Mankato criminal defense attorney James Kuettner attended William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell | Hamline) focusing on courses that teach practical skills of an attorney, including trial skills, negotiation, and mediation. While in law school, he tried three mock jury trials, numerous mock bench trials, and a juvenile certification trial.
Jim received the Kirwin Award for Legal Professionalism in his first year. This award is given once a year to the student who most exemplifies what it means to be an attorney. Upon graduation, Jim received the prestigious Student of Merit award. This award is given once per graduating class to a student deserving of such recognition.
Prior to starting his own law firm, Kuettner Legal, in Mankato, MN, Jim worked as a law clerk, for Judge Moore, in Nobles County. He is highly skilled in the practice of legal research and writing. Attorney James Kuettner has extensive experience and understanding of the complexities of the law and will apply that knowledge to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. He will explain all available options, allowing his clients to take responsibility for the direction of their case.
Attorney James Kuettner has successfully defended against unlawful search and seizure, and has prevented the state from using unlawfully obtained evidence. He is comfortable and confident in the courtroom, and able to effectively argue on your behalf.
Jim also served on numerous boards and councils, including the Minnesota State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution board, the student chapter of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and a Public Interest Law Fellowship co-chair.
Prior to law school, Jim was a wine buyer and restaurant manager. There, he learned a sense of justice which fueled his passion for the law. He is a natural public speaker and enjoys the company of people. In his spare time, Jim still enjoys good books, good food and wine, and the outdoors.