James G. Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning criminal defense lawyer, based out of Schaumburg, Illinois who handles criminal cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. James has spent the past 26 years practicing criminal law. James is widely considered to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State of Illinois.
James has a lived in the Chicago area his entire life. James is a 1995 graduate of Gordon Tech High School. James attended Loyola University of Chicago, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After college, James attended the Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. James graduated in 1992 with a law degree (JD). For a period of time, James taught law classes at Lansing Community College while attending law school. James took the Bar Exam in 1992 and passed it the first time he took it. James was sworn in as an Illinois lawyer in 1992.
James became a member of the General Bar for the Northern District of Illinois the same year. In 1995 James was admitted to the Trial Bar for The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In order to be admitted to the Trial Bar, you must apply and demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and qualifications to be allowed to try a case in Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Applications for the Trial Bar are reviewed by a panel of Federal Judges in Chicago and only approved if the lawyer meets their rigorous standards. It is very rare for a lawyer to be admitted to the Trial Bar 3 years after graduating from Law School. James Dimeas has appeared in all the Federal Courts in Chicago and Rockford, as well as Las Vegas , Nevada for a Federal criminal case for a former resident of Chicago. James's wide breadth of experience includes drug cases in Federal Court and cases involving the Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license scandal, which ultimately led to the conviction of the former Governor of Illinois.
James Dimeas is a highly-experienced criminal defense attorney. James has handled several high-profile criminal cases that have received extensive media attention. James has been on local television news programs and in all the local newspapers. James has been interviewed by newspaper and television journalists for newspaper, magazine, and television pieces. Other local criminal defense lawyers regularly seek James's opinion on how to properly handle their criminal cases.
In 2012, James was asked by Thomson Reuters, to help write a book that helps teach other criminal defense lawyers how to represent clients charged with Identity Theft. Thomson Reuters is one of the nation's oldest and largest publishers of material for lawyers. The chapter written by James was chosen as Chapter 1 of the Identity Theft book that was published the same year.
James Dimeas has a "Superb" rating by AVVO. AVVO is known for posting ratings of all the lawyers in the Uunited States. AVVO’s “Superb” rating means that James Dimeas is one of the highest rated criminal defense lawyer in the United States.
The National Trial Lawyers named James a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer" in 2015. This recognition has continued every year since then. This honor is by invitation only and involves a lengthy and rigorous selection process that insures that the attorneys selected for this prestigious honor have proven their excellence in their profession to earn this honor.
The American Association of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized James as a "Top 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." This honor is reserved for criminal defense lawyers who have achieved significant and noteworthy success in the area of Criminal Law.
James Dimeas was named a "Best DUI Attorney."
James was named a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." Expertise uses a rigorous selection process, taking into consideration the reputation, credibility, experience, engagement and professionalism to hand-select a candidate to receive this honor.
James has been married for almost 19 years. James lives, and works, in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. James's office is located within a short driving distance of all the Courthouses in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County and Lake County. James is actively involved in the local community and is highly respected in the legal community.