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        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 State's Attorney 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. 


        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, sensitive investigations, and counsel.  In his representation of individuals, companies and governmental entities, Jim offers clients personal, experienced, responsive, and cost effective representation.



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    31 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
  3. Violent Crime: 15%
  4. Wills: 15%
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

James J. Knibbs, Attorney and Counsel

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


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198505/11/2016
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- 2009-2014Law 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
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
National Association Legal Placementmember2002 - 2004
Southwest Beverly Improvement AssociationBoard Member1989 - 1994
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 Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyN/AJuris Doctor with honors1985
Southern Illinois UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1982
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