Arthur Chapman James S. Pikala
  • James S. Pikala
  • Shareholder
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5912  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

  • jspikala@arthurchapman.com
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Jim’s knowledge of the Minnesota workers’ compensation industry has been gathered from his zealous representation of clients throughout his legal career, spanning more than thirty years.  Insured and self-insured clients alike rely on Jim’s vast experience with the Office of Administrative Hearings where he has represented hundreds of cases, the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he has orally argued numerous cases.  Clients know that Jim’s well-reasoned counsel and extensive knowledge produce effective resolutions whether through litigation or settlement.

Jim lectures extensively on the subject of workers’ compensation to both client and industry groups and has been a contributing author to the Workers’ Compensation Desk Book. Among his many roles, Jim acted as chairperson and as a presenter of Continuing Legal Education seminars for many years.  Law & Politics’ prestigious honor of Super Lawyer has been bestowed on Jim for the past several years.  In addition, Jim serves on Arthur Chapman’s three-member governing Board of Directors.


Education

Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1979 (Honors: cum laude) 
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1975


Jim’s knowledge of the Minnesota workers’ compensation industry has been gathered from his zealous representation of clients throughout his legal career, spanning more than thirty years.  Insured and self-insured clients alike rely on Jim’s vast experience with the Office of Administrative Hearings where he has represented hundreds of cases, the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he has orally argued numerous cases.  Clients know that Jim’s well-reasoned counsel and extensive knowledge produce effective resolutions whether through litigation or settlement.

Jim lectures extensively on the subject of workers’ compensation to both client and industry groups and has been a contributing author to the Workers’ Compensation Desk Book. Among his many roles, Jim acted as chairperson and as a presenter of Continuing Legal Education seminars for many years.  Law & Politics’ prestigious honor of Super Lawyer® has been bestowed on Jim for the past several years.  In addition, Jim serves on Arthur Chapman’s three-member governing Board of Directors.

Jim enjoys biking and running, though his running career has been limited by a knee replacement.  He has been a baseball fan all his life and loves rock and roll music.

Presentations

  • “Treatment Parameters Lightning Round,” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2016
  • "The Race Begins: Investigation, Arising Out Of, and Forms & Filing Deadlines," Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2015
  • “Ethical Issues for Adjusters,” CEU Institute for Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc., April 2015
  • “Analyzing and Defending PTSD and Chronic Pain Claims Utilizing the DSM 5,” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2014
  • “Minnesota Legislative Update,” “IME Demonstration and Discussion,” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2013
  • “Injuries While at Work, Work-Related or No?” Bench and Bar of Minnesota, April 2014
  • “Minnesota Defenses to Claims for Indemnity Benefits” Panel Discussion, Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2012
  • “Hot Button Topics for Employers,” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2011
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update: “Is Anything Happening this Year?” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2010
  • Legislative Update: “What Have They Done?” Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., June 2009
  • “Ethics in Everyday Practice,” Co-presenter, Minnesota Annual CLE Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 2008
  • “Conducting an Effective Doctor’s Deposition,” Co-presenter, Minnesota CLE Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute, March 2006

Honors
Selected as a Super Lawyer® by Minnesota Law & Politics
Selected as a Top 40 Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney and included in Law & Politics “Who’s Who in Workers’ Comp” listing


Education

Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1979 (Honors: cum laude) 
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1975


Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1980
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1979


Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association
Disability Management Employer Coalition
Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota Self-Insurers Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Risk and Insurance Management Society


License

Minnesota

Practice Areas


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