For more than 20 years, Jim has been a commercial litigator focusing on complex and high-stakes litigation. Among other clients, he represents insurance companies in disputes with other insurers and policyholders.
During his career, Jim has developed broad experience in commercial litigation including areas such as class actions, trade secret and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and distribution disputes, and injunctions. He has a national reputation for his counsel with respect to opt-out plaintiffs in significant antitrust cases. Jim has been repeatedly cited as a leader in antitrust litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers and he was named as a leader in antitrust law in The Best Lawyers in America. And, as part of the Law Bulletin Publishing Group’s 2014-2018 surveys of the top lawyers in the state, Jim was designated a "Leading Lawyer" in Illinois in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. Benchmark Plaintiff named him a Local Litigation Star (2013-2015) – Illinois in the areas of Antitrust, General Commercial
He is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches Class Actions.
Jim is a trial attorney admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Michigan, and several other federal
Jim is the firm’s Pro Bono Director and has leadership roles in numerous pro bono and charitable organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Pro Bono Initiative, the Chicago Bar Foundation and The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. In 2009, he was awarded the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. In 2011, Jim was awarded the Barristers Philanthropic Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth.
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Geraci v. Chern (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois):
Effner v. Hoopis (Circuit Court of DuPage County, Illinois): defeat restrictive covenant case brough
Safeco v. Lloyd’s (King County, WA): represent insurer as policyholder in E&O dispute in
Anheuser-Busch v. CIGNA (E.D. Mo.): represent global health service company in a dispute involving allegations of overpayment of health care benefits to plan participants, including breach of contract and breach of ERISA fiduciary duty claims.
Indiana Insurance v. CE Design (Ill., MA and WI): represent primary carrier in coverage dispute related to certified class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
CPC v. High Ridge Brands (Ill.): successfully represented consumer products company in commercial replevin action against toll manufacturer.
AIG v. ACE, et al. (N.D. Ill.): served as lead counsel in case involving allegations of decades-long fraud on
Dardick v. FDIC (N.D. Ill.): successfully represented FDIC contractor in connection with
P.H. Int’l v. Christia Confezioni (N.D. Ill.): successfully defended luxury goods manufacturer in dealer termination litigation involving claims of breach of contract, tortious interference and conspiracy.
Motorola Mobility, Inc. v. AU Optronics, et al. (N.D. Ill.): successfully defended manufacturer in
In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.): represent and successfully settle class action against client in auto filters industry.
In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation (E.D. PA): represented corrugated purchaser in opt-out case challenging coordinated restrictions on