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James S. Harkness

James S. Harkness

also known as Jim Harkness

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Commercial

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About Me


Summary Statement


Jim is a resident of Lisle and
a commercial litigation attorney with Momkus McCluskey.  He handles
business matters of all sorts and is headquartered in Lisle, with an
additional Chicago office.  Jim is a partner and one of 23 attorneys
affiliated with the firm.  Part of a group founded by former Chicago and
in-house attorneys twenty years ago, Jim is equipped to handle
state and federal court matters from pre-litigation through trial and appeal in
a cost-effective and efficient manner.  Jim is a member of the
Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, has tried cases in
State and Federal Court and handled appeals before both the State and Federal
Appellate Courts.  In addition to litigation, Jim participates in
virtually all aspects of Business, Corporate and Employment Law
from contracts, real estate litigation, business succession and
dissolution, Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks and patents), and
landfill litigation.  Jim has also been appointed a Special Assistant
State's Attorney by the County of Kendall of Illinois.  A number of
aspects about Momkus McCluskey make the firm unique.  For example, the 23
attorney staff is large enough to comfortably handle all of the firm's clients'
needs under one roof, obviating the need to "attorney-shop" when
presented with diverse kinds of legal issues.  At the same time, the firm
is not so big that a client would fall through the cracks or lack individual
attention.  The firm is also unique in that the attorneys believe in
forging close relationships with their clients, working together with clients
in a "team approach" and serving not only as lawyers, but as
counselors and valuable resources as well.  Also, the size of the firm and
the wealth of knowledge and experience of its attorneys, coupled with its Lisle
location, allow Momkus McCluskey to offer the "big city" quality of
large Chicago firms, but at suburban rates.  The attorneys strive to keep
legal fees down by working closely with clients, creating and sticking to
budgets, and self-auditing every bill before it goes out.


 


Selected to Super Lawyers


Consecutive peer review and selected Illinois Rising Stars 2010 & 2011


Bio/Professional URL: www.momlaw.com/Bio/JamesHarkness.asp


 


About James S. Harkness


Special
Licenses/Certifications:



Advanced Arbitrator Training, 18th Judicial Circuit, 2006.


 


Bar/Professional
Activity:



Admitted United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois; Northern
District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh
Circuit; United States District Court, District of Colorado; United States
District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; Supreme Court of Illinois


 


DuPage County Bar Association
Past and Current Chairman Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2007-08;
Chairman of Civil Law & Practice Committee, 2008-09; Chairman of
Professional Responsibility Committee, Current.


 


2011 Nominated Commercial
Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Law Section Counsel, Illinois State Bar
Association.


 


Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce
General Counsel and Executive Board Member.


 


Other
Outstanding Achievements:



Appointed Special Assistant State's Attorney for the County of Kendall,
Illinois; Appointed General Counsel for the Lisle Area Chamber of
Commerce.  Published opinions include: Nielson v. Dickerson, 307 F.3d 623
(7th Cir., Oct. 9, 2002); Nielson v. Dickerson Nos. 00-2780, 00-2781, 2002 WL
31255777 (7th Cir. Oct. 9, 2002); In re Jackson, 1999 WL 703093 (Bankr.
N.D.Ill., 1999); Pikes v. Riddle, 38 F.Supp.2d 639 (N.D.Ill. 1998); Miller v.
Wexler & Wexler, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1382 (N.D.Ill. Feb. 5, 98); Cemail
v. Viking Dodge, Inc.; 982 F.Supp. 1296 (N.D.Ill. Oct 28. 97); Cemail v. Viking
Dodge, Inc., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17071 (N.D.Ill. Oct. 28, 97); Hobson v.
Lincoln Insurance Agency, Inc., 2000 WL 1279334 (N.D.Ill. 2000).  Jim also
argued before the Illinois Appellate Court for Second District regarding a
novel issue involving a case of first impression under the Illinois Home Repair
and Remodeling Act, decision pending, and ultimately went to the Illinois
Supreme Court.


 


Educational
Background:



Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy
from Valparaiso University in 1993 and also studied in Cambridge, England. He
received his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in
1996. While attending Valparaiso University School of Law, Jim was a legal
intern for both the Chief General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and also the Plymouth, Indiana, City Attorney, where he assisted in the
representation of federal, state and local government agencies. Mr. Harkness
was also appointed to the Valparaiso University School of Law Legal Services
Clinic where he provided pro bono representation to victims of
domestic violence.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Commercial: 50%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Lawrence Allen Stein

    Jim is a thorough, detail-oriented, meticulous, and tenacious advocate. I hope never to have to oppose him.

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    Lawrence Stein Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven B. Ekker

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Steven Ekker Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Momkus McCluskey, LLC

1001 Warrenville Road, Ste 500
Lisle, IL, 60532

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Peer Review Nominated Rising StarsIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Peer Review Nominated Rising StarsIllinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
General Counsel & Board MemberLisle Area Chamber of Commerce2009 - Present
Appointed Special Assistant State's AttorneyKendall County, Illinois2008 - Present
PartnerMomkus McCluskey, LLC2000 - 2011

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois State Bar Association Nominated Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Law Section CouncilSection Council2011 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association Chairman of Professional Responsibility CommitteeChairman2010 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility CommitteeVice-Chair2009 - 2010
Lisle Area Chamber of CommerceGeneral Counsel & Executive Board Member2009 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association Chairman of Civil Law & Practice CommitteeChairman2008 - 2009
United States District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinN/A2008 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association Chairman Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeChairman2007 - 2008
DuPage County Bar Association, Civil Law and Practice CommitteeVice-Chair2007 - 2008
DuPage County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeVice-Chair2006 - 2007
United States District Court, District of ColoradoN/A2000 - Present
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh CircuitN/A1999 - Present
United States District Court, Northern District of IllinoisN/A1997 - Present
Supreme Court of IllinoisN/A1996 - Present
Northern District of Illinois Federal Trial BarN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Nielson v. Dickerson, 307 F.3d 623 (7th Cir., Oct. 9, 2002)Summary judgment obtained in favor of clients.
Nielson v. Dickerson Nos. 00-2780, 00-2781, 2002 WL 31255777 (7th Cir. Oct. 9, 2002)Summary judgment upheld on appeal in favor of clients
In re Jackson, 1999 WL 703093 (Bankr. N.D.Ill., 1999)Judgment for client.

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DuPage County Bar AssociationN/A18th Judicial Circuit Advanced Arbitrator Training2006
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Valparaiso UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Valparaiso UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993