Office: 630-462-1980
James H. Knippen II
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James H. Knippen II (Of Counsel)

Wheaton, Illinois
Phone: 630-462-1980
Fax: 630-462-1984

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Jim Knippen is a principal in the firm who specializes in complex litigation, including personal injury, professional negligence, chancery, and business litigation. He also represents units of local government. His work in the personal injury area has included representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has co-counseled multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts and is a specialist in the creation and use of demonstrative exhibits.

Jim served as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting criminal cases from 1979-1983. Since leaving the State’s Attorney’s Office he has practiced with Ed Walsh.

Representative corporate clients include, or have included, the Village of Roselle, City of Wheaton, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Village of Woodridge, City of West Chicago, Amoco Oil Corporation, Bluff City Materials Corporation, Waste Management Corporation, E/M Corporation, Concord Homes, Pasquinelli Development Corporation, various fire and police chiefs in employment discipline matters, and numerous injured persons. He has done local counsel work at the request of many national and Chicago firms, including Jenner & Block and Katten Muchen Zavis. He also has extensive experience in injunctions, declaratory actions, and zoning litigation. His zoning litigation experience has included the representation of both municipalities and private developers. He has lectured at the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Jim and his wife, Tallya, have three grown children. He is a lifelong resident of the Wheaton area. Outside interests include American history, mountaineering, cross country skiing, and fly fishing.

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1979, J.D.
  • St. Norbert College, 1972, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Honors and Awards:

  • Avvo, Top Attorney
  • Leading Lawyers, Nation’s Top Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Preeminent Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)


  • Phi Epsilon Sigma


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