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James Henry Waller

Criminal defense Attorney at Springfield, IL

3.8   10 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2007
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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James is a skilled attorney, experienced at arguing cases at both the trial and appellate levels of Illinois and U.S. federal courts.  His passions are focused on securing the best possible results for his clients in Illinois and federal criminal courts.


Office of the State Appellate Defender
400 W. Monroe St.
Suite 303
Springfield, IL, 62704

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Posted by Barbara | January 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
James is an excellent Lawyer
James has been my divorce lawyer for a bit now, and he is doing the most excellent job. He is very focused, caring, determined, and helpful in all areas. He is always available to help you with any problems, questions, concerns and makes you feel at ease and calm. He knows what he is doing and will help you in the most toughest of situations to accomplish what needs to be accomplished. He is honest and reliable. I trust him most ardently. He is a GREAT lawyer to have on your side! He gets the job done!
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Posted by Mary Jane | January 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Landlord win - Justice Served
James was available, knowledgeable, efficient, and I'd highly recommend him for civil cases! He's a professional, saved me lots of money, and drove my case to win!
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2014
Excellent Professional Lawyer
Mr. Waller is an excellent lawyer. He successfully helped me obtain a pardon from the Governor for a crime I Committed when I was 18 years old. The process was long and frustrating to go through, but Mr. Waller kept me informed and made sure I knew what to expect at each stage. Obtaining the pardon changed my life, and I have Mr. Waller to thank for that. I would highly recommend him as an experienced professional on this topic.
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Posted by Carol | October 8, 2014
Helped our family
Our son got into trouble while at college. Mr. Waller helped him avoid a felony conviction and worked with the school to keep him enrolled.
Posted by Mary | March 19, 2013
Very helpful
Thank you for helping me with my one and only divorce. It was difficult for me at times, but with your help I have learned to start over, although sometimes hard. I have been able to accomplish better things in my life. Thank you again for all the hard work you did to make my life better.
Posted by Susan | March 12, 2013
Great trial lawyer
Mr. Waller did a great job winning my case. We got everything we asked for, and attorney's fees.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2009
A life saver!
Mr. Waller and his staff really took care of me. I hope i never need a lawyer again, but i'm telling my friends to call him if they get in trouble!
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
Any free consultation over phone and wants your retainer on thousand dollars. Run. My experiences are similar like to the two bad experiences customers. Once your retainer is in. Only see you in court day or close to court day. Hardly get a hold on him in person or over the phone or email. No idea what to do when things happen. When things happen, blames/problem goes to you. Right before court day, he forgot what he/his assistant told me to bring which I brought in.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2013
Not Recommended
Based on personal experience, I do not recommend this attorney. Attorney failed to inform me on any details of my case and was very belligerent. Was unable to answer when asked very basic details of my case. Once his office received payment I did not hear back. When I suggested that him and his superior were not exercising fiduciary duty I was told to sue them and see how it works out. Very displeased with this attorney and his office.
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Response from James Waller October 11, 2016
While I can't comment, of course, on any particular communications with a client, I can state that the only truth to this review is that I did represent this "anonymous" reviewer. Our team worked hard to minimize the consequences of this person's actions and were successful in avoiding some of the more severe possible penalties. Unfortunately, we can not always completely undo a client's actions, and understand that they are sometimes unsatisfied with that fact.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2012
Out of the Loop
I've had this lawyer. At first, everything seemed great until he started dodging my phone calls and emails. He will not even talk to me until my court date. Who does this guy think he is? I have no idea what's going on in this case, but it can drastically alter my life. I highly suggest finding someone different.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bloomington Law Group, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founder
  • James H. Waller, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Johnson Law Group
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Rule 711 Assistant State's Attorney
  • Champaign County State's Attorneys Office
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Major Accounts Manager
  • Rdestiny, LLC
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Account Executive
  • Access US
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Millikin University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. M.M.
  • Reversed on Appeal - Sentence Vacated


  • McLean County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Dad
  • My daughters
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Squaretable
  • Healthcare PoAs and Living Wills for Non-mainstream Communities
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Waller is a knowledgable, compassionate attorney that represents his clients with energy. No criminal/DUI case seems too complicated and his clients always seem to have great outcomes with their cases based on his hard work and experience. His knowledge base extends into the complicated realm of family law, child custody, and support as well where he approaches his cases as an "out-of-the-box" thinker, strategically planning his case resolutions in ways that substantially benefit his clients. He is someone you can trust to fight for you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waller is an attorney-advocate of the highest order - he is very skilled, experienced, and sharp. His careful but straightforward approach to family law issues in my personal observation is a valuable asset to his clients, and his professionalism is a credit to the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waller is an attorney known for his professionalism and preparation, both in and out of court. He is experienced with the Central Illinois legal system, and his dedication to his clients makes him a fierce advocate and valuable asset to them."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Waller is an experienced litigator and negotiator. He knows the law and pursues his client's interests assertively."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Waller represents his clients with a zealous passion and works hard to obtain excellent results. He is focused in his work and has a strong drive with a well rounded knowledge of the law in Family, Divorce, and Criminal Defense matters."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waller is a skilled advocate who exemplifies professionalism. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waller has experience in a wide variety of practice areas. His work shows his dedication to his clients and his knowledge of the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Waller was opposing counsel on a recent case. I was impressed with his professionalism, his prompt responses to correspondence, and the speed with which he drafted and entered the settlement documents. I endorse this attorney."
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