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William J. Hempel

William J. Hempel, American lawyer. Bar: Minnesota 1958; United States District Court Minnesota, United States Court Appeals (7th and 8th circuits), Supreme Court of the United States Court, United States District Court (eastern district) Wisconsin. Named Distinguished Citizen Macalester College 1978.


Hempel, William J. was born on December 8, 1933 in Cook, Minnesota, United States. Son of Wilhelm F. and Margaret Elise (Peterson) Hempel.


Bachelor, Macalester College, 1955;Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1958;Master of Laws, New York University, 1959;student, University Stockholm, 1959-1960.


Associate, Dorsey, Owen Law Firm, Minneapolis, 1960-1965;partner, Dorsey, Owen Law Firm, Minneapolis, 1966;chief deputy attorney general, State of Minnesota, St. Paul, 1967-1968;partner, Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, 1968-1987;director, Head, Hempel, Seifert & Vander Weide Professional Association, Minneapolis, since 1988.


Board directors Citizen's League, Minneapolis, 1969-1970. Trustee Macalester College, St. Paul, 1972-1975. Chairman Macalester Alumni Association, 1970-1971, board of trustees, Grace Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, 1973-1975.

Member American Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association Clubs: Minneapolis.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, boating.


Married Kay Leone Chappell, April 10, 1965. Children: Linnea Kay, Elise Margaret, Drew William.