James C. Brandenburg

James Brandenburg practices out of the Chicago office of Brandenburg-Rees & Rees.  He focuses his practice on nursing home negligence, medical negligence and personal injury claims throughout the State of Illinois.  He also enjoys helping individuals in family law cases in Cook County, Illinois.

James has been designated “lead counsel” in numerous trials involving nursing home negligence claims, motor vehicle accidents, and premises liability claims.  James has also been involved in numerous appeals and has appeared for oral argument before the Appellate Courts of the Fourth and Fifth Districts of Illinois.

In his family law practice, James has been successful in obtaining multiple Court Orders requiring that parenting time of the opposing party be supervised when the other parent posed a risk to the emotional well-being of the parties’ child.  He has also dealt with complex marital estates involving substantial assets and non-traditional income sources such as exercise of stock options.

James received his Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in 2001 and his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008.  While in law school, he was a member of the Dean’s list.

James has the distinction of being selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the years 2016 and 2017. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Illinois receive this honor.

James resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Amy and two daughters, Taylor and Ava.  Outside of the office, James enjoys golf, traveling, and watching his daughters participate in sports and other activities.

During his career, James has obtained millions of dollars in awards and settlements on behalf of his clients, including the following representative cases:

  • Obtained a confidential settlement against a physician whose patient died as a result of the physician’s negligent care and treatment.
  • Obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a fall requiring a laminectomy and facetectomy of the cervical spine and a lumbar fusion.  Ultimately, the client required placement of a permanent spinal stimulator.
  • Obtained a confidential settlement against a nursing home on behalf of a client who suffered renal failure as a result of the nursing home’s negligent care.



  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois