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 University, Rockford, Illinois
    • B.A. (History/English) 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

  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) member 2014-present
  • 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


  • Loves Park Alderman (Ward 2), 2021-present
  • Illinois Republican Deputy State Committeeman, Dist. 16, 2022-present
  • Member, Winnebago County Republican Central Committee
    • Precinct committeeman, 1992-present
    • Vice-Chairman, Central Committee, 2006-2011
    • Chairman, 2011-2020
    • Communications committee chair, 2020-2022
    • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2023
  • Member, Swing Productions entertainment group, 1992-2015
  • Member, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois
    • Cantor, Contemporary Choir member
    • Parish Council member, Chairman 2012-2014
    • Finance committee member, 2016-present
  • Pec Playhouse Theater participant: 1997, 2009, 2010, 2017 & 2019
  • Commissioner, Winnebago County Circuit Public Safety Commission 2008-2011
  • Rockford College Alumni Association, past president (1990-1992)
  • Past member, various barbershop quartets and organizations


Mr. Thompson and his wife, Lori (Rockford native and East High School graduate), were married in 1991. Lori’s expertise in the medical field began as an R.N. at Rockford Memorial and continued as she obtained her M.S.N./N.P. degrees in 2005. She has served as an instructor at St. Anthony’s College of Nursing and the University of Illinois College of Medicine as well as a provider at child abuse programs in two states. After using her training as a forensic pediatric nurse practitioner in her role as Wisconsin’s state senior training officer and SANE program coordinator, she taught specialized health science classes at Belvidere High School; she now serves as a school nurse with District 100 (Belvidere) and the Diocese of Rockford.  The Thompsons have one son, Michael, who represents District 17 on the Winnebago County Board; they reside in Loves Park.

Mr. Thompson has been involved in musical and theatrical activities since high school, soloing and performing in choirs and quartets at the collegiate, church and semi-professional level – as well as performing in local community theater. He enjoys reading, anything musical and working outdoors – following his father’s path in carpentry and a love of working on the farm.