About Jim

A native of small-town South Haven, Minnesota, Jim Schultz is a fifth-generation Minnesotan who graduated from Annandale High School. Jim went to the University of St. Thomas for college, spending his first two years there in seminary. He then graduated from Harvard Law School, where he earned the Dean’s Scholar prize in constitutional law. Jim then moved back to the Midwest with his wife, Molly, to begin his legal career and start a family. They live in the west metro and are the proud parents of three beautiful little girls.

Jim’s commitment to public service and hard work was engrained in him from an early age. His father worked in the public sector, spending over 30 years serving Hennepin County and commuting over an hour each way for work. His mother was a nurse at St. Cloud Hospital and in the home health care setting. Jim got his first job in middle school where he was a corn detasseler in Stearns County fields for Wensman Seed, and Jim’s second job was as a dishwasher for Clearwater Travel Plaza in Clearwater. Jim worked at a small farm throughout high school and much of college. Like his dad, uncle, and two brothers, Jim is a proud Eagle Scout.

Jim’s commitment to public safety and appreciation for law enforcement began in his small town where everyone knew the police chief and saw firsthand the critical work the city’s first responders did for the community. In law school, Jim participated in an honors program within the legal department of the Department of Defense at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, working on issues related to the conduct of the armed forces. After graduating from law school, Jim  moved back to the Midwest to begin his career as an attorney in the private sector. He has worked for two prominent law firms, including Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, and as in-house counsel for a Minnesota company. He specializes in business, regulatory, and compliance law.

Jim currently serves on the board of The Front Line Foundation, a nonprofit supporting police and other first responders. His work with The Front Line Foundation includes programs to provide financial assistance to the families of police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Jim has previously served on the Hennepin County Capital Budget task force as the appointee of Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Jim and his family are members of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park.

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