Felhaber Larson mourns the passing at age 69 of James W. (Jim) Rude, our former colleague and friend.
Jim was a graduate of Carlton College and the University of Minnesota Law School. Following Law School, he joined the Navy and became a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. (“JAG”).
Following active service, Jim joined the Navy Reserve and continued serving with the Naval JAG reserve, reaching the rank of Captain.
Jim practiced with the law firm of Frommelt & Eide until 1999 when they consolidated with Felhaber Larson. Jim remained with Felhaber through 2011, practicing primarily in commercial and class action litigation.
Jim was an avid golfer and also enjoyed scuba diving, cross-country skiing, travel and of course spending time with his family. He was a very outgoing man who greatly enjoyed socializing with other people. Jim could always be counted on to enthusiastically embrace the theme planned for the social event at the Firm’s annual autumn retreats.
We send our deepest condolences to Jim’s loving wife Lynn; daughter, Lisa Marie Rude, Ph.D.; son, Thomas James Rude (Molly Zimmer); sister, Janis (Roger) Fischbach; nephews, Chris (Katie), Jason (Melissa), & Michael (Alida), and mother-in-law, Jean Hayes.
A memorial service will be held at Prestwick Golf Club/T. Morris Pub and Grill, 9555 Wedgewood Dr., Woodbury, MN, 55125 on Sunday, April 28 at 11 a.m. Jim will be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Humane Society or Regions Hospital Foundation.