, intellectual property rights, and Internet domain names. James Lamm authors the Digital Passing blog, and he was the founding Chair of ACTEC’s Digital Property Task Force. James Lamm also coauthored the proposal for and actively participated in the drafting of the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Prior to joining the Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning practice group of Gray Plant Mooty, James Lamm was an attorney in the Trusts & Estates Department of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, LLP, for ten years.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Family Business Succession Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning


  • St. John’s University, B.A., summa cum laude with All-College Honors and Distinction in the Field of Management
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1997
  • North Dakota, 1998
  • South Dakota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1999

Honors and Distinctions

  • “The Best Lawyers in America©,” Woodward/White, Inc., 2010–2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Top Rated Lawyers in Trusts & Estates,” American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • “Minnesota Rising Star®,” Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson Reuters, 2013–2016
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

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