James ("Jim") Freeman graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2000 he received his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Freeman has over a decade of experience working for and against insurance companies. He has experience working for both plaintiffs and defendants, so he knows how the insurance industry works, giving him a tactical advantage over both the insurance companies and their defense attorneys.
In 2006 Mr. Freeman founded The Law Offices of James M. Freeman, P.C. Early on it was clear that the firm's focus would be advocating on behalf of the vulnerable users of Illinois roadways. Because of his prior involvement with the bicycling community, Jim naturally started to take bike and pedestrian cases. Since then he has handled a wide variety of injury cases ranging from broken bones to wrongful death. Because his firm handles so many "vulnerable user" cases, the staff is familiar with the issues and intricacies which are so often specific to such cases, as well as the circumstances under which vulnerable users operate on Illinois roadways.
Mr. Freeman volunteers and works with local pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit advocacy organizations educating people about their rights and responsibilities with regard to their modes of travel. He gives regular "legal cycling" presentations to bike clubs throughout the Chicagoland area in an effort to educate cyclists about their rights, and responsibilities, safety issues and how to handle collisions, assaults and accidents.
Mr. Freeman has been an avid bicyclist and runner for many years. He commutes to work by bicycle year 'round. He is also an experienced road and track racer. When taking time off from his practice, Jim enjoys bike touring and hiking.
Mr. Freeman also has many years of experience as a bicycle mechanic. He has been known to comment about his love for his years working in the bike shop, "No one is a bike mechanic for the money. They enjoy it." True to his passion, Jim still enjoys "turning a wrench" in the shop occasionally. He teaches wheel bulding classes at West Town Bikes, a bike education center, and has volunteered as a mechanics instructor for youth programs throughout Chicago.
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
- Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
- Break The Gridlock
- West Town Bikes Board of Directors
- Active Transportation Alliance
- League of Illinois Bicyclists
- Adventure Cycling Association