James L. Hafele
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:
Plaintiff's Injury Cases
Construction Law and Litigation
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court, 1966
University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
Honors: With Honors
Law Journal: University of Illinois Law Forum, 1962 - 1964
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA
Honors: With Honors
Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Peoria County Bar Association, 1965 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, 1965 - Present
Abraham Lincoln Inns of Court, 1988 - Present
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