James T. Reilly has been practicing since 1979. He is an experienced trial lawyer with over fifty jury cases tried to verdict. He concentrates his practice in both civil and criminal litigation. Jury awards include medical malpractice, wrongful death, fraud prosecution and various types of personal injuries. He has defended cases in criminal courts ranging from fitness trials in murder cases to DUI’s. In addition to these, he has successfully defended persons charged with arson, aggravated battery, drug offenses and other felonies and misdemeanors.
Reilly has served as a LaSalle County Assistant Public Defender since 2000. He represents clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He has an extensive Social Security Disability practice obtaining permanent disability awards for over 200 clients. He is also the LaSalle County Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children. He represents virtually all minors charged in LaSalle County for adjudication of wardship under the Juvenile Court Act. Reilly is a graduate of Loyola School of Law in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree with double majors in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois.
He practiced in the Chicago area in private practice and with the National District Attorney Association before moving to LaSalle County. With NDAA he served as editor in chief of its magazine, “The Prosecutor”, and project manager for Victim/Witness Assistance Project, Child Support Enforcement Project and Alternatives to Incarceration Project. He was the Association Staff Attorney.
Reilly has served the Illinois State Bar Association as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee since 2004 and is a member of the Assembly, the governing body of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is past president and present treasurer of the LaSalle County Bar Association.