Trial Attorneys With A Record Of Multimillion-Dollar Wins


James A. Karamanis

  • Founder/Partner

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Practice Areas

  • Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Injuries
  • Wrongful Birth
Rated By Super Lawyers | James A. Karamanis | 5 Years
America's Top 100 | High Stakes Litigators | Top 100 | 2020 | Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers In Evanston | 2021
Chicago | Top Attorneys | Selected By Peer Recognition & Professional Achievement | 2021


James Karamanis is the founder of Barney & Karamanis, LLP, which concentrates its practice in helping victims of medical malpractice, other personal injuries, trade secret violations, contract disputes and other complex business disputes.  James prides himself in his responsiveness to clients needs and inquiries, recognizing the importance for clients to be informed at every stage of their case.  One of James’ most notable cases in the breach of contract area was a confidential settlement agreement that was reached where the defendant’s damage estimate ranged from approximately $150 million to $450 million, and the case was settled for an amount approximately equal to the accrual that the defendant had established for the case.

In addition to  several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements achieved in the areas of medical negligence, business disputes and other personal injury cases, James also obtained a verdict in what is believed to be the only Plaintiff’s verdict in the State of Illinois for a wrongful birth case, in the amount of $530,000.  The suit was brought against an obstetrician/gynecologist and local clinic for failing to inform a 35-year-old pregnant mother of the risks of having an abnormal child over the age of 35, and failing to offer her amniocentesis testing. The clinic’s physician also mistakenly assessed gestational age at 23 weeks when the age of the fetus was, in actuality, 16 weeks.

For the past two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, James has been selected by his peers and named by Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Chicago.  Additionally, he has been rated as a Super Lawyer, which recognizes outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Super Lawyers is an independent rating service basing its selection process on peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Most recently, James serves as lead counsel on behalf of the Chicago JRW Little League players who were unceremoniously stripped of their title by Little League Baseball in the case of Butler et al. vs. Little League et al., Cook County Ct. No. 2018-L-000178.  His press conference can be seen on YouTube at the following link:   James prides himself in representing the underdog against major corporations in the classic spirit of David versus Goliath.

James was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and made his way to the East Coast before coming to Illinois to practice law. His motivation stems from the people he helps. In James’s mind, nothing beats a David and Goliath story. He speaks fluent Greek, which makes him a valuable asset in today’s diverse communities.


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1986
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. - 1988
    • Major: International Legal Studies
  • University of Wisconsin
    • B.S. - 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1987
  • Illinois, 1990
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association


  • Top Attorneys in Chicago, Chicago Magazine
  • Super Lawyer

Representative Cases

  • Butler et al. vs. Little League et al., Cook County Ct. No. 2018-L-000178


  • Greek