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James Wills was one of the founding partners of the former law firm of Kalina, Wills, Gisvold & Clark, P.L.L.P. For over forty years he has practiced extensively in the areas of transportation, taxation, corporate law, employee stock ownership plans and insurance law. Prior to founding KWGC, Jim worked in the management and as general counsel for two major trucking companies.

Jim believes that it is critical to understand the client’s business in order to better serve the client’s interests. He served for over 20 years on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Trucking Association and received the coveted Minnesota Trucking Association Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the past he has served on the Board of Directors for the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce, the Brainerd Baxter Lodging Association ; Truckload Carrier Association, and the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association.

Jim has authored many articles and has been a frequent speaker on various transportation and/or business related topics especially regarding the independent contractor for the American Trucking Association, the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, the Independent Contractor Division of the Truckload Carriers Association, and the Minnesota Builders Association.

Jim has also published in professional publications on transportation and taxation topics. His unique mix of skills are invaluable to his clients, many of whom have been with him for decades.

Jim practices out of our Pequot Lakes offices and can be reached at 218-568-5868 or jwills@bgs.com.

Current Employment Position:
Of-Counsel

Areas of Practice:
Transportation Law
Corporate Law
ESOPS
Taxation Law
Insurance Law

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1975
Wisconsin, 1984

Education:
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1975

B.A., Northern Michigan University, 1967

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Crow Wing County Bar Association
Cass County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, 1977
Wisconsin State Bar Association, 1987
U.S. Tax Court, 1977
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1975
Transportation Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards:

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™

Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from MTA at the 2014 annual conference in “recognition of his extraordinary legal work for the trucking industry, especially in the area of independent contractor law,” according to MTA President John Hausladen.