James B. Hardy
Jim was born in Chicago and currently lives in the city with his wife, Joey Christine, and their two sons, James and Brooks. Jim graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Prior to attending Law School at Valparaiso University, he spent several years as an Aide to United States Congressman William O. Lipinski, one of organized labor’s strongest supporters in Congress. Born into a Union family, Jim has always had a deep respect for working men and women that continues to this day. His father is a retired Chicago Firefighter who helped organize the historic 23 day long Chicago Firefighters’ strike in 1980. Jim’s mother and two sisters are teachers who also remain active in their respective unions.
Jim has spent his entire legal career helping injured workers and their families. He has argued vigorously on behalf of his clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Cook County Circuit Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court.
Jim is an active member in the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and is slated to become President in 2019. In addition, Jim is honored to have served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois chapter of Kid’s Chance of America, since its inception in 2014. Kid’s Chance is a national organization that provides college scholarships for the children of workers that were seriously or fatally injured on the job. Jim is proud to manage the Workers’ Compensation Division at Taxman, Pollack, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC.
Some of Jim’s noteworthy Workers’ Compensation results include:
Areas Of Practice
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL