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James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1967. He went on to receive a Masters degree in Anthropology in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology in 1973 both from Yale University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois in 1986. James is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois and United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. 

Before becoming an attorney, James was a Professor of Anthropology for several years, and is presently an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has taught in the OLLI program at Bradley University. He joined the Kavanagh firm as an Associate in 1988 and became a Member of the Firm in 1995. James has published several articles on the topics of Torts, Civil Procedure, and Worker's Compensation. In addition he has co-authored the supplement to Expert Witnesses in Commercial Litigation for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's practitioner's handbook on Business Litigation. 

James is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Association, which awarded him its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Peoria Civic Opera (now Opera Illinois) and the Western Avenue Greenway Project, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the eartland Festival Orchestra.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Employment & Labor: 33%
  3. Workers Compensation: 33%

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Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick P.C.

301 SW Adams St.
Suite 700
Peoria, IL, 61602-1574


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198608/17/2015

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick P.C.1988 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Peoria County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois Bar Journal, 98: 98-105Experts Cannot Testify About the Law -- or Can They?2010
Inter-Business Issues, August 2006, pp. 42-43Retaliatory Discharge Under Federal Maritime Law2006
Illinois State Bar Association Vol.41, No.2, pp. 1-5, Worker's Compensation LawReconciling the Heart Attack Cases II2004
Illinois State Bar Association Vol.31, No.2, pp. 3-7, Human RightsSome Observations on the Legal Status of American Indians and American Indian Tribes2004
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education pp8S-1 - 8S43. Co-author Charles G. Roth, In Business and Commercial LitigationExpert Testimony in Commercial Litigation2003
Tort Trends Vol. 37, No.4, pp.3-6, Illinois State Bar AssociationThe Legal Status of Local Public Entities Under Illinois Tort Law2002
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly 52:530-544, Federal Rules of EvidenceAdmissibility of Evidence of Other Wrongful Acts in Insurance Litigation2002
InterBusiness Issues, October 2002 p-28Recent Cases on Retaliatory Discharge2002
What are the Limits? Trial Briefs Vol.46, No.5, pp.3-5, Illinois State Bar AssociationThe Use of Requests for Admission of Fact in Proving a Litigant's Case2001
Official Illinois Bar Journal Vol. 79, No. 1, JanuaryLegal Ethics and the Public1991
The American Journal of Legal History Vol. 30, No. 1, JanuaryAmerican Indians and the Law of Real Property in Colonial New England1986
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1986
Yale UniversityPhilosophyPhD - Doctorate1973
Yale UniversityPhilosophyMA - Masters1972
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/AA.B. - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Workers Compensation Law + Practice SeminarWorkers Compensation Law + Practice2010