Attorney James C. Siebert Details
James C. Siebert received his Juris Doctorate at De Paul University Law School in 1981. In the same year, James was admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois.
James received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. Prior to going into private practice, James worked as a trial attorney; specifically, he was a Cook County Assistant Public Defender. James also worked as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General assigned to the Environmental Law Division. As the Assistant Illinois Attorney General, James represented the People of the State of Illinois and State of Illinois agencies. James worked with both administrative and appellate court proceedings.
Family and Background
James is a long-time resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois, where he lives with his wife. He is the proud father of three sons. James has been and continues to be active in many volunteer community activities.
James acted as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America Troop 140 out of Buffalo Grove, where each of his three sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He participated and led many of the Troop’s high adventure outings including hiking Iceland, hiking the Appalachian trail, hiking at Philmont in the mountains of New Mexico, canoeing in the boundary waters, sailing the Florida Keys and scuba diving in the Exumas.
James also was active as a team manager and a coach for his sons’ baseball teams as part of the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association. He was both a board member and President of the Board of Trustees at his church. James continues to regularly participate in various charitable fundraising events and works at a soup kitchen in Waukegan.
Jason, James’ oldest son, is an MD/PhD student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This is a National Institute of Health supported Medical Scientist Training Program to train physician-scientists who can care for patients and conduct state-of-the-art research. Recently, Jason successfully completed his dissertation defense, earning his PhD. I was surprised at size of crowd at the public presentation prior to the formal private defense, to hear ” Requirement of ASAP-Carma1 Signaling Axis in NK cell-mediated Effector Functions”. Very proud though I understood very little of it. Jason has several papers already submitted toward publication with several more in the near future. Jason begins his third year of medical school in the July of 2019.
The second-oldest son, Kyle, is about to begin his second year at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. While attending Michigan State University as an undergraduate, Kyle became member of the Honors College and received his Bachelor of Science in Physics. Kyle also completed accompanying minors in Spanish, Advanced Mathematics and Computer Science.While at Michigan State, Kyle was a Professorial Assistant and Research Assistant to the Director of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams Experimental Systems Division in the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
The youngest son, Jake, is an MD/PhD student at Rutgers Princeton Robert Wood Johnson Medical School . Jake graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Jake worked with Department of Biomedical Engineering Head Professor Tranquillo on cardiovascular tissue engineering projects for heart valves and heart patches to improve organ viability.
James is active in the Elder Law legal community. He is currently the President of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. While serving as the President, James is a member of the Illinois Chapter’s Legislative Committee and on a national level, a member of the national organization’s State Advocacy Committee and the Chapter Presidents’ Committee.
James previously served as the President-Elect and Secretary of the Illinois Chapter, Co-Chairman of the Litigation Committee and as a member of the Special Appeal Rule Change Subcommittee. As a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Mr. Siebert is also a member of the National Elder Law Foundation.
Mr. Siebert has contributed to and served on the board of directors of several charitable organizations. James has been quoted in media outlets on Elder Law matters and is a frequent lecturer and discussion leader on the topic of Elder Law, advising and educating other attorneys and community organizations and the public at large.