James C. Harman

James C. Harman

It’s clear when you meet him that Jim Harman is driven by a passion for helping people.

Jim joined CHH in 1988 and has been a partner of the firm since 1990, specializing in medical malpractice litigation. Jim’s record is outstanding, having won numerous multi-million dollar awards.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Jim was a staff attorney for the United States Treasury Department and Special Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, Illinois.

Before Jim became an attorney, he was a licensed respiratory therapist and worked for eight years with patients in several Chicagoland hospitals. This combined experience allows Jim to truly understand and evaluate cases from both a legal and a medical perspective. And its why he takes each case personally.

Never wanting anybody to feel just like a case number, Jim insists that he and everyone at CHH give their clients personal attention.

Jim is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.

Born in Evergreen Park, Jim now resides in Downers Grove.

He’s not just an avid baseball fan, but still plays center field in a Chicago Men’s Senior Baseball League.

James Harman on The Importance of Medical Insights

The most rewarding part of my job is shepherding someone through the entire legal process...and then seeing closure for them.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1998
  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1998


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1987
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Southern Illinois University
    • B.S. – 1980
  • Northwestern University
    • C.R.T. – 1982

Honors and Awards

  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – 10 Best Attorneys, 2016 (Illinois)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Treasury Department, Staff Attorney
  • Chicago, Illinois, Special Assistant United States Attorney

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At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we represent Illinois clients in Chicago and throughout Cook County, including the cities of Cicero, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Park, Maywood, Berwyn, Elmhurst, Evanston, Skokie, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Palatine and Hoffman Estates. We also help clients in DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County and Winnebago County. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Illinois, CHH Law is the law firm with attorneys that can help.

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