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200 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW, #400
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

James H. Wills Of-Counsel

James Wills was one of the founding partners of the former law firm of Kalina, Wills, Grisvold & Clark, P.L.L.P. For more than 40 years, he has practiced exclusively in the areas of transportation, taxation, corporate law, and insurance law. Prior to founding KWGC, Jim worked in the management of 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 their interests. He served for more than 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 of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber 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 Carrier Association, the Independent Contractor Division of the Truckload Carriers Association, and the Minnesota Builders Association. He has also published in professional publications on transportation and taxation topics. His unique mix of skills is invaluable to his clients, many of whom have been with him for decades. Jim practices out of our Pequot Lake offices.

Practice Areas

  • Transportation Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Minnesota, 1975
  • Wisconsin, 1984
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1975
  • B.A., Northern Michigan University, 1967
  • 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

  • Martindale-Hubbel 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 Hauslauden.


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