James F. Best | Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington | Chicago, Illinois
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James  F. Best


Insurance Defense
Insurance Coverage Opinion, Analysis, & Litigation
Housing Authority Litigation & Regulatory Compliance
Governmental & Municipality Law & Litigation
Employment Law & Litigation
General Litigation


  • Drake University Law School
    • J.D.
  • Drake University
    • B.S.


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
James F. Best
Tel: 312-819-1100
Fax: 312-819-8062
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Jim Best is an active trial lawyer with over thirty-five years’ experience serving the insurance industry in defense and coverage cases.  In recent years, Jim has tried numerous multi-party and complex injury cases to jury verdict, including five involving fatalities and four involving serious brain damage, amputation, and quadriplegia.  Jim also handles many of the firm's insurance coverage cases.

Jim has been honored as a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer in Illinois from the inception of these honors through the present. Jim has contributed articles and spoken before numerous groups, including the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Defense Counsel, Chicago Claims Manager Association and Executive Enterprises, as well as with many of his clients. Jim also served three terms as the Chairman of the Civil Practice Committee, headed a committee to revise the local rules, and has served on the Judiciary committee of his local bar.

Jim has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense Law
  • Personal Injury Defense Law: General
  • Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime

Jim received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degree from Drake University. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, United States District Court Trial Bar, the United Stated Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Jim is also a certified arbitration chairman.


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