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James Stevens represents condominium and homeowners associations in litigation, collection and transactional matters. He also represents business and individual clients in commercial litigation disputes, real estate litigation matters and real estate transactions.

His experience includes representing condominium associations and common interest community associations in a variety of areas, including rule enforcement, interpretation of governing documents and collection of assessments. Additionally, he provides advice to clients on their rights and responsibilities under the Illinois Condominium Property Act, the Forcible Entry and Detainer statute, the Illinois Business Corporations Act and Not for Profit Corporation Act, and the Common Interest Community Association Act. He has assisted condominium associations, from small to large, in developer turnover matters, construction defect lawsuits, defense of boards of directors in unit owner lawsuits, and day-to-day operational concerns.


James joined Tressler LLP as Senior Counsel in March 2013. Previously he was an associate with Nielsen, Zehe & Antas, P.C. where he practiced in condominium and homeowners association law, commercial litigation, and insurance subrogation and recovery. Before, he was an associate in the commercial litigation practice group of Connelly Law Group, now Rock Fusco & Connelly LLC, also representing community association, individual and business clients.


He has been admitted pro hac vice in various jurisdictions and is currently admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, and District of Colorado.


While in law school at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, James was a member of the school’s moot court team, received the CWRU Leadership Award, and participated in the Milton Kramer Law Clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, which has honored him with a Howell Murray Alumni Association Award and Young Alumni Service Citation. While at the University of Chicago he was a member of the Maroon Key Society, the College’s honorary society.



  • American Bar Association, Member

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member

  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Past Member – Board of Directors


James frequently presents to local organizations, local government offices, and community groups on community association related topics, including developer turnover, condominium assessment collections, and other areas.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 55%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
  3. Business: 15%



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Tressler LLP

233 S. Wacker Drive
22nd Floor
Chicago, IL, 60606


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Alumni Leadership CitationUniversity of Chicago2008
Next Generation LeaderAmerican Constitution Society2007
CWRU Leadership AwardCase Western Reserve School of Law2007
Howell-Murray AwardUniversity of Chicago2004
Distinguished Scholar ScholarshipCase Western Reserve School of Law2004
Maroon Key SocietyUniversity of Chicago2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselTressler, LLP2013 - Present
AssociateNielsen, Zehe & Antas, P.C.2011 - Present
AssociateConnelly Law Group LLC2010 - 2011
PartnerLoberg Stevens LLC2009 - 2010
AssociateGardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona2008 - 2009
Marketing Consultant and AttorneyLevin & Perconti2008 - 2008
Law ClerkKomie & Associates2007 - 2008
Legal Intern with limited admissionMilton Kramer Law Clinic at Case2006 - 2007
Legal InternIllinois Attorney General's Office - Civil Appeals Division2006 - 2006
Legal ExternCity of Chicago Corporation Counsel2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Chicago Lawyer chapter)Co-Chair2009 - Present
Iraqi Mutual Aid SocietyBoard Member2009 - 2011
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Coaching FellowsBoard Member2008 - Present
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Chicago Lawyer Chapter)Vice-Chair2007 - 2009
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Leading Lawyers Network MagazineProfile of Jim Mullady2010
Leading LawyersProfile of Michael Behn2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Thomas Berg2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Michel Feldman2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Robert Dewey2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD2007
University of ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Condo Resource Center PresentationCondominium Law and Dispute Resolution2010
Ask the Expert PanelDeveloper Lawsuits for Condominium Associations2010
University of Chicago Alumni AssociationEntrepreneurship Panel2009
Landlord Training SessionNew anti-crime addendum to municipal landlord regulations2008