James M. Urtis, Esq.
James M. Urtis, born August 23, 1965, in Rochester, New York, is a graduate of the University of Rochester (’88) and the Valparaiso University School of Law (’91).
Since becoming licensed in the State of Illinois in 1991, he has concentrated his practice in the area of litigation. To date, he has amassed settlements and verdicts in excess of 10 million dollars.
The core of Mr. Urtis’ practice is litigation relating to injuries suffered in the workplace, as a result of medical negligence, as a result of defective/dangerous premises and as a result of motor vehicle collisions. He also spends a considerable amount of time successfully prosecuting substantial commercial litigation claims. The majority of Mr. Urtis’ day is spent in the courtroom, prosecuting cases, presenting motions, conducting hearings, negotiating, arguing, and settling claims.
After litigating in the same area of law, in the same venue (Cook County, Illinois) for in excess of twenty five years, Mr. Urtis has become well versed in the prosecution of civil and commercial claims. When to file, where to file, what to plead, who to name as a Defendant, when to be aggressive, when to be passive, how to present a motion, conduct a hearing, handle a witness, a judge or an opposing attorney – these are issues that, if not handled by an experienced litigator, can determine the outcome of a case. It is for that reason that Mr. Urtis has concentrated his practice in one area of law in one geographical area for the past twenty years.
Mr. Urtis has obtained millions of dollars for injured victims in that period of time but, apart from the money, his true measure of success lies in the clients that are elated with the way their case is prosecuted and the ultimate result obtained and the referrals he is made from his existing and past clientele.