James Shield


  • location icon Chicago, IL
    550 West Adams Street
    Suite 300
    Chicago, IL 60661

James Shield is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Practices. Mr. Shield is a young, but experienced, litigation savvy attorney. His practice focuses on a variety of areas, including, general liability defense, wrongful death, construction site accidents, professional liability, premises liability and product liability cases. Mr. Shield has a wide array of knowledge and experience both inside and outside the courtroom, including motion practice, depositions, jury and bench trials as he has been involved in numerous trials, arbitrations, and mediations. He takes pride in obtaining great results for his clients and will continue to do so for years to come.

Legal Experience

  • Associate Trial Attorney at Madison Law Associates, LLC
  • Associate Attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd.
  • Law Clerk for Collis & Collins


DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal Vol. XIII No. 4 (summer 2015): "Apple, Inc. v. Superior Court: Caveat Emptor - The Future of Online Credit Card Transactions."


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Illinois




  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Awards & Honors

CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Wills, Trusts & Estates, 2013


DePaul University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Agriculture Economics with a concentration in Public Policy and Law, 2012

Representative Matters

  • Harris v. McSwain (Cook County, 2022) (successfully obtained verdict in favor of the defendant in a motorist v. pedestrian incident wherein Plaintiff claimed she was working directing traffic outside of an E.R. when the Defendant struck her causing injuries to her neck, back, and right knee)
  • Harris v. Peterson (Cook County, 2020) (successfully defended motorist in left-turn MVA case wherein Plaintiff had the right of way and alleged a traumatic brain injury, psychological/emotional damages, permanent disfigurement, and arthroscopic shoulder surgery as a result of the incident)
  • Calvo v. Camerano (Cook County, 2019) (successfully defended motorist in auto v. pedestrian case wherein Plaintiff was struck by client’s car at a crosswalk causing multiple vertebral fractures and a kyphoplasty surgery)
  • Tertocha v. Beaty (Macon County, 2019) (successfully defended motorist in MVA case wherein passenger-plaintiff sustained an eye injury as a result of airbag deployment and alleged permanent visual impairment including the development of cataracts, future cataract surgery, and increased risk of developing glaucoma)
  • Crout v. Grayzeck (Cook County, 2019) (successfully defended motorist in MVA case wherein plaintiff was rear-ended by the client’s vehicle and alleged permanent disability, future cervical fusion surgery, and future hand surgery)
  • Mylnarczyk v. Archer Window Cleaning (2018 Il App (2d) 170477) (successfully secured summary judgment and defended on appeal with oral arguments before the Second District Appellate Court in a slip-and-fall case wherein Plaintiff alleged the client’s window washing activities caused personal injuries)
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