judge-lafave-profile-photo.jpg James E. Lafave
Administrative Law Judge

Contact Information
(651) 361-7900

Judge LaFave was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in 2012.  He also worked as a part-time judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings from 2005-2012. Judge LaFave has over 28 years of litigation experience before various courts and administrative agencies.

Judge LaFave may be contacted at james.lafave@state.mn.us.

Judge LaFave’s Legal Assistant, Rachel Youness, may be reached at (651) 361-7881, via email at rachel.youness@state.mn.us or via facsimile at (651) 539-0300.


  • Juris Doctorate, William Mitchell College of Law, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts, Creighton University, 1979


  • General Counsel, ALC Financial Corporation, 1986-2012
  • Private Practice of Law, James E. LaFave Law Office, 1985-1986
  • Private Practice of Law, Amundson & Campbell, 1983-1985

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONs and teaching activitieS 

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Corporate Counsel and Administrative Law Sections 
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • National Association of Hearing Officials
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University School of Law; Uniform Commercial Code Article 2 and Article 2A