James G. Argionis

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Recent Publication:

6 Tips for Successful Depositions [LexisNexis]

James Argionis contributed a practice note to LexisNexis discussing the best practices for taking successful depositions.

Jim has extensive experience and an impressive record of success as a business trial lawyer. He has handled high-profile litigation, provided legal counseling, conducted investigations, and overseen matters related to contractual, regulatory, employment, and internal compliance issues. Jim has worked on a wide range of complex multi-party business and commercial litigation trials, arbitrations, appeals, and investigations. His experience includes both litigating a broad range of disputes and counseling on mitigating potential areas of risk including those related to contracts, business torts, shareholder disputes, directors' and officers' liability, employment matters, fraud, defamation, privacy, compliance, cybersecurity, intellectual property, partnerships, joint ventures, and real estate related disputes, including leases and purchase agreements. Jim also handles corporate investigations and provides his clients with general business counseling on a variety of topics. He has considerable experience prosecuting and defending temporary restraining orders/injunctions and other equitable relief matters.

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 or arbitrating lawsuits in various complex commercial litigation matters. He has experience representing technology based companies, manufacturers, retailers, 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 or through arbitration when necessary. He also has experience defending multiple Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class action clients in various business segments including the manufacturing, software, health care, temporary staffing, technology, and service industries. He also represents BIPA defendants in “mass arbitration” actions where he leads complex litigation/arbitration strategies. In addition to BIPA class actions, Jim has handled class actions asserting false claims act and consumer protection claims.

Jim is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including the Trial Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and has been involved in federal and state court litigation around the country. Jim authors a regular column for Law360 and LexisNexis, where he shares insights on current Commercial Litigation issues.

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 Illinois lawyers.

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 four different administrations. Jim is a member of Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves at a local high school as an assistant mock trial coach and has served, by mayoral appointment and City Council confirmation through two different administrations, as chair of the city of Park Ridge’s Planning and Zoning Commission and as chair 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), the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, 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. Jim is fluent in Greek.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Jim Argionis appointed to Dean’s Advisory Council at Loyola University Chicago

July 25, 2023

Jim Argionis, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice, has been appointed to serve a 3-year term on the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) at Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Jim Argionis Reappointed Chairman of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Advisory Board

April 12, 2023

Cozen O’Connor attorney Jim Argionis, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago, has been reappointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker as Chairman of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Advisory Board.

Cozen O'Connor attorneys work pro bono to help mother and son earn asylum in United States

February 09, 2023

Matthew DiCianni and Amy Doig spoke with Chicago Lawyer Magazine about working with their client's request for asylum.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Jim Argionis Honored by Maine Township For Exceptional Community Service

April 13, 2022

Cozen O’Connor attorney Jim Argionis, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Sgt. Karen Lader Memorial Good Citizen Award.

Community crusader

June 05, 2020

The Loyola School of Law ran an alumni profile of Jim Argionis recognizing his dedication to his practice and community and highlighting some of the community accolades his efforts have garnered.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Jim Argionis Appointed Chairman of Park Ridge’s Planning and Zoning Commission

November 06, 2019

Jim Argionis, a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in Chicago, has been appointed Chairman of the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission.

Jim Argionis: Acting Locally

April 05, 2019

Jim Argionis, a member in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, was the subject of a feature story in Chicago Lawyer magazine.

Publications

6 Tips for Successful Depositions [LexisNexis]

February 09, 2024

James Argionis contributed a practice note to LexisNexis discussing the best practices for taking successful depositions.

6 Tips for Successful Injunctive Relief Requests [LexisNexis]

August 11, 2023

James Argionis contributed a practice note to LexisNexis discussing the six best practices for maximizing success while navigating injunctive relief requests.

Frequently Asked Questions: Financial Assistance for Small, Mid-sized and Distressed Sector Businesses

April 22, 2020

James Argionis and Steven Dickinson wrote a white paper in conjunction with Gallagher on guidance in regard to the CARES Act and what this means for different types of businesses.

Illinois Announces More than $90 Million Emergency Assistance for Small Businesses

March 26, 2020

James Argionis discusses various grants and loans available to small businesses in Illinois and Chicago.

Illinois Shuts Down Most Gatherings, Expands Unemployment Benefits [Alert]

March 17, 2020

Jim Argionis discusses recent executive orders impacting Illinois's citizens and businesses.

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., summa cum laude, 1992

Awards & Honors

Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star

"Community Star" Award from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce 

Sgt. Karen Lader Memorial Good Citizen Award, 2022 Recipient 

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado
  • Hellenic Bar Association
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

  • LexisNexis, Law360 - Columnist