James E. DeFranco

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fairview Heights, IL

DeFranco & Bradley
 | 141 Market PL, Suite 104
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Phone: 618-589-8769
Fax: 618-628-2007
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney James E. DeFranco is the president of DeFranco & Bradley, P.C., in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Mr. DeFranco devotes his practice to employment litigation, insurance coverage claims and personal injury law, litigating complex matters in Illinois and Missouri.

Mr. DeFranco obtained his law license in 1981 and has more than 35 years of litigation experience. Over the course of his career, he has tried hundreds of jury trials in state and federal court. His cases have involved construction liability, engineering malpractice, premises liability, property damage claims and wrongful discharge.

Outside of his practice, Mr. DeFranco writes articles on various litigation topics and is the author of two books. He is an active member of the legal community and belongs to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.

Mr. DeFranco is an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates and a former president of the organization’s St. Louis and southern Illinois chapter. He is also active in the national and international legal communities and belongs to the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Arson Investigators and the International Association of Special Investigation Units.

Mr. DeFranco received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Prior to entering private practice, he spent two years clerking for an Illinois Supreme Court judge.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%)

Insurance Coverage (40%)

Employment Litigation (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019

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About James DeFranco

Admitted: 1981, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://defrancolaw.com/james-defranco/


  • Recipient American Jurisprudence Awards in evidence and property law, Southern Illinois University
  • Holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Graduated with high honors, Magna Cum Laude, Southern Illinois Law School, 1981

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri, 1981

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, St Louis/Southern Illinois Chapter, 2016
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Missouri Bar, 1983
  • Illinois Bar, 1981

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Burden of Proof in Arson Cases, 11 IDC Quarterly 6 (2001)
  • The Penalty for Failing to Submit to an Examination Under Oath, 38 SIULJ 261 (Winter 2014)
  • Towards an Implied Warranty of Habitability in Sales of New and Used Homes in Illinois That is Consistent with the Underlying Reasons which Gave Rise to that Warranty, 4 Illinois Fund Concept 32 (1980)
  • A Comparison of the Non-Substantive Provisions of the UNCITRAL Convention on the International Sale of Goods and the Uniform Commercial Code, 23 Harvard International Law Journal 49 (1982)
  • Retaliatory Discharge: Its Applicability to Employees Protected by a Just Cause Provision, 72 Illinois Bar Journal (1984)
  • Modifications of the Employment at Will Doctrine: Balancing Judicial Development of the Common Law with the Legislative Prerogative to Determine Public Policy, 30 St. Louis U.L.J. 65 (1985)
  • Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations: The Viability of the Tort in the Employment Context in the Wake of Dake v. Tuell, 32 St. Louis Bar Journal, pg. 16 (1986)
  • The Trial Court’s Discretion to Exclude Evidence of Convictions for Crimes Involving False Statement in Civil Cases, 5 IDC Quarterly 36 (1995)
  • Privacy v. Honesty – The Necessity of Full Disclosure of Medical Records, 21 IDC Quarterly No. 2 at 45 (Second Quarter 2011)
  • Using Polygraph Results to Decide Good Faith Denial of Coverage Cases, 91 Illinois Bar Journal 26 (Jan. 2003)
  • Selecting the Story to Tell the Jury, Trials and Tribulations, DRI Trial Tactics Committee, Spring 2006, pg 1
  • The Insurance Angle, The Investigator, I.A.A.I. Illinois Chapter News, Fall 2006
  • Barth v. State Farm – Leveling the Playing Field, 18 IDC Quarterly No. 3 at 8 (Third Quarter, 2008)
  • Examinations Under Oath collects and analyzes the state and federal cases that address the issues arising from insurers demanding that their insureds submit to the procedure., Author, Examinations Under Oath, Norcom Publications, 2003
  • “Opening Statements, “Trial Tactics Defense Litigation Manual, (DRI 2006, Pages 255-263)


  • Tried over 85 jury trials to verdict, 1983

Educational Background:

  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1977

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Pharmacy
  • Retail
  • Steel
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Office Location for James E. DeFranco

141 Market PL
Suite 104
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Phone: 618-589-8769

Fax: 618-628-2007

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Last Updated: 12/14/2018

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