James P. Gaughan

Partner

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The fact that you have a sense of humor about your job doesn’t mean that you don’t take it seriously. In fact, anyone who understands the legal profession knows that it’s difficult to be an effective litigator unless you do have a sense of humor. Jim Gaughan is proof of that theory. And the fact that he enjoys winter in Chicago is proof that he has a sense of humor.

Jim is a tough, talented and experienced commercial litigator who has used his considerable experience and equanimity to successfully represent clients in a wide range of complex and challenging class-action lawsuits in jurisdictions across the country. He is relentless about preparation and tactics, constantly weighing and analyzing the respective strengths of his clients, as well as their adversaries, in order to create the most effective and efficient legal strategies.

Jim has a passion for delivering success to his clients. His class action work is extensive and includes the defense of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims, challenges to insurance claim handling and underwriting practices, RICO claims, and environmental disputes. His general litigation practice is broad and includes the defense and prosecution of tax disputes, challenges to corporate structure of related companies, insurance bad faith claims, charges of fraud and malfeasance against corporate officials, partnership disputes, and legal malpractice claims.


  • Education

      • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1990, cum laude
      • University of Chicago, B.A., Economics, 1987, with honors

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      •  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Professional Memberships

    • Chicago Bar Association

      • Judicial Evaluation Committee
    • Illinois State Bar Association

    Honors & Awards

    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2014-2015)