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James H. Knippen II

Litigation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

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  • Licensed for 44 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1979
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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, . District Court Northern District of Illinois, . District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial BarEducation:University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1979 J.D.


St. Norbert College, 1972 B.A. Honors: Magna Cum LaudeHonors and Awards:Phi Epsilon SigmaProfessional Associations and Memberships:Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)


Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)


DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)


American Association for Justice (AAJ)


Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered
2150 Manchester Road
Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60187

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chartered
  • 1983 - Present


  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • St Norbert College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972


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  • Illinois State Bar Association
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  • DuPage County Bar Association
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  • American Association for Justice
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Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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"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."
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Wheaton Litigation Lawyer James H. Knippen II
James H. Knippen II
Litigation Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 44 years