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James  P. Crawley


Insurance Defense
Insurance Coverage Opinion, Analysis, & Litigation
Governmental & Municipality Law & Litigation
General Litigation


  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D.
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.A., Political Science


  • Illinois, 1989
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
James P. Crawley
Tel: 312-819-1100
Fax: 312-819-8062
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James Crawley is based in the firm’s Chicago office.  Jim’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including the defense of auto, truck, construction, and premises liability injury claims. 

Jim has three decades of experience handling cases through all phases of litigation, including trial, arbitration and appeal.  He has successfully defended injury and death claims arising from automobile and truck collisions, product liability, construction-site and premises incidents.  Jim has a high success rate in rulings before the Illinois Court Appeals, creating legal precedent in matters involving wrongful death, commercial trucking broker liability, product liability, construction and insurance coverage.  Jim previously served as Deputy General Counsel for a unit of Cook County government, where he served as FOIA officer and Shakman Decree compliance officer.

Jim was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve two terms on the Court’s Judicial Performance and Evaluation Committee, which was created in 1988 to promote judicial excellence and competence.  He currently serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice subcommittee charged with developing uniform, statewide court forms for use by those persons not represented by an attorney.  Jim ran for election in Cook County for Circuit Court Judge in 2014 and 2020.  As part of that process, he was screened and received positive ratings by all fourteen bar associations, including the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.  Jim has served as a mentor to new attorneys through the Illinois Supreme Court Mentoring Program. 

Jim graduated from the Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science. He obtained his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, where he served on the editorial staff of the St. Louis University Public Law Review.  Jim was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit universities that recognizes students who excel in scholarship, loyalty and public service. In college, Jim interned for a U.S. Senator.  While in law school, Jim clerked for Justice Myron H. Bright of the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jim is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois and the United States Supreme Court.