Chicago attorney James McCluskey

James F. McCluskey


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Mr. McCluskey is a founding member of Momkus McCluskey LLC. He concentrates his practice in the trial of commercial cases. Mr. McCluskey practices before all state and federal courts in Illinois. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. McCluskey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmhurst College in 1976. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University in 1979, and a Master of Laws from The John Marshall Law School in 1988. He has been licensed to practice law since 1979. He is a 1981 graduate of the Loyola University Trial Advocacy Program. He has written several articles for the DuPage County Bar and Kane County Bar Journals in the areas of tort and civil litigation. Mr. McCluskey authored a chapter on Arbitration and Mediation for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has given numerous presentations on various aspects of civil litigation for the DuPage County, Kane County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Mr. McCluskey began practicing law in 1979. He practiced as in-house counsel for CNA Insurance from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 through 1986, he practiced at Hubbard, Hubbard, O’Brien & Hall, a Chicago insurance defense firm. From 1986 through 1988, he was employed as an associate for Wylie Wheaton & Associates, a general practice firm in Wheaton, Illinois. He joined Clausen Miller, PC. a 150-attorney insurance defense firm based in Chicago in the Wheaton, Illinois office in 1988. Mr. McCluskey joined Momkus McCluskey LLC as a partner in 1991. He has tried over 55 civil jury trials to verdict in Cook and the collar counties of Chicago. He has tried several jury cases in Federal Court in the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois. His trials include wrongful death, Structural Work Act, premises liability, insurance coverage, automobile, commercial, including contract, shareholder’s and partnership disputes, and probate cases. He now concentrates his practice in commercial, probate, shareholder’s disputes and real estate litigation.

Mr. McCluskey is the President of the Illinois State Bar Association. Over the years, he has been the 18th Judicial Circuit Board of Governor for the Illinois State Bar Association. President, Treasurer, General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Chair of the Civil Practice, Tax and Professional Responsibility committees for the DuPage County Bar Association, and also the DuPage County Delegate to the American Bar Association in 2002. He was Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly Agenda & Program Committee, and a member of the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Council (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2007 and 2008). Currently, Mr. McCluskey serves as the liaison for the Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council, Judicial Evaluation Committee outside Cook County, and the Bankruptcy, Banking, and Commercial Section Council. Mr. McCluskey was honored as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” for his work in commercial and business litigation. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for the past 10 years. In 2005, the DuPage Bar Association awarded Mr. McCluskey the “Ralph Gabric Award” for Distinguished Leadership and Professionalism. In 2008, he received the DuPage Bar Association “Lawyer of the Year Award” for Distinguished Leadership and Meritorious Service. Mr. McCluskey is a member of the West Suburban Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Cook County and DuPage Justinian’s.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1979
  • Northern District of Illinois Federal Court, 1976
  • Central District of IL
  • 7th Circuit 


  • Northern Illinois University, 1979
    • J.D.
  • The John Marshall Law School, 1988 
    • LLM
  • Elmhurst College, 1976
    • B.S., Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • DuPage County Bar Association
    • President, Treasurer, General Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Chair of the Civil Practice, Tax and Professional Responsibility committees 
  • American Bar Association
    • DuPage County Delegate, 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
    • President, Present
    • Second Vice President, 2016-2017
    • Third Vice President, 2015-2016
    • Secretary, Elected 2013
    • Assembly Agenda & Program Committee Chair
    • ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Council, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2007 and 2008). 
    • Tort Law Section Council Liaison
    • Judicial Evaluation Committee Liaison 
    • Bankruptcy, Banking and Commercial Section Council Liaison
  • Kane County Bar Association
    • Member 
  • West Suburban Bar Association
    • Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member
  • Cook County and DuPage Justinian’s
    • Member
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
    • Chair of the Facilities and Technology Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Ralph Gabric Award for Distinguished Leadership and Professionalism, 2005.
  • DuPage Bar Association “Lawyer of the Year Award” for Distinguished Leadership and Meritorious Service, 2008. 
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Commercial and Business Litigation
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 10 years

Past Employment Positions

  • CNA Insurance, 1979-1981
    • In-House Counsel
  • Hubbard, Hubbard, O’Brien & Hall, 1986-1988, 
    • Associate
  • Wylie Wheaton & Associates
  • Clausen Miller, PC., 1988-1991

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