James M. Lydon is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer with a broad-based litigation practice. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. James’ areas of practice include professional liability, healthcare, government, business and employment litigation.
In the area of professional liability litigation, James regularly defends physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals in medical negligence matters. He also handles employment related matters, including defending discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination lawsuits.
In governmental practice, James has frequently been appointed as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel and Special State’s Attorney to represent the City of Chicago and Cook County in a variety of civil litigation matters, including civil rights defense. These appointments have additionally included administrative hearing and internal investigation engagements.
James has further represented corporate clients in business disputes, including breach of contract, tortious interference with business relationships, Whistleblower Act, and false claim/qui tam actions. He is also experienced in white collar criminal matters and has defended clients in fraud and other financial related cases.
Before joining Hinshaw, James served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, where he tried 30 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. As a member of the Felony Review Unit, he participated in hundreds of felony investigations.
Professional Affiliations :
- Chicago Inn of Court
- Society of Trial Lawyers
- Federal Defender Program in the U.S. District Court, Panel Attorney
- J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
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