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State Rep. Jim Durkin joins Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office

Arnstein & Lehr attorney James Durkin

James B. Durkin

Arnstein & Lehr LLP is pleased to announce that State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) has joined our Chicago office as a partner in the Governmental & Municipal Affairs practice group. Prior to joining Arnstein & Lehr, Mr. Durkin was senior counsel at Ice Miller LLP.

Since 2006, Mr. Durkin has served the 82nd District as a state representative in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he currently serves as the Assistant Minority Leader. He also served the 44th District in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995-2003 until he became the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

“Serving in the Illinois House of Representatives, Jim has a deep understanding of the legislative and regulatory environments facing our clients,” said Raymond Werner, Managing Partner of Arnstein & Lehr. “His reputation, client relationships and wide-ranging experience in public policy make him an invaluable addition to the firm. We welcome him to the team.”

“It’s a pleasure to join a law firm with such a storied Chicago heritage and presence,” said Mr. Durkin. “I am excited for the opportunity to help grow and diversify Arnstein & Lehr’s already strong governmental and municipal affairs practice.”

Mr. Durkin has extensive experience assisting public and private entities by conducting and coordinating internal investigations and problem solving through regulatory and legislative remedies. In addition, he counsels private and governmental entities on public finance issues.

He previously served as an assistant Illinois attorney general and as an assistant Cook County states attorney. Mr. Durkin was also the Illinois co-chair for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2000 and 2008.

Mr. Durkin received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University in 1984 and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1989. He currently serves on the board of trustees of The John Marshall Law School. He is also an executive committee member of the Illinois Republican Party (2009-present).