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Practice Focus

Education

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1994

      • Member, The University of Chicago Law Review
      • Recipient, Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy

Cornell University, 1991

      • with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • 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 Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

James Joseph is of counsel at Eimer Stahl LLP.  His practice focuses on large commercial contract disputes, but he has also litigated matters involving antitrust, construction, mass toxic and environmental torts, personal injury, accounting and other professional malpractice, zoning and land use, trusts and estates, securities, mortgage and consumer fraud, insurance, and attorney discipline.

He began his legal career at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, and before joining Eimer Stahl LLP was associated with Hedlund & Hanley, LLC.  From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Joseph helped found and served as the Assistant Director for the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, a legal clinic for urban entrepreneurs at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was also a lecturer.

Highlighted Cases

  • Engaging in an international arbitration involving a multimillion-dollar intellectual property licensing dispute before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation in a dispute with a former franchisee, obtaining a summary judgment award in CITGO’s favor of more than $3 million and successfully defeating the franchisee’s $188 million counterclaim. CITGO Petroleum Corp. v. Ranger Enterprises, Inc., 632 F. Supp. 2d 878 (W.D. Wis. Jul 9, 2009).
  • Represented the Community Colleges of Chicago in a successful accounting malpractice action, resolving in the Colleges’ favor a matter of first impression before the Illinois Supreme Court. Bd. of Tr. of Cmty. Coll. Dist. No. 508, Cty. of Cook v. Coopers & Lybrand, 803 N.E.2d 460 (2003).
  • Represented a leading cement producer in the appeal of a subcontractor’s arbitration award and in related cases in the Texas state and federal courts, successfully obtaining reversal of a $5 million award that had been confirmed by the trial court. 
  • Engaging in an international arbitration involving a multimillion-dollar intellectual property licensing dispute before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation in a dispute with a former franchisee, obtaining a summary judgment award in CITGO’s favor of more than $3 million and successfully defeating the franchisee’s $188 million counterclaim. CITGO Petroleum Corp. v. Ranger Enterprises, Inc., 632 F. Supp. 2d 878 (W.D. Wis. Jul 9, 2009).
  • Represented the Community Colleges of Chicago in a successful accounting malpractice action, resolving in the Colleges’ favor a matter of first impression before the Illinois Supreme Court. Bd. of Tr. of Cmty. Coll. Dist. No. 508, Cty. of Cook v. Coopers & Lybrand, 803 N.E.2d 460 (2003).
  • Represented a leading cement producer in the appeal of a subcontractor’s arbitration award and in related cases in the Texas state and federal courts, successfully obtaining reversal of a $5 million award that had been confirmed by the trial court. 
  • In re Processed Egg Prods. Antitrust Litig. – Represents an egg producer in an MDL (E.D. Pa.) and related suits alleging antitrust and consumer fraud violations in the egg industry.
  • In re MTBE Prods. Liab. Litig. – Represents CITGO Petroleum Corporation in an MDL (S.D.N.Y.) and related state and municipal suits alleging groundwater contamination from the use of a gasoline additive.
  • Chondrolysis Litigation – Represented a medical-device manufacturer in nationwide state and federal personal injury cases alleging failure to warn.
  • Supervision and handling of a refiner's national benzene-exposure docket.
  • Defending construction injury cases arising from a large Chicago-area industrial facility.
  • Defended CITGO in a Texas arbitration against a buyer that sought damages when CITGO declared force majeure following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The arbitrator denied the plaintiff’s recovery and awarded CITGO its attorneys’ fees.
  • Defended a leading cement producer to a favorable arbitration award in fraud and breach of contract claims brought by a Canadian supplier.
  • Represented CITGO before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed a claim against CITGO for allegedly interfering in the plaintiff’s offshore exploration efforts.
  • Pro bono cases include representation of food-truck drivers challenging the City of Chicago’s mobile food-vendor ordinance, ride-sharing drivers seeking to intervene in a suit against the City of Chicago by the taxicab industry, residential tenants in a successful constitutional challenge to the inspection ordinance and practices of the Village of Lyons, Illinois, and an artist sued for trademark dilution by a major consumer foods corporation.