Jim has extensive experience and an impressive record of success as a business trial lawyer. His practice encompasses a wide range of business and commercial litigation disputes, including those related to restrictive covenants, product defects, breach of contracts, business torts, fraud, defamation, libel, slander, trademark/copyright infringement, unfair competition, franchise disputes, partnerships, corporate and limited liability company disputes, errors and omissions claims against a variety of professionals including insurance agents and brokers, securities brokers, lawyers and accountants, civil rights and employment defense, corporate investigations, including regulatory and criminal matters, and real estate related litigation.
Jim regularly represents clients ranging from sole proprietors and practitioners to large corporate entities and institutions, both in pursuing claims and in defending and trying lawsuits in various commercial litigation matters. He has experience representing technology based companies, hospitals, medical professionals, insurance producers, law and accounting firms and individual lawyers and accountants, against claims and potential claims and with respect to subpoenas for depositions and records, administrative proceedings, criminal matters, and risk management issues. Jim’s successful representations have involved winning cases through dispositive motions and at trial when necessary. He has litigated in both federal and state courts and at both the trial and appellate court levels. Jim also has significant experience prosecuting and defending temporary restraining orders/injunctions.
Admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including the Trial Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Jim has been involved in federal and state court litigation around the country.
Jim’s numerous successful representations have earned him recognition, for three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011), as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor conferred upon less than 2.5 percent of the top up and coming Illinois lawyers who are under 40 years old.
Jim has served, by gubernatorial appointment and Illinois State Senate confirmation, as chairman of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Advisory Board. He has served in that capacity for three different administrations. He also serves, by Mayoral appointment and City Council confirmation, as a Commissioner of the City of Park Ridge’s Planning and Zoning Commission and as chairman of its O’Hare Airport Commission. He has been elected to several terms as a Chicago Public School System Local School Council representative, and has volunteered in the Chicago Public School System, District 64 School System, the Chicago Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), and the Park Ridge Police Parent Patrol.
Jim received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the Honors Department, in economics from Loyola University of Chicago in 1992 and served as a student representative on the Loyola University board of trustees. He received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago Law School in 1995 where he served as law review executive editor and as an assistant Legal Writing/Moot Court instructor.