James P. Wognum

James P. WognumJames received his degree of Juris Doctor from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1971, and was admitted to practice in Illinois in the same year. He was also admitted to practice in the Federal Court, the Federal Trial Bar, and the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

James has been in private practice since admission and in solo practice for last 25 years. The last 7 years he has been of counsel with Wischhhover & Associates. His  practice concentrates in real estate law, bankruptcy and general litigation. He served as outside counsel for City of Evanston undertaking real estate and lien litigation. He also served as outside counsel for loan documentation for Toronto Dominion Bank.

As a member of Chicago Bar Association, James served as member of various committees and chaired the Mechanics Lien and Land Trust committees. He organized and participated as a lecturer for continuing legal education seminars in real estate law for the Chicago Bar Association.  He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and was a member of the Real Estate Law Section Council. His real estate law knowledge was valuable while he served on the drafting committee for mortgage foreclosure law. In addition to conducting seminars, he wrote chapters for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education practice handbooks on Real Estate Leasing and Mechanics Liens. James served as Arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program.

As a member of the pro bono panel for the Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, James contributed pro bono work as a requirement of status as member of the Trial Bar of the District Court.  He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for his pro bono work.

James has represented banks in litigation, organized condominium and townhome associations in addition to acting as counsel. With his vast amount of bankruptcy knowledge, James represented Chapter 7, 11 and 13 debtors and creditors, as well as representing parties as lead trial counsel in adversary suits in the Bankruptcy Court.  He served as appellate counsel in numerous cases. James represented and served as lead trial counsel for businesses and organizations in discrimination suits in the Federal Court. While his practice has included extensive work drafting documentation for transactions and development, his current practice emphasizes litigation in the areas of general contract litigation, mechanics liens, mortgages, real estate and bankruptcy.

James serves as a board member and Chair of his church, as well as a member of the Episcopal Lawyers Voluntary Network.