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Laraia & Whitty, P.C.

James J. Laraia

James J. Laraia
Emerging Lawyers

James J. Laraia is an energetic, well-rounded attorney with knowledge and experience in family law, civil, and criminal matters. He routinely practices in DuPage, Kane, Will, DeKalb, and Kendall counties. After obtaining his B.A. from Illinois Benedictine College in 1997, Mr. Laraia went on to earn his Juris Doctor Degree from Northern Illinois University in 2001. He served as an Assistant State's Attorney and then went into private practice in 2003.

Mr. Laraia focuses his practice in family law and civil litigation and has experience handling matrimonial law, child custody and child support issues, post-decree petitions, adoptions, and parentage cases. He also handles complex civil matters in the areas of consumer fraud defense, contract litigation, estate litigation, replevin, breach of promise to marry, orders of protection, business law, and drafting simple wills and children's trusts.

Legal Employment:

  • Private Practice from 2003 to present - Laraia & Whitty, P.C., being named Partner in 2009
  • Assistant State's Attorney, DuPage County, Wheaton, Illinois, 2002-2003 - Criminal Prosecutor, Traffic and Misdemeanor Division
  • Citizens for Joe Birkett, 2001-2002, Campaign Office Manager – Joe Birkett Campaign for Attorney General
  • Law Clerk - DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Wheaton, Illinois, 2000-2001

Education and Achievements:

  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois, 2001.
  • Admitted to Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008.

Acknowledgements and Honors:

  • DCBA Board of Directors Award, 2018-2019
  • Leading Lawyer, Peer Selected

Memberships and Participation in Professional Organizations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Assembly Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Associate General Counsel, 2019-2020
    • Past President
    • Former 2nd Vice President
    • Assistant Treasurer, 2008-2010
    • Entertainment Committee, Chairman and past Vice Chairman
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • DuPage County Justinian Society of Lawyers, Past President, Comptroller, and Member
  • DuPage County Judiciary Committee, Board Member
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law Justinian Society, Past Vice-President and founding member
  • DuPage County Inns of Court, Chair and Member
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