James C. Thompson James C. Thompson
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Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law and Collections
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Business Planning and Organization

  • Ohio High School, Ohio, Illinois, 1982 co-valedictorian (Who’s Who)
  • Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, B.A. (History) 1985
    • Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois,
    • J.D. 1988 Cum Laude, Harno Fellow
Admissions to practice
  • State of Illinois, 1988
  • United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1988
Professional Membership and Committees
  • Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA)
    • Member, 1988-present
    • Chair, Judicial Liaison Committee, 1991-1992
    • Chair, Legal-Realtor Committee, 1996-1997
    • Editor, The Lawyer, 2006-2007
    • Chair, Commercial Law Committee (2009-2010)
Additional training
  • Trained as arbitrator for court-annexed mandatory arbitration
  • Trained as major civil-case mediator
  • Member, Winnebago County Republican Central Committee
    • Precinct committeeman, 1992-present
    • Vice-Chairman, Central Committee, 2006-present
  • Member, Swing Productions entertainment group, 1992-present
  • Member, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois
    • Cantor, Contemporary Choir member
    • Parish Council member
  • Commissioner, Winnebago County Circuit Public Safety Commission 2008-present
  • Rockford College Alumni Association, past president (1990-1992)
  • Past member, various barbershop quartets and organizations

Mr. Thompson and his wife, Lori (a Rockford native and East High School graduate), were married in 1991. Lori is an instructor at OSF-St. Anthony’s College of Nursing, a provider with the Carrie Lynn Center and through the MERIT program as a pediatric nurse practitioner and as an instructor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. They have one child, Michael, and reside in Loves Park.

Mr. Thompson has been involved in musical activities since high school, soloing and performing in choirs and quartets at the collegiate, church and semi-professional level. He enjoys reading, anything musical and working outdoors—following his father’s footsteps in carpentry work and a love of working on the farm

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