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James Paul LeFante

Car accident Attorney at Peoria, IL

4.7   13 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 25 years
    Illinois - IL 27 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1998
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Before James P. LeFante opened his own personal injury law office, he worked for some of the same insurance companies he goes up against today. His particular niche was medical malpractice. It was not an inspiring line of work: Attorneys worked hard to devise ways to deprive injured persons or their survivors of the benefits promised to them in their policies.

Homegrown Central Illinois Accident and Arrest Lawyer

It was a relief for Jim to leave that business and to take up representing ordinary people here in Central Illinois, who have been injured through the negligence of others, and to obtain rightful compensation for them.

In addition to personal injury services, LeFante Law Offices, P..C., also provides representation to individuals charged with a criminal offense.

If you are dealing with a DUI or drug charge, or have been injured through no fault of your own, we invite you to request a free consultation to discuss your case.

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LeFante Law Offices, P.C.
456 Fulton Street
Suite 410
Peoria, IL, 61602-1174


4.7 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The worst day of my life, now, doesn't have to define it. Thanks to JIM I also didn't loose my professional license as a broker. Loosing that would have changed my entire family's lives in a very negative way. My best friend passed away from an asthma attack and I was then searched and they found a pound of cannibal oil. I was then charged with Manufacture with intent to deliver Cannabis. They also tried to charge me with a drug induced homicide because we were smoking pot. After months of fighting them, the homicide portion dropped off. I was then just being charged with the Manufacture with intent. I then tried to get a first timers probation (410) agreement and the states attorney denied because of an ATH of pot I had been charged with as a juvenile. Jim talked with friends of his and came up with TASC probation that if completed, could wipe the record of being charged with a felony entirely. I was then charged with what I was accused of and received 24 months of adult intense probation. Jim put it in the agreement to review for possible early termination at 12 months. 12 months to the day there was Jim, ready to make it happen for me. Jim persuaded the states attorney to allow a successful early termination by 12 months! HALF! Jim didn't stop there. With TASC probation you then have to file a motion to have the record wiped and vacate the conviction. So what does Jim do? Without me even needing to appear in court, Jim represented me and successfully persuaded the states attorney and the judge to VACATE THE ENTIRE CONVITCTION. When choosing a lawyer Jim and Amanda as a team are second to none. They will fight for you in a way to bring results. They understand and they care. Jim is truly an incredible lawyer skilled in the art of influencing others. LeFante law also has the man power to make you feel as if you are there only client. I couldn't ever explain how terrified I was, how emotional the process was... I don't know what I would have done without Jim and Amanda caring for me and my daughter. Jim really does go the extra mile. Even if he feels it would be a long shot he will at least take the shot for you. He did what every it took to make sure I felt he did all he could. Jim, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My family thanks you.
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Posted by Jennifer | June 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was there for me every step through my recovery
I was in a car accident a year ago that changed my life. After being hit at a high speed, I suffered many injuries. Jim Lefante and his wonderful team helped me throughout the entire process of recovering physically while handling all bills and litigation. I am so impressed and thankful for Jim and his anazing team. They truly went above and beyond for me and everyone in my vehicle. I will tell everyone I know seeking an attorney that if they want the best, the need to call Jim.
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Posted by Cathy | March 10, 2015
Yes, you want this Lawyer
I like to go out to dinner with friends and drink wine and it puts me just over enough to get a DUI. But, a DUI is a DUI and this was my 3rd one in 7 years. I got it in the worst county, with the worst possible judge. I was looking at 7 years of prison and it was hopeless. I am so glad I found James Lefante. He took care of everything. I didn't have to do a thing except show up. He got the entire thing thrown out of court on a tiny technicality. He is amazing. Do not hesitate to call him. He is worth every penny.
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Posted by Oliva | January 20, 2015
Personal Injury Claim
In our personal experience, Attorney James LeFante is a top of the line lawyer. He was very trustworthy, knowledgeable and kept us informed of the status of our case. He was able to settle our personal injury claim fairly. He was compassionate, patient and could relate to our situation during the term of settling the case. He was very resourceful, intelligent, honest and accurate in his judgement. We would highly recommend him as a personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by Teresa | December 16, 2014
Great Service And Treated me With Respect.
I had the Pleasure of Meeting Mr. LeFante' and his hard working staff. They always treated me with Respect either on the phone or in Person. They also made me feel Like a Person and not a statistic. If I ever need another Attorney I will Call Mr. LeFante' and his Staff. I came home from work today and got a very nice surprise from LeFante' Law office. I am so thankful For Attorney's like Jim and his Staff. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Thanks for the help you gave me and for working as hard as your firm did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2014
Highly recommend
Mr. Lefante is by far the best lawyer to hire for whatever you may need. Not only did he help me make the best choice when I came across some trouble, he also continued to help me after my case was closed. He responds quickly and offers wonderful advice. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing a lawyer. He answers all questions thoroughly. Don't be scared to ask or have him explain if you are confused. He truly cares about his clients like they are family.
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Posted by Nancy | May 22, 2014
Excellent Law Firm
Mr. LeFante and his staff were very professional in their handling of our college-aged son's criminal defense. They were able to accomplish an alternative to prison, and are always there for us in case any questions arise. We would highly recommend Mr. LeFante for any criminal defense legal issues as his area of expertise far outweighed our expectations.
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Posted by Levan G. | April 14, 2014
Honest Lawyer, You won't regret it!
Great lawyer! Was very informative, explained my options.I highly recomend J.Lefante to anyone who wants a lawyer who is actually going to be there for them and not turn them away in despair.
Posted by Joshua | March 18, 2014
Best Lawyers in Peoria area
I had got myself in to trouble 4 years ago. After a long battle and several motions filed. We settled for first time felon probation.(4-10) Which the States Attorney fought very hard against. Jim and Mike Doubet fought very hard for me and never gave up. They saw that I was getting the book thrown at me and I have never seen lawyers actually fight a case like it was their own charges. My probation was for 2 years. After a year and a half I was pulled over and convicted for driving on revoked. Peoria County didn't hesitate to revoke my probation and I went in with a Public Defender. The State said they would only take a conviction an 1 year state time no exceptions. I called Jim right away. Jim knows my family because he treats us like family. I don't have a secret that Mr. Lefante doesn't know. I was also battling another case in Tazewell County. I knew with Jim and Mike on my case I would be ok. After several months going over everything Tazewell's charges were dropped and I do not have a conviction. This guys and all the staff are great. They take every case and fight like its there own.
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Posted by Eric & Jackie | March 18, 2014
Great Experience !!!!
They all were great! Always kept me updated and very nice!! I really appreciated Liz she was so understanding and always very nice!!! I would use them again and I will send anyone to then that is in need of a good lawyer !!
Posted by Terri | March 14, 2014
Mr. Lefante and his office crew are the most caring and understanding law firm my husband and myself could have ever found!!
I had a major slip and fall accident and needed to seek out a lawyer for help and guidance. On our first visit with Mr. Lefante he talked with us for well over an hour and took the time to read all the documentation I had wrote up regarding my accident. He told us his background, asked questions regarding our case and was very caring and truly sympathetic of our case and we felt he truly wanted to help us. We had no reservations at that point making the decision to hire him on! I was in a lot of pain and had to go through a year and a half of all kinds of different doctors, therapies, surgeries and injections. It was one ordeal after another trying to figure out why I was in so much pain. Jim and his staff were there with me every step of the way, documenting every thing, taking in all my medical bills and always sympathetic of my pain and the discouragement I was going through and always gave me positive encouragement to keep me going to my doctors appointments and to keep my spirits up because the goal and focus was always for me to get better. At one point I was so upset and crying as I had finally reached a breaking point that I called Jim in a frantic panic and he talked with me until he finally got me settled down on the phone to get me back on track to continue on to try to find out what was wrong with me. Medical bills also started piling up and we needed some major help as we did not have the funds to pay all of them. Jim was willing to help with the medical bills by sending out letters to the medical providers letting them know he would take on a lien for these bills until medical treatment was complete. I was overwhelmed with the fact he was willing to go that far to help us out, that was such a huge relief to us. I could not have been more appreciative for his help at that moment! Jim and his staff no matter how many times we called or had problems were always there to try to answer our questions and help out in anyway possible.. We never ever felt like we were a bother to them. I always felt like we were top priority every step of our lengthy ordeal. We were always kept informed of any information we needed to be informed of at all times via phone, mail or e-mail. After both of my major surgeries Jim and his staff sent me a beautiful flowers to try to cheer me up! The whole staff just made us feel like family which was very comforting. Finally after getting out of pain it was time to get geared up for court which was very scary to us as we had never been through anything like this before. Jim helped us the entire way through the whole process, he went out of his way to set up evening appointments for us to help get us prepped for court. We finally ended up going to Federal court for mediation for our case and after spending the entire the day mediating our case we came to a great settlement on our behalf!! Jim immediately got his staff preparing all the paperwork and by time we got back from court all paperwork was ready for us to sign and with in three weeks settlement was received. Jim and his staff then got all medical bills paid and even went above and beyond expectations with medical bills and actually made some phone calls to some of the medical providers to see if they would reduce some of their fees to help us with our net income and they were actually able to get a lot of the medical providers to reduce their bills for pay off!! My husband and myself are elated with the service we received with Mr. Lafante and his awesome office crew and we give them the highest recommendation we can give and thank them for all their help, compassion and support through this whole lengthy process. Thank you , thank you ,thank you for being a law firm with grounded roots and bringing that through to us as your clients, that gave us so much comfort in more ways then you and your staff will ever know and thanks for giving us the opportunity to become part of the Lefante family! :-) 03/15/2014
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2013
Knowledgable and Effective
Mr. LeFante represented me in my divorce after a previous lawyer led me in a wrong, almost irretrievable direction. He researched my case and was honest and forthright with his advice. He worked diligently with me to determine a strategy for my case and coached and encouraged me to present the best evidence for my trial. It was obvious Mr. LeFante cared about my case and was dedicated to presenting it in the most effective manner. I put my complete trust in him for a favorable outcome for me and my two children and I was not disappointed. What sets him apart from other attorneys, in my opinion, is his intelligence, knowledge and dedication to his clients. He is superlative where it comes to legal representation that you can count on. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking the services of a competent and caring attorney.
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Posted by Joshua | March 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We failed
Mr. Lefante’s office and myself failed in my workmans comp claim. My personal feeling are your case pay-out will dictate his level of concern for your case. Otherwise this was a McDonald’s experience personally. Maybe 3 different councils handled my case??? I felt this office got bullied . I got bullied . I’m am not a friend and I am not family. I am also a decorated disabled veteran firefighter and Mr. Lefante’s office allowed for me to be called a liar. He was not my sword and shield.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Capetola & Doddato LLP
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney
  • Goodman & Witanen
  • 1997 - 1998


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Western Illinois University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Illinois v. Nathan Hawk
  • Not Guilty by reason of insanity


  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Illinois Outstanding Young Lawyers
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James (Jim) Lefante is a fellow member of the National College for DUI Defense, a select group of defense lawyers who have the knowledge and trial skill to successfully try and win DUI cases in Illinois. Very few lawyers have that skill and Jim is one of the few who do. He not only possesses tactical trial skill but also the ability to observe defects in the State's case that most lawyers would not observe, as well as the dedication to present them to the court in a persuasive manner."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim has a wide range of knowledge that he uses in his big picture approach to serving his clients very effectively."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. LeFante was able to get me to reduce a class 2 Felony DUI to a Misdemeanor based upon a potential motion to suppress issue."
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Peoria Car accident Lawyer James Paul LeFante
James Paul LeFante
Car accident Attorney
Peoria, IL
Licensed for 27 years
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