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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 States Attorney prosecuting criminal cases from 1979-1983. Since leaving the States Attorney's Office he has practiced with Ed Walsh.


Representative corporate clients include, or have included, the Village of Roselle, City of Wheaton, 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 and Block, and Katten, Muchen, and 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 3 grown children. He is a lifelong resident of the Wheaton area. Outside interests include: American History, mountaineering, cross country skiing, and fly fishing.


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


St. Norbert College, 1972
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Honors and Awards:

Phi Epsilon Sigma

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)


Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)


DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)


American Association for Justice (AAJ)


Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
  2. Chancery: 20%
  3. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%

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  • Lawrence Allen Stein

    Jim is a consummate professional, who's able to rip his opponent's lungs out while strictly complying with the ethical rules that apply to all of us.


    Lawrence Stein Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chartered

2150 Manchester Road
Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60187


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197911/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWalsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chartered1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
DuPage County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
St Norbert CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972