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Jim Figliulo is a trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience in business related
litigation. He has extensive experience in jury and bench trials in federal and state
courts, and arbitrations, representing clients in a wide variety of business and real estate
related disputes. Jim also has served as an arbitrator and a mediator in business related
disputes. Jim has extensive appellate experience, including oral arguments before the
Supreme Court of the United States and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jim was recently honored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the “Ten
Attorneys Who Raised the Bar” in Illinois by making extensive contributions during the
last decade. He was also featured as the cover story in the Leading Lawyers Magazine,
2009 Business Litigation Edition, and was recognized by the National Law Journal as
the lead trial counsel in two cases, each of which successfully resulted in jury verdicts for
his clients and were among the top 100 jury verdicts in the country during 2009.
Jim served as President of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association in 2005-06. He
also recently served as Co-Chair of the Seventh Circuit American Jury Project with Chief
Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois. Jim has also chaired the Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United
States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and presently serves as a
member of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. Jim has also been selected to
serve as a member of United States Senator Mark Kirk’s Judicial Advisory Committee.
Jim recently was presented with the 2010 American Inns of Court
Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. Jim is a founder, past president, and
Master of the Bench for the Chicago Inn of Court, which is part of the American Inns of
Court, an organization that promotes professionalism, excellence, ethics and civility
among trial lawyers and judges.
Jim is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Immediate
Past Chairman of its State Committee for Upstate Illinois. Jim is also among a handful of
Chicago area trial lawyers included in the Best Lawyers in America for more than ten
years and is recognized in three categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Business
Litigation; and Legal Malpractice. Jim has been named by the same publication as the
Best Lawyer in Chicago in the area of Legal Malpractice litigation. He is included among
the Leading Lawyers in Illinois in business litigation, and has been recognized as among
the top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois.
Jim co-edited a book on cross-examination entitled Your Witness: Lessons on
Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers which is a collection of
50 courtroom stories by 50 of Chicago’s best trial lawyers. The collection includes Jim’s
piece on a key turning point in a trial concerning a lawsuit relating to McDonald’s
franchise rights in France. Your Witness has drawn high praise from prominent members
of the legal profession and the community at large.
Jim received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in
1974. Jim attended St. Ignatius High School in Chicago and graduated from St. Mary’s
College in Minnesota.
Recent Significant Cases
In 2009, Jim tried and won two of the 100 top jury verdicts in the country. In one
of these cases, Jim was lead trial counsel for Flint Hills Resources, LLC in a complex
breach of contract case against BP Amoco Chemical Company and prevailed with a
verdict of more than $41 million, plus attorneys’ fees. Also in 2009, Jim represented 101-
year-old Anna Mae Ahern in an eminent domain lawsuit against the Village of Evergreen
Park, Illinois, in which the jury awarded Ms. Ahern $25 million as just compensation.
Jim and his firm have also successfully defended KPMG LLP in lawsuits alleging
securities fraud and accounting malpractice. See, e.g., Maxwell v KPMG, 520 F.3d 713
(7th Cir. 2008); In re Spiegel, Inc. Securities Litigation, 2005 WL 1838449 (N.D. Ill.