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James John Knibbs

James John Knibbs

also known as Jim Knibbs

Practice areas:

Litigation, Criminal Defense, Lawsuits & Disputes, General Practice

About Me

        Contact 312-619-6284 mobile, and do not waste time as your rights diminish each day.  Jim Knibbs has practiced law for  30  years (civil, criminal, state and federal courts) and is a lifelong Chicagoan with deep roots in Chicago's legal, governmental and local business communities. Jim has represented clients in Cook County, collar counties and in several states. Jim has served in government and has been a partner at Clausen Miller PC; Ellison, Nielsen, Knibbs PC; and now at Meckler Bulger Tilson. Jim has tried civil and criminal cases and in state and federal courts on behalf of the Prosecution, defense (civil) and defense (criminal)


         As a top Cook County prosecutor under Richard A. Devine, Jim led the White Collar Crime Unit and worked with Chicago, Cook County, State and many federal law enforcement agencies. Jim led several high profle complex fraud and corruption cases and gained valuable experince that helps him effectively represent his clients. Contact: 312-619-6284 (cell). See alo LinkedIn.


        In 2008, Dick Devine asked Jim to join him as his partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, where they provide hands-on personally responsive and cost-effective counsel in civil and criminal litigation matters.  In his representation of individuals, companies and governmental entities, Jim offers clients personal, experienced, responsive, and cost effective representation. Contact: 312-619-6284.  


        In selecting who will work with you to get the best result for you, it is important to consider who has the type of experience and relationships in that area of law and that forum to get the job done for you. Meet with the lawyers you are considering, and ASK questions. You have to comfortable and open in your communications, and you MUST be comfortable that you can trust the lawyer to handle your case and obtain the best resolution possible.   


       With 28 years of criminal and civil litigation experience, Jim Knibbs will provide you with high quality cost effective representation.   Jim can be reached at 312-619-6284;;


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    30 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 30%
    30 years, 1.75 thousand cases
  4. General Practice: 10%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Anthony Richard Tuorto

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Anthony Tuorto Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Meckler Bulger Tilson

123 N Wacker Dr.
Suite 1800
Chicago, IL, 60606-1743


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198505/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Selected as a member (top 1%of all attorneys)Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Top LawyersChicago Law Journal2013
Leading Lawyer Criminal/White Collar DefenseLeading Lawyers Network2011
Top Lawyers- Criminal DefenseChicago Lawyer Magazine2010
Leading Lawyers- 2009-2010Law Bulletin Publishing Company2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMeckler Bulger Tilson2009 - Present
Head- Public Corruption and Financial Crime UnitCook County State's Attorney2005 - 2009
Head of Professional Standards (alleged police excessive force)Cook County Stat'es Atttorney2003 - 2004
Director of Hiring and Continuing Legal EducationCook County State's Attorney2002 - 2003
PartnerEllison Nielsen Knibbs Zehe & Antas1998 - 2002
PartnerClausen Miller1989 - 1998
ASACok County State's Attorney1985 - 1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Southwest Beverly Improvement AssociationBoard Member1989 - 1994
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. Edgar MullinsVerdict of guilty
Janusz v. Keystone, et alverdict in favor of plaintiff but less than 10% of demand
People v. "restaurant owner"pending in Cook County Circuit Court

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Publication NameTitleDate
Chicago Lawyer MagazineLawyers Gain Legal Experience2010
Managing White Collar Legal Issues, 2011 EditionCurrent Trends in Managing White Collar Issues2010
Chicago Lawyer MagaineAround the Water Cooler: Q & A with Jim Knibbs2009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago Kent College of LawN/AJuris Doctor with honors1985
Southern Illinois UniversityN/ABS - Business and Administration1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Firm TrainingDeposition Training for Associates2010
Cook County States Attorney C.L.E.Prosecuting Financial Crimes2009
Chicago Bar Association Trial AcademyTrial Advocacy2009
Chicago Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeProsecuting the Unauthorized Practice of Law2008
Cook County State's Attorney CLECivil Liability of Prosecutors2007