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.
- Madison County Bar Association
- St. Clair County Bar Association
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
- Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Knights of Columbus
Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
- Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer, 2017