James D. Spiros – Founding Partner
As the founding partner of Spiros Law, P.C., Jim is a skilled litigator with extensive experience handling cases involving medical negligence, defective drugs and devices, workplace injuries, serious traffic and trucking accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, and wrongful death. Jim’s growing list of significant victories has earned Spiros Law, P.C. a reputation as the go-to firm for injury and medical negligence cases in downstate Illinois.
Jim is unwavering in his commitment to helping “the little guy.” As such, he has always strived to offer the highest quality of representation to those who might otherwise lack the opportunity to have their cases heard. In August of 2005, he secured the second highest jury verdict in the history of Vermilion County history, with a $9.8 million verdict on behalf of an injured minor. In December 2009, he secured a $3.3 million settlement on behalf of a Vermilion County family against a Champaign County hospital. In January 2010, he secured the largest settlement ever reported in Ford County, Illinois, of $1.45 million. Other notable settlements include $1 million for the family of a motorcyclist killed in a vehicle accident and $1.4 million in a medical negligence case for the improper administration of medication at a Central Illinois hospital. Within the past two years alone, Jim has procured millions of dollars in settlements and consistently exceeded client expectations:
“Now everything is finished with doctor bills and getting our out-of-pocket expenses back, all because of that last letter you wrote even after my legal work was finished with you. Thank you so much! I haven’t had to work with many lawyers in my life, but you were by far the best.” – Client testimonial
“Thanks again for all the hard work you & Jim have done on my case. I know I had the best!” – Client 2014
Jim’s skill in the courtroom has earned him recognition by his peers throughout Illinois. In 2004, he was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the leading lawyers in the State of Illinois. Jim has also been included in the exclusive Leading Lawyers listing, an honor extended only to those lawyers who are the most recommended by their peers in statewide surveys. Jim has earned this honor each year since 2004. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, another listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained high degrees of peer recognition and professional achievement. He is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization consisting of trial lawyers throughout the United States who have achieved verdicts, arbitration awards, or settlements in an amount totaling one million dollars or more. He was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in February 2008 as a top-lawyer in Illinois for personal injury.
He has been elected to serve on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and has served in that capacity since 2008. Jim is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Medical Negligence Committee, and the Bar Associations for Vermilion and Kankakee Counties.
Jim has been an author and guest lecturer for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has written articles appearing in both Tort Trends and Trial Magazine.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1994. He is active in various conservation, civic, youth, and sports organizations. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons.