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Jim is one of the co-chairs of the Firm's Motor Vehicle Group.  He also is a senior partner in the Firm's Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. 

Jim has litigated commercial cases for, and counseled motor vehicle and other franchisor clients, on a broad range of legal issues, including dealer establishment, relocation and termination, market encroachment, warranty reimbursement disputes and policies, national product allocation systems, facility and site control regulation, minority dealer representation programs, advertising regulation, antitrust regulation, franchise transfers, Dealer-Day-in-Court Act claims, gray market trading, dealer and distributor licensing, company-owned dealerships, copyright and trademark infringement, product marketing, and consumer fraud regulation. He has also litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including actions involving land use planning, tax increment financing, zoning, commercial class actions, trade secrets, restrictive employment covenants, whistleblower employee termination, antitrust claims, lender liability, environmental regulation, condemnations, truth-in-lending claims, and claims under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2010-2012, 2014-2016)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2005-2016)

Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Board of Directors, RISE International
  • Board of Directors, Willam Heart Foundation
  • Board of Directors, The Chicago Foundation

Articles & Publications

  • Product Distribution Law Guide
    CCH Publishing
  • Quarterly Review of Automotive Franchise Cases


Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977

Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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