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


  • Member, Winnebago County Republican Central Committee
    • Precinct committeeman, 1992-present
    • Vice-Chairman, Central Committee, 2006-2011
    • Chairman, 2011-present
  • Member, Swing Productions entertainment group, 1992-present
  • Member, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Rockford, Illinois
    • Cantor, Contemporary Choir member
    • Parish Council member, Chairman 2012-2014
  • 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 (a Rockford native and East High School graduate), were married in 1991. Lori’s expertise in nursing 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 the Carrie Lynn Center and MERIT program in Rockford. A forensic pediatric nurse practitioner, she is the senior training officer and coordinator of the SANE program for the State of Wisconsin. They have one son, Michael, and 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.