James J. Banks


James J. Banks combines a distinguished legal career with a solid business background.  He joined the Law Offices of Samuel V. P. Banks in 1988 and established his practice in Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning Law. He has successfully built the firm into a leader in these areas, successfully managing some of the most complex legal issues.

Mr. Banks’ clients range from large real estate developers to the family business owner. He has significant experience representing clients before the Chicago City Council, City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), City of Chicago Plan Commission and numerous governmental bodies.

Mr. Banks serves on a number of boards, including as a Director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. He is a founder of Belmont Bank & Trust in Chicago and currently serves as its Chairman.



  • Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1988


  • Loyola University of Chicago College of Law, J.D. 1988
  • Loyola University, B.A., 1985
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