James H. Lawlor III

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Chicago Personal Injury Attorney James H. Lawlor, III

James H Lawlor III - Our AttorneyChicago personal injury attorney, James H. Lawlor, III,  has been a member  of Shea Law Group for the past five years.

Over his career spanning more than 25 years, he has successfully recovered millions of dollars for the victims of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims in Illinois.  He is a past recipient of the Illinois Bar Association’s prestigious Lincoln Award, an award given to one young lawyer each year in the State of Illinois based on a competition for excellence in legal research and writing. In 2010, on the motion of The President of the DuPage County Bar Association, he became licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice John Roberts and other members of The Court.

In 2013, he achieved the designation of being an Illinois SuperLawyer, a honor conferred within the Chicago legal community to the top 5% of attorneys in the field of personal injury litigation ( http://www.superlawyers.com/illinois/lawyer/James-H-Lawlor-III/bb412ccf-37e6-40f6-95ee-aa988a1bf2b1.html ). For the past three years, Mr. Lawlor, along with Thomas Quinn, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy and surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine, has co-authored a nationwide text book for attorneys, “Medical Evidence”. In addition, Mr. Lawlor has authored three articles which have been  published in The Illinois Bar Journal and he has lectured to other members of The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association  on how to handle accident cases involving traumatic brain injury.

Mr. Lawlor  focuses his law practice on matters involving catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and work-related injuries, i.e, workers’ compensation cases, as well as cases arising out of car accidents, dangerous premises and medical malpractice.

Since joining SHEA LAW GROUP last year, Mr. Lawlor has achieved excellent results for his clients, including co-chairing numerous “no offer” jury trials and binding arbitrations that that resulted in favorable recoveries for his clients. His patience, calm demeanor and the mutual respect between Jim and local judiciary and Jim and opposing counsel,  have resulted in high peer ratings and the ability to build consensus to  achieve the best results for his clients.

Outside of the firm, Mr. Lawlor has donated thousands of hours giving back to the community. He has coached youth athletics and has organized or participated in many charitable organizations and events in the suburbs of Chicago. For the past ten years, Mr. Lawlor has been the Board President of  Knock Knolls subdivision, in Naperville, Illinois during which time it was noted by Glancer Magazine to be one of Naperville’s “7 Spectacular subdivisions”  due to the events organized by its board.


John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor, 1987
Herzog Moot Court Team Member

Northeastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1983
Major in Management and with a minor in Economics
Member of Student Senate Fees and Allocation Committee


Illinois, 1987
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1987


Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Chicago Bar Association


Mr. Lawlor has numerous seven-figure recoveries to his credit, including two believed to be the record highs in their categories, including:

  • A multi-million dollar recovery in a McHenry County brain injury case
  • A seven figure recovery in a Cook County post-concussion syndrome case


  • “Proving the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case,” ITLA, February 9, 2002
  • “The Right to Die in Illinois in the Wake of Cruzan, Longeway and Greenspan,” Illinois Bar Journal, February 1991 First Place, 1991 Lincoln Legal Writing Award
  • “Establishing and Rebutting Intoxication in Civil Cases,” Illinois Bar Journal, November 1990
  • “Loss of Society in Illinois: The Swing Toward Restricted Liability,” Illinois Bar Journal, October, 1989


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