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   3James D. CottrellChampaign(217) 693-4905jdc4@live.comjdc4@live.comJames D. Cottrell Law Office PCwww.jdcottrell.comwww.jdcottrell.comcottrelljames.jpgAgriculture LawLand Use, Zoning & Condemnation LawReal Estate Law: Commercial
James D. Cottrelljdc4@live.com
James D. Cottrell Law Office PChttp://www.jdcottrell.com
505 W University Ave Ste 215
Champaign IL 61820
Ph.(217) 693-4905 Fx.(217) 693-4931
Recommended by peers in:
Agriculture Law
Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law
Real Estate Law: Commercial
County:  Champaign
Practice Description:  
An expert in agriculture and land use law, Mr. Cottrell was asked to serve on the Task Force of the Illinois Farm Bureau, along with its Ad Hoc Committee for Law Reform and the bureau's Legislative Committee. He has published numerous articles examining the ways in which different environmental laws have affected land use. In addition to agriculture and land use, his practice focuses on the related areas of condemnation, commercial real estate, and environmental law. He also helps landowners and governments alike cope with local municipal law, and he assists in the planning of estates and tax structures. He furthermore performs litigation for civil matters concerning property use and provides counsel to corporations on the proper handling of land and other assets. Active in the Illinois State and Champaign County Bar Associations, he has been practicing law since 1983.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1983
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1986
U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


Date of Birth:  1955

Law School:  Drake University, J.D., 1982

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.S., finance, 1979

Employment History:  
James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. 2013-present
Tepper, Mann & Cottrell, 2008-2013, partner
Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy & Perlstein, 1990-2008
Phebus, Tummelson, Bryon & Knox, 1983-1990


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois Farm Bureau, Task Force, 1997-1998
Illinois Farm Bureau, Ad Hoc Committee for Law Reform, 1993-1996
Illinois Farm Bureau, Legislative Committee, 1992-1994
Champaign County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Agricultural Law Council, 1998-1999
Local Government Law Council, 1994-1995


Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Commentary On Recent Issues Concerning Illinois Drainage Districts," Local Government Law, Illinois State Bar Association, April 1995
  • Drainage Task Force Report, (contributor), Illinois Farm Bureau, 1998
  • "The Clean Water Act And The Tullock Rule," Agricultural Law, Illinois State Bar Association, April 1999
  • "A Survey of Federal Conservation Programs," Agricultural Law, Illinois State Bar Association, November 1999
  • "Protection of USDA Benefits," Agricultural Law, Illinois State Bar Association, November 1999
  • "Mutual Drains: Rights and Responsibilities," Agricultural Law, Illinois State Bar Association, November 1999
  • "Merchandising Claimants Entitled to 85% of Claim Upon Liquidation of Elevator Assets," Agricultural Law, Illinois State Bar Association, August 2000
  • Environmental Law chapter, Illinois Law and Agribusiness, 2001; Supplement, 2005; IICLE Publication
  • Drainage and Water Rights chapter, Illinois Law and Agribusiness, 2001; Supplement, 2005; IICLE Publication
  • Drainage and Riparian Rights chapter, Causes of Action: Estates, Business and Non-Personal Injury Actions, 2002; Supplement 2005, IICLE Publication


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