James D. Green



For over 30 years, James D. Green has successfully handled complex civil litigation throughout central Illinois, including trials and appeals.

Jim, a fourth-generation lawyer, is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer.

Jim represents many businesses and individuals through their insurance company. His practice areas include: personal injury, premises liability, breach of contract, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, insurance coverage, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, will contests, trust litigation, municipal law and real estate.  In addition to handling jury and bench trials, Jim has prevailed on numerous dispositive motions prior to trial so that his client can avoid the time, expense and aggravation of further litigation.

Extensive appellate experience:

  • I-57 and Curtis, LLC v. Urbana & Champaign Sanitary Dist., 2020 IL App (4th) 190850 (municipal law)

  • Smicker, 2018 IL App (4th) 180153-U (property law) (argued)

  • Johnson, 2018 IL App (4th) 170679-U (tort law) (argued)

  • Miller, 2018 IL App (4th) 170337-U (civil procedure)

  • Eldridge v. ProEmp, Inc., 2015 IL App (4th) 140457-U (contract law/negligence) (argued)

  • GEA Group AG v. Flex-N-Gate Corp., 740 F.3d 411 (7th 2014) (local counsel) (Arbitration waiver)

  • Miller v. Philo Township, 04-13-0648 (4th 2013) (negligence) (argued)

  • Khan v. Deutsche Bank AG, 978 N.E.2d 1020 (2012) (local counsel) (fiduciary duty/statute of limitation)

  • Icenogle v. McClure, 4-09-0942 (4th 2010) (trust/will contest) (argued)

  • Khan v. BDO Seidman, LLP, 404 Ill.App.3d 892 (4th 2010) (local counsel) (fiduciary duty/arbitration clause unenforceable)

  • Heyde v. Pittenger, 633 F.3d 512 (7th 2010) (non-ripe civil rights action) (argued)

  • Estate of Hoch v. Hoch, 382 Ill.App.3d 866 (4th 2008) (estate venue) (argued)

  • Cook v. Health Alliance Medical Plans, 4-06-0799 (4th 2008) (contract law)

  • In Re: The Estate of Dan Williams Beckwith, 04-07-0059 (4th 2007) (Trust Administration) (argued)

  • Travis v. Standifer, 4-06-0721 (4th 2006) (police officer/qualified immunity) (argued)

  • Wiltermood v. Wilhelm, 4-02-0482 (4th 2002) (tort law)

  • Nesbitt v. Leonard, 4-02-0167 (4th 2002) (civil procedure) (argued)

  • Monroe v. Osinga, 4-99-0942 (4th 2001) (confirm Arbitration order)

  • In re Modern Dairy of Champaign, Inc., 171 F.3d 1106 (7th 1999) (contract law)

  • S. v. Gilbert, 45 F.3d 1163 (7th Cir. 1995) (argued)

  • Smith v. Holmes, 239 Ill.App.3d 184 (5th 1992) (tort law).

Significant volunteer work:

  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2012-2020 (Vice Chair 2020)

  • Board of Directors, Clark-Lindsey Village retirement community, 2012-2021

  • President, Robeson Meadows Homeowner’s Association, 2010-2011.

Government service:

  • Champaign City Council member, 1999-2005

  • Champaign Plan Commission, 1997-1999.

Educational background:

  • J.D.  St. Louis University, 1989

  • B.S.  Illinois Wesleyan University, 1983 (business administration).


Jim is married to Bianca Green, general counsel of the State Universities Retirement System. Jim and Bianca have two daughters in college.