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Illinois Municipal Defense Litigation Lawyers

At The Sotos Law Firm, we expertly represent public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. With more than 60 years of experience defending Illinois government entities, public officials and police officers, we have developed a solid reputation as the go-to law firm for municipalities and government officials who have been accused of violating the law. By relying on the latest in computer technologies, while maintaining manageable overhead and emphasizing efficiency, we are known for providing the highest quality litigation services commensurate with large Chicago law firms at far more competitive rates.

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Our law firm, led by James Sotos, who enjoys an AV Preeminent rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, handles a wide array of litigation matters and internal investigations with a particular emphasis on civil rights issues such as police misconduct and employment discrimination. We offer comprehensive legal services from meticulous pre-suit investigations and discovery to preparing and presenting the most aggressive and thorough defense strategies available.

Having successfully tried a vast number of trial and appellate cases, including work on several cases in the United States Supreme Court, the attorneys at The Sotos Law Firm have done more to expand the protections from liability enjoyed by police officers and prosecutors than most any other firm in the state. Our track record of success makes us a proven leader in the field of defending local governments, municipalities and public officials.

Whether your case is high profile or under the radar of the court of public opinion, you will receive the most aggressive defense available. Though much of our success has been chronicled in high-profile cases involving public officials, we have also successfully defended many private sector clients in state and federal litigation as well. We are dedicated to providing Illinois public officials, and public and private sector companies the best defense available.

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Contact The Sotos Law Firm for a no-obligation, confidential consultation with one of our experienced litigation lawyers.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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The firm is led by James Sotos, who possesses over twenty-five years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim has distinguished himself as one of a handful of attorneys who has argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has achieved an enviable rate of success in the arena of Illinois governmental litigation. Jim enjoys Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell's preeminent AV peer review rating and has been recognized both as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by "Law and Politics" and the publishers of Chicago Magazine and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Jim also lectures and publishes frequently on government liability and ethics and writes the weekly column "In Federal Courts" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Jeffrey N. Given

Jeff began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago where he engaged in commercial and constitutional litigation. Jeff left Kirkland to establish a successful entrepreneurial business before returning to the practice of law at the City of Chicago Law Department. Jeff served seven of his ten years at the Law Department as the Chief Assistant responsible for managing all aspects of the City's representation in litigation alleging misconduct by the Chicago Police Department. Jeff graduated cum laude from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. During law school, Jeff was selected for law review and was awarded the ABA Annual Award for best performances in Land Use and Local Government law courses. Jeff graduated cum laude with distinction in major from Carleton College in 1978 where he earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies.

Caroline Jamieson Golden

Before joining The Sotos Law Firm, Carrie was a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she worked in the commercial litigation department for seven years. She also brings with her valuable experience from internships at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Carrie graduated from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. While in law school, Carrie earned the prestigious position of DePaul Law Review Editor. Carrie's academic excellence in law school earned her membership in the Order of the Coif. She also received American Jurisprudence awards in Procedure and Evidence. Carrie graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Finance.


John has been representing the interests of law enforcement since 1994, when he started as a law clerk with the Office of the Legal Advisor for the Boston Police Department. John is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, after having been accepted as a third year visiting student by Chicago-Kent College of Law. After graduation, John worked with Russell Hartigan & Associates in Chicago where he engaged in municipal, civil rights, and insurance defense, having successfully tried several cases to verdict. After working with two other attorneys from Hartigan & Associates for a short time in a start up firm, John joined Jim Sotos in 2000. John has been a regular presenter on liability risk issues for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2009, and recently lectured on the topic of recent trends in qualified immunity at the Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo held in Peoria, Illinois in August, 2011. John is also a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.

James Sotos argues a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.