James J. Ranheim
  • James J. Ranheim
  • Of Counsel
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Hudson, Wisconsin
  • 715-257-8063  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

  • jjranheim@arthurchapman.com
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James rejoined Arthur Chapman with more than twenty years of experience working with law firms in Minnesota and North Dakota. James is an experienced trial lawyer defending clients in construction defect and water intrusion, products and premises liability, personal and automobile injury, as well as advising clients regarding insurance coverage issues.

James primarily represents declarants, developers, general contractors, construction managers, product manufacturers, and various subcontractors in multi-party construction defect and water intrusion litigation. He has successfully represented clients in trials, arbitrations, and mediations for single-family, multi-family, manufactured and mobile homes, as well as complex commercial building cases.

James enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors and volunteering for many local charities.


  • “Changes in CGL Coverage for Construction Defects and Contractors,” Commercial Insurance Coverage Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., May 2013
  • “Construction Defect Disputes, Coverage, Risk Transfer, and Dispute Resolution,” Builders Association of the Twin Cities, 2012 
  • “Case Law Update,” Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2012
  • “Premises Liability: Trips, Tumbles & Topples,” Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012
  • “The Missing Link: Claims Against Bankrupt, Dissolved Corporations, and Successor Entities,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2011
  • “Multiple Party Litigation: Pointers, Possibilities, and Potholes – Construction Cases,” Hennepin County Bar Association, 2011

Honors and Awards
Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2011


J.D. Hamline University School of Law
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1998
North Dakota, 2002
U.S. District Court, Minnesota, 2002
U.S. District Court, North Dakota, 2002
U.S. District Court, Wisconsin, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association 
North Dakota State Bar Association
Wisconsin State Bar Association


North Dakota

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