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Jim Hacking has practiced law in the greater St. Louis area since 1997. While immigration law is his primary focus, Jim has handled civil litigation for his entire practice. Jim applies his litigation skills to his immigration practice, successfully litigating numerous cases against the federal government for individuals waiting for years for citizenship and lawful permanent resident status. He also has successfully represented many clients facing deportation from the United States.

Outside of the immigration realm, Jim represents individuals injured through the negligence of others and also handles workers compensation claims. Jim is an experienced litigator, having handled numerous cases through trial and appeals in Missouri and Illinois. In the early part of his career, Jim practiced maritime law at a local boutique firm. Jim now uses that background in representing barge workers injured on the job. He has handled numerous Jones Act injury claims over the course of his career.

Jim has been active in local civic affairs. He has been a volunteer attorney through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri since he started practicing law. Jim was a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and served as the group's executive director for two years. He has served on the U.S. Attorney's Hate Crimes Task Force and currently chairs the Muslim Task Force of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri. In 2009, he received the Eugene H. Buder Award from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri as volunteer of the year. In 2009, Jim was elected to the inaugural board of Missouri Immigrants & Refugee Advocates, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees. In 2010, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri awarded Jim the F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award for his efforts advocating for low income individuals in the St. Louis area. Jim has also taught as an adjunct professor at the SLU Law School.

In 2004, the Riverfront Times named Jim the Best Lawyer in St. Louis. Jim graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. His article "Won't You Be My Neighbor - Does New Jersey's Megan's Law Violate The Constitution Ban On The Passage Of Ex Post Facto Legislation?" appeared in the 41st Edition of the Law Journal.  The Riverfront TImes again named Jim Best Lawyer in St. Louis in 2013.

Jim has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and on National Public Radio. He has been interviewed repeatedly on local television, radio and print outlets. He lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, with his wife, three sons and daughter.


Languages spoken: English, Bosnian

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 59%
    10 years
  2. Personal Injury: 9%
    18 years
  3. Civil Rights: 9%
    16 years
  4. Maritime: 9%
    16 years
  5. Other: 14%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200/hour), contingent (25-33%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Kyce Siddiqi

    I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.


    Kyce Siddiqi Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gary Karl Burger Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a really smart and hardworking lawyer. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. His legal acumen and ability to get amazing legal results is without equal. I refer all my immigration clients to him.


    Gary Burger Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hacking Law Practice, LLC

34 N. Gore
Suite 101
St Louis, MO, 63119


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199805/11/2016
MOGood Standing, Active199701/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer in St. LouisRiverfront Times2013
F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono AwardLegal Services of Eastern Missouri2010
Eugene H. Buder AwardACLU of Eastern Missouri2009
Best Lawyer in St. LouisRiverfront Times2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberHacking Law Practice, LLC2008 - Present
MemberTonkin & Mondl, LC2006 - 2008
AssociateTonkin & Mondl, LC1999 - 2006
AssociateRiezman & Blitz, PC1997 - 1999
Law ClerkGray & Ritter, LC1992 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Missouri BarMember1997 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wilson v. BeersDefendant's Motions Denied
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Publication nameTitleDate
Saint Louis University Law Journal“Won’t You Be My Neighbor — Does New Jersey’s Megan’s Law Violate The Constitution Ban On The Passage Of Ex Post Facto Legislation?”N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Saint Louis UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest SpeakerWhat International students need to know about immigration law2014