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Areas of Law

  • Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Real Estate
  • Probate and Estate Planning
  • Commercial Law
  • Litigation
  • Municipal Law

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1983, Illinois
    1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    1987, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended

  • Drake University
    Class of 1982
    J.D.

University Attended

  • University of Illinois
    Class of 1979
    B.S., Finance

Bar Associations

  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Council Member, Agricultural Law (1998-1999)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Council Member, Local Government Law (1994-1995)
  • Illinois Farm Bureau, Ad Hoc Committee for Law Reform (1993-1996)
  • Illinois Farm Bureau, Legislative Committee (1992-1994)

Recognitions

  • Martindale Hubbell BV rating
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers Association

Work History

  • Phebus, Tummelson, Bryan & Knox, Urbana, Illinois, 1983-1989
  • Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy & Perlstein, Champaign, Illinois, 1989-2008
  • Tepper, Mann & Cottrell, Urbana, Illinois, 2008-2013
  • James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. 2013- present

Publications

  • Contributor, Task Force Report, Illinois Farm Bureau, 1998
  • The Clean Water Act and the Tullock Rule. Illinois State Bar Association, Agricultural Law, April 1999
  • A Survey of Federal Conservation Programs. Illinois State Bar Association, Agricultural Law, November 1999
  • Protection of USDA Benefits. Illinois State Bar Association, Agricultural Law. November 1999
  • “Merchandising Claimants Entitled to 85% of Claim upon Liquidation of Elevator Assets,” ISBA, Agricultural Law. August 2000
  • Environmental Law chapter, IICLE Publication, Illinois Law and Agribusiness 2001, Supplement 2005
  • Water Rights Chapter, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Publications, Illinois Law and Agribusiness, 2001; Supplement 2005
  • Water and Riparian Rights Chapter, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Publications, Causes of Action: Estates, Business and Non-Personal Injury Actions 2002; supplement 2005