JAMES R. MENDILLO was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 21, 1945. He graduated from the University of New Haven in 1969, and graduated from Washington University Law School in 1972. He was a note editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. He then clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit under Chief Judge, Marion Mathis and William Webster from 1972-1974.
He was licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri in 1972 and in Illinois in 1974. After his clerkship, he joined this law firm, which shortly thereafter became known as Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo.
His experience includes the preparation and trial of the following types of cases: automobile; employment discrimination; construction accidents; insurance and bad faith; products liability; railroad grade crossings; Fair Credit Reporting Act; legal, dental, and medical malpractice; federal tort claims; and domestic relations.
He is a past President of the St. Clair County Bar Association. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the St. Clair County and Illinois State Bar Associations; the Missouri Bar Association; the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association and the American Association for Justice.. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. His representation includes both plaintiff and defendant. He is a listed mediator with U.S.A.&M. and Mediation services, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jim is also a commissioner of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.