James A. Cook is an associate attorney at McKenna Storer with a focus on insurance defense, professional liability and commercial litigation. James is a driven litigator who has achieved successful results for his clients.

Prior to joining McKenna Storer, James practiced family law and served as a research staff attorney at the Illinois Appellate Court. At McKenna, James practices toxic tort litigation and assists with automotive accident cases. Additionally, he is involved in federal litigation of intellectual property issues, as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act. James also represented clients in personal injury, small claims, real property, claims for injunctive relief, and actions for fraud and breach of contract.

James lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, where he enjoys running along the lakefront, reading books and articles, and going to restaurants with friends. When not in Chicago, James can be found visiting his family in the northwest Chicago suburbs.

Other Distinctions:

  • Lead Articles Editor, John Marshal Law Review 2016, Member John Marshall Law Review 2015 and 2016
  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, March 2016, New York, New York
  • Awarded Donald B. Johnson Fellowship for Political Science


  • American Bar Association -- Sections on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, Administrative Law, and Young Lawyers Division
  • Illinois State Bar Association -- Sections on Administrative Law, Tort Law and Young Lawyers Division



Comment, When One Spouse Has It: Dementia and the Permissibility of Marital Sex Under Criminal Statute, 49-4 J. Marshall L. Rev.


The Political Domain Goes to Twitter: Hashtags, Retweets and URLs, Open Journal of Political Science


Foreign Country Judgments -- Litigation Defense

Successfully defeated an opposing party’s motion to dismiss by arguing the trial court should not recognize a judgment entered in a foreign country.

Harassment Order of Protection -- Employment Law, Workplace Harassment

Obtained 2-year workplace orders of protection for a corporate client harassed at its offices and on social media.

Commercial Real Estate -- Appellate Practice, Real Estate Law

Drafting of successful argument on appeal to uphold judgement denying an award on prejudgement interest on commercial lease.

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