James D. Lamm

Attorney-at-Law


Contact James Lamm

James Lamm

Lathrop GPM LLP

500 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: (612) 632-3404

Fax: (612) 632-4404

Blog: DigitalPassing.com


James Lamm’s Biography

James Lamm is a third-generation Minnesota estate planning and tax attorney. James Lamm is a partner in the Trusts, Estates & Legacy Planning practice group at the Minneapolis office of Lathrop GPM LLP. 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, USA Today, The Washington Post, Star Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes magazine, Intellectual Property Magazine, Barron’s, Bloomberg, InvestmentNews, Kiplinger’s, Morningstar, Pew Research Center, Twin Cities Business, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 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), he is the current chair of ACTEC’s Technology in the Practice Committee, he is the current co-chair of ACTEC’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force, and he was the founding chair of ACTEC’s Digital Property Committee. James Lamm also has been an adjunct associate professor 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, administer trusts, prepare tax returns, and resolve trust, estate, and tax disputes.


James Lamm’s Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Business Succession Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning

James Lamm’s Education
  • 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

James Lamm’s Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 1997
  • North Dakota, 1998
  • South Dakota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1999
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1999

James Lamm’s Honors and Distinctions
  • “The Best Lawyers in America©,” Woodward/White, Inc., 2010–2019
  • 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, 2013–2019
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

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