James Siebert is “Of Counsel” at the Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys of Illinois, LLC and the Strohschein Law Group. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law and licensed since 1981, James began his career as a litigator with the Cook County Public Defender and Attorney General’s office. He opened his own practice in 1985, the Law Office of James C. Siebert & Associates, P.C., where his practice was focused in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning until 2022. On July 1, 2022, James joined the Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys of Illinois, LLC and the Strohschein Law Group as “Of Counsel”. James is Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), he is one of less than 20 attorneys holding that distinction in the State of Illinois. In addition, he is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been designated both a Leading Lawyer (limited to the top five percent of lawyers licensed to practice in the State) and a Super Lawyer (a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement), and has held numerous leadership posts in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys during his long membership in that organization. James has been the recipient of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Chapter Member of the Year Award and the Ronald Runkle Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Illinois Chapter. James and his wife have three adult sons; Jason, an emergency room physician; Jake, a MD/PhD student, and Kyle, who followed in his father’s footsteps and practices law downtown. James and his sons were active with the Boy Scouts of America, where each of his sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. As a Scout leader, James and his sons participated in numerous high adventure trips including hiking across the glaciers and ice fields of Iceland, scuba diving in the Exhumas, sailing down the Florida Keys, multiple 100 plus mile hikes through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rafting the Royal Gorge and the Numbers of the Arkansas river, canoeing the Boundary Waters, kayaking Lake Superior between the Apostle Islands and hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail. James and his wife recently moved to a condominium in Chicago, and in his free time James enjoys traveling, yoga, downhill skiing, scuba diving, tennis, pickleball and golf.