James R. Mata

Senior Counsel
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Overview

James has an intimate understanding of his clients industry. He is a licensed architect and former project manager for HVAC trades on Chicago skyscraper projects. He brings this experience to all his cases and understands the technical issues of construction disputes.

As a member of the firm’s Construction Service Group, James represents general contractors and trade subcontractors. He has also represented architects, engineers, owners, equipment suppliers, sureties and material suppliers on breach of contract actions, mechanics lien claims, business fraud matters, and torts.

James takes a sincere interest in his clients cases, doing his best to ensure they are resolved in an efficient and effective way. He once took over the defense of a case that had active litigation for more than 5 years. He settled the case obtaining relief for his client to continue doing business and resolving the matter in two court calls within 90 days of obtaining the file.

James is also fluent in Spanish.

Membership & Involvement

Member: Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association 

Resources & Insights

Published Works

  • Illinois Construction Law Manual, Illinois Practice Series, Co-Author, Selected Statutes Chapter, 2010 - 2022
    Thomson Reuters

Services

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, B.Arch

Admissions

  • Illinois

Languages

  • Spanish
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