James Levi

Managing Partner

As a partner in the firm, James Levi concentrates his practice in the areas of construction, real estate and finance matters. In addition, James has extensive experience working with clients in these areas within the realm of judicial and administrative proceedings, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. James was named the firm’s Managing Partner in 2020.

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.

His clients know that James brings a unique 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.


Professional Leadership

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Former Chairman, School Law Committee
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 1997 – present
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials, member, 2014 – present

Community Leadership

  • City of Highwood, Alderman, 2011-2015, 2019-present
  • Fort Sheridan Joint Plan Commission, Member, 2010

Honors & Recognition

  • International Risk Management Institute, Certified Construction Risk Management Specialist, 2017 – current
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2019 – present

Publications, Presentations & In-services

  • 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


Arlington Heights


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Loyola University – Chicago, Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude, 1993

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., honors, 1997

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