James S. Levi

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
[email protected]
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334 (fax)

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EDUCATION
Loyola University - ChicagoBachelor of Business Administrationcum laude1993 

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Honors, 1997  
James Levi, the firm’s managing partner, concentrates his practice in the areas of construction, real estate, and finance matters. James has extensive experience in these areas within the realm of judicial and administrative proceedings, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. In addition, James works with clients to provide creative solutions to complex school law issues such as lease-purchase agreements, alternative financing arrangements for the acquisition of real estate, and the preparation of construction contracts for sophisticated project delivery methods.

Clients know that James brings a direct, yet collaborative perspective and set of abilities to his work, resulting in proven and effective results to meet their needs. James believes that the goal in practicing law is to achieve his clients’ desired outcome to the extent legally possible.

In his spare time, James spends time fishing with his sons, traveling with his wife and children, and enjoying the great outdoors.



  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Former Chairman, School Law Committee

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 1997 – Present

  • National Council of School Attorneys, 1997 – Present

  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Member, 2014 – Present



  • City of Highwood, Alderman2011-2015, 2019 – Present 

  • Fort Sheridan Joint Plan Commission, Member, 2010  



  • International Risk Management Institute, Certified Construction Risk Management Specialist2017 – Present

  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2019 – Present  

  • Top Real Estate-Related Lawyers, Midwest Real Estate News, 2021



  • Selecting and Contracting with Construction Managers, author, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys From the Ground Up: Legal Issues in School Construction, 2002