James L. Hafele

James L. Hafele

Peoria, Illinois
Of Counsel
phone 309-676-1381
fax 309-676-0324
jameshafele@ksswf.com

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Jim has been affiliated with the Kavanagh firm since 2004, providing sole representation to most of his clients as well as collaborating on various cases. Jim’s 47 years of experience affords expert counsel to the rest of our attorneys on numerous matters.

Born and raised in Peoria, Jim graduated from Woodruff High School in 1954. He served the next four years in the United States Navy Submarine Service, including a tour of duty in the Pacific. Following his military service, Jim graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign, in 1962 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Illinois College Of Law in 1964.

In 1965, Jim opened his first law office in Peoria. In the decades to follow, he was a leading partner in several firms, including Hafele & McDade. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois courts, as well as area Federal and Appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jim has served as Secretary of the Peoria County Bar Association and President of the Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Haute, a Peoria-based nonprofit group dedicated to developing entrepreneurship in African nations. Haute was founded by Ben Hafele, Jim’s son and a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

Jim lives off Koerner Road near the City of Peoria, where he enjoys family time with two grandsons. A past member of the Peoria Ski Club, Jim frequents the Colorado mountains each winter.

Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Family Law
Plaintiff's Injury Cases
Criminal Defense
Construction Law and Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 1964
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court, 1966

Education:

University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
LL.B.
Honors: With Honors
Law Journal: University of Illinois Law Forum, 1962 - 1964


University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA
B.A.
Honors: With Honors
Major:  Political Science


Professional Associations and Memberships:

Peoria County Bar Association, 1965 - Present
Secretary, 1983-1986


Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present

 

Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court, 1988 - Present
President, 1993-1994


Past Employment Positions:

United States Navy, 1954 - 1958

 

Champaign County, Illinois, Assistant State's Attorney, 1964 - Present


Tazewell County, Illinois, Assistant State's Attorney, 1964 - 1965

 

Several Peoria Firms, Leading Partner, 1967 - 2006