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James Kottaras

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161 N Clark St #1700
Chicago, Illinois 60601

During law school, Mr Kottaras received valuable training working as an intern for two civil court Judges. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Kottaras began working with a local law firm, where he honed his litigation skills, mostly representing real estate developers and personal injury clients. Having become dissatisfied with the personal injury side of the firm’s practice, he decided to leave and open his own firm. Our Law Office first opened its doors in the Chicago-Loop (near Madison & LaSalle St.) in 1993, and has been in continuous operation ever since. In 1997, Mr. Kottaras became the general counsel for a local real estate developer and owner of several Chicago-Loop office/commercial buildings, where he further honed his skills in real estate leasing, litigation and transactional law. After the developer retired, Mr. Kottaras became a fully-independent practitioner. Since then, he has been providing clients with the most competent and insightful legal representation in eviction cases, real estate leasing and transactions and real estate-related litigation. Mr. Kottaras is also a licensed Managing Real Estate Broker and Title Agent for Chicago Title Insurance (CTI) and Professional National Title Insurance (PNTN) and has represented sellers and buyers in numerous closings in Chicago and throughout suburban Cook County, Illinois.

Qualifications And Employment History
  • 1986 B.A., Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
  • 1988 Law Clerk, Judge James Danikolas (Gary, IN)
  • 1989 Law Clerk, Judge James Krajewski (Crown Point, IN)
  • 1989 Juris Doctor, Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)
  • 1990 Admitted To Illinois State Bar
  • 1990 Admitted To Us District Court, Northern District Of IL BAR
  • 1989-93 Associate Attorney, Schlyer & Assoc, PC (Lemont, IL)
  • 1993 Established Law Office Of James Kottaras, PC
  • 1997 Licensed Real Estate Broker (IL & IN)
Past & Present Memberships And Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Lawyer Referral Service

American Association Of Retired Persons (AARP) Legal Services Network, Participating Attorney
Participating Attorney

Seak (Physician's Group) Lawyer Referral Service

Title Agent For Professional National Title Network (PNTN)

Title Agent For Chicago Title Insurance Company

President & CEO Of Agent Realty, Inc.

Client Reviews
Very knowledge and was a true expert when it came to handling the sale of real-estate. Prompt, easily accessible, and very much an expert in the field. Highly recommend to all those in the Chicagoland area. D.C.
James was involved in my first ever real estate purchase. He was very helpful in walking me through the several steps, and he was ready to accommodate my needs, including negotiating extensions and credits. I recommend James Kottaras without a doubt. A.G.S.
Jim was a pleasure to work with. He handled both the sale of my condo and the purchase of my house. He is extremely organized and very responsive. I would recommend him to any of my friends or family who need an attorney on the buy or sell side. J.S.
I hired James to assist me with a private sale of a condo and he was patient and helpful throughout the much more complicated than I expected negotiations. He was professional, patient, prompt and accessible. A.S.