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James A. Bock, Jr.


“My goal is to passionately represent our clients in and out of the courtroom in a manner that protects their interests, while exemplifying professionalism and integrity. I hope my character and expertise communicate to clients and to the court, ‘You can trust us.’ ”


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court


J.D., Ave Maria School of Law, magna cum laude, 2012

B.A., Non-Profit Administration, Lindenwood University, 2007


History shapes Jim Bock’s current experience as a litigator, both in his personal background as a public defender and the industrial past of the southern Illinois region where he practices.

In his experience with toxic-tort litigation in Madison County, Illinois — one of the nation’s busiest venues for such cases — Jim helps companies defend against asbestos-related claims. The St. Louis native assists with depositions and arguing motions related to asbestos lawsuits, including those on behalf of a major U.S. manufacturer.

Jim’s previous tenure as an assistant public defender in Madison County lends a deeper understanding of what it takes to successfully argue in front of judges, as well as how to prepare for potential settlement negotiations. As a public defender, he handled several hundred juvenile cases, adult felonies and DUI misdemeanors. That experience honed his abilities to handle a high volume of work and to seek new, outside-the-box solutions to legal issues.

His recent experience also includes representing a company facing claims of negligence related to home construction; helping landowners litigate a real estate auction dispute; defense of a mechanic’s lien placed on commercial property;  representing small business owners in breach of contract disputes; and successfully defending a company in arbitration over a consumer fraud claim.

Professional Affiliations

  • Madison County Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Truck Enforcement Association (ITEA)
  • Catholic Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Knights of Columbus

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer, 2017-18