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James Reilly

James Reilly

Law Offices of Reilly & Skerston
  • Divorce, DUI & DWI, Family Law ...
  • Illinois
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James T. Reilly has been practicing since 1979. He is an experienced trial lawyer with over fifty jury cases tried to verdict. He concentrates his practice in both civil and criminal litigation. Jury awards include medical malpractice, wrongful death, fraud prosecution and various types of personal injuries. He has defended cases in criminal courts ranging from fitness trials in murder cases to DUI’s. In addition to these, he has successfully defended persons charged with arson, aggravated battery, drug offenses and other felonies and misdemeanors.

Reilly has served as a LaSalle County Assistant Public Defender since 2000. He represents clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He has an extensive Social Security Disability practice obtaining permanent disability awards for over 200 clients. He is also the LaSalle County Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children. He represents virtually all minors charged in LaSalle County for adjudication of wardship under the Juvenile Court Act. Reilly is a graduate of Loyola School of Law in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree with double majors in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois.

He practiced in the Chicago area in private practice and with the National District Attorney Association before moving to LaSalle County. With NDAA he served as editor in chief of its magazine, “The Prosecutor”, and project manager for Victim/Witness Assistance Project, Child Support Enforcement Project and Alternatives to Incarceration Project. He was the Association Staff Attorney.

Reilly has served the Illinois State Bar Association as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee since 2004 and is a member of the Assembly, the governing body of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is past president and present treasurer of the LaSalle County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Social Security Disability
Workers' Compensation
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Law Offices of Reilly & Skerston
James T. Reilly and Jennifer Bunker Skerston have been concentrating in civil and criminal litigation for over 45 years of combined success.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D. (1979)
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University of Chicago
B.A. (1976) | Economics and Finance
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Top Attorneys of North America
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Tradition of Excellence Award
Illinois State Bar
Presented by the General Practice Section in recognition of his contribution to and enhancement of the general practice of law. It is given to the lawyer showing zealous advocacy and personal service to the profession.
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar Association  # 26168
Activities: Member of the ISBA Assembly; Member of the Marketing and Communications Committee; Past Member of the Public Relations Committee; Member of the Subcommittee on Technology; Member of the Subcommittee on Public Events; Chairman of Ask A Lawyer Day Committee
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LaSalle County Bar Association
Activities: Past President
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Articles & Publications
Establishing Victim Witness Programs in Prosecutor's Office
National District Attorney's Association
Forcing IV-D Child Support
National District Attorney's Association
Criminal Case Note
National District Attorney's Association
Speaking Engagements
Federal Oversight of DCFS: History, Litigation, Response, Training Session, Illinois Valley Community College
LaSalle County Juvenile Justice Symposium
Federal Oversight of DCFS: History, Litigation, Response, Monthly Meeting, Illinois Valley Community College
LaSalle County Juvenile Justice Symposium
Social Security DisabilityPractice, Monthly Meeting, Ottawa Illinois
LaSalle County Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Main Office
7 Dannys Drive
Suite 1
Streator, IL 61364
Telephone: (815) 672-8505
Fax: (815) 672-8605
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Ottawa and LaSalle times available by appointment only.