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   3James A. BorlandSpringfield(217) 753-1133jborland@quinnjohnston.comjborland@quinnjohnston.comQuinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulowww.quinnjohnston.comwww.quinnjohnston.comborlandjames.jpgPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawPersonal Injury Defense including:Auto and Transportation, Construction Accident Litigation,Premises Liability Defense, and Product Liability.Municipal Law
James A. Borlandjborland@quinnjohnston.com
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulohttp://www.quinnjohnston.com
400 S 9th St Ste 102
Springfield IL 62701
Ph.(217) 753-1133 Fx.(217) 753-1180
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Defense Law: General    Personal Injury Defense including:
Products Liability Defense Law    Auto and Transportation, Construction Accident Litigation,
    Premises Liability Defense, and Product Liability.
    Municipal Law
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Jim has more than 20 years of experience practicing in Illinois state courts and U.S. federal courts. His practice is large in scope concerning many types of civil lawsuit defense. He began his practice with Quinn, Johnston, Henderson and Pretorius in 1991, immediately following his graduation from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Three years into his career, Jim relocated to Springfield, Illinois in light of the firm’s need for expansion into Springfield and downstate Illinois. He helped open the firm’s office there and has remained there ever since. Jim takes great pride in Quinn Johnston’s successful expansion into Springfield, where the practice has grown from handling workers’ compensation matters and a few subrogation cases to a large docket of cases and staffing including three partners.

During the last 20 years, the Springfield office has continued to grow and offers an opportunity for clients to utilize a familiar name in cases located in central and southern Illinois. Jim’s practice area ranges from Quincy in the west to Danville in the east and Bloomington in the north to Marion in the south.

Jim currently defends municipal liability tort claims, product liability cases, premises liability lawsuits and automobile liability claims. Although he has been involved in the trial of numerous cases in Illinois and in federal courts, his more recent experience concerns the mediation of files during the last few years; his focus is on achieving the most efficient result so that the trial expenses need not unnecessarily be undertaken. Toward this end, he often frames his cases for summary judgment, which he has received in more than 20 cases.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Defending a local hardware store that sold a gel pot that severely burned a minor’s face. At mediation, a settlement was reached which did not require any input from Jim’s client.

Receiving summary judgment from a three-person panel arbitration board, which ultimately awarded a commercial premise’s owner more than $3 million due to water damage; Jim’s client, the roofer, paid nothing.

Employing the “admission of negligent act” on three occasions which resulted in verdicts for the plaintiffs but resulting damage awards of zero dollars for the plaintiffs.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1991
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Year of Birth:  1966

Law School:  Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Phi Delta Phi

Undergraduate School:  Quincy College, 1988
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  summa cum laude, Phi Alpha Theta

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
Sangamon County Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2015-present


Firm Description:  
Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, with offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, provides dedicated, experienced counsel and litigation for individual and corporate clients. Its mission is to provide quality counsel and aggressive representation to clients in an ethical and civil manner. The firm solves legal issues when they arise, and helps its clients avoid situations that may become problems. The firm provides a wide breadth of defense and litigation services with particular emphasis on healthcare law, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, products liability, and personal injury, as well as commercial litigation and business law.

Handling business and commercial matters, insurance law, and litigation defense matters ranging from personal injury to civil rights defense, our lawyers take special pride in their ability to meet clients' needs, resolve issues, and work for the best possible outcome.


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