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James F. Killian


Co-Chair of Litigation Group
3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4140

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1988
Wisconsin, 1988
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 1988
  • W.D. Wisconsin, 1988
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994

Leadership & Community

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association


As the co-chair of Maslon's Litigation Group and partner in its Construction & Real Estate Litigation Group, Jim Killian represents owners, design professionals, and contractors in all phases of the construction process. In the last five years, his practice has focused on the development of independent power production facilities on an international basis. In that capacity, Jim has drafted and negotiated Engineering, Procurement, and Construction ("EPC") Agreements for over $4 billion of design and construction services. He has also served as lead trial attorney for all construction and performance disputes arising out of these projects, most recently defending a $60 million contractor claim venued in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Jim also has extensive experience representing national lender groups and sureties in priority disputes arising out of troubled projects

While Jim's current practice is focused on representing owners and construction lenders, he has represented and continues to represent national contractors in complex delay, acceleration, and mechanic's lien claims across the country. He also acts as national counsel for an international insurance brokerage agency on all unfair competition claims. In that role, Jim is currently admitted pro hac vice in litigations venued in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, California, Arizona, and Oregon. He is licensed in state and federal courts in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims. Jim lectures extensively on construction-related topics and currently serves as a Steering Committee member on the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry.


Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction, Minnesota, 2011-2019

Up and Coming Attorney in Minnesota for Construction, Chambers USA, 2009-2010

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® 

January 1, 2006
January 1, 2004
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