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James G. Sotos - Chicago, IL

141 W. Jackson Blvd. #1240A Chicago, IL 60604

Updated: 04/20/2022

Chicago Municipal Defense Lawyer


The firm is led by James Sotos, who possesses over twenty-five years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim has distinguished himself as one of a handful of attorneys who has argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has achieved an enviable rate of success in the arena of Illinois governmental litigation...

About James G. Sotos

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Government Representation
  • Employment Discrimination Defense
  • Employee Internal Investigation


  • 90%

Representative Clients

  • City of Chicago
  • City of Naperville
  • City of Paris
  • DuPage County
  • McHenry County
  • Grundy County
  • Lake County


Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois Trial Bar

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1986 - Present (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1986 - Present (Member)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1986 - Present (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1986 - Present
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), 1989 - Present (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation
  • Illinois Municipal League
  • Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • United States Department of Justice


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1985
    Law Review: John Marshall Law Review
  • Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 1981
    Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha


Published Works

  • "In Federal Courts", Weekly column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 1991 to present

Office Information


141 W. Jackson Blvd. #1240A Chicago, IL 60604


  • 630-773-0980



  • Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell's preeminent AV peer review rating
  • "Illinois Super Lawyer" by "Law and Politics" and the publishers of Chicago Magazine
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin PUblishing Company

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