James R. Garrison


James R. Garrison is a partner with over thirty-five years experience in all aspects of civil defense litigation. He has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Illinois and Missouri. He has successfully argued numerous appeals and has arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases. He has served as an arbitrator for the St. Clair County, Illinois Mandatory Arbitration System since its inception. He is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars and has taught business law at the university level.


Mt. Vernon Illinois Township Highschool - Valedictorian - 1973


University of Illinois - B.S. Business Administration - 1978

University of Illinois - M.B.A. - 1982

Univerisity of Illinois College of Law - J.D. - 1982


Illinois  - 1982
Missouri - 1984
United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois – 1983
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri – 1991
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois - 2019

Practice Areas:

Civil Defense

General Tort Litigation

Insurance Defense

Railroad Litigation

Insurance coverage

Commercial Litigation


St. Clair County Illinois Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

The Missouri Bar


Mr. Garrison has served on the School Board of Wolfbranch Elementary School in Swansea, Illinois and lead an Explorer Post for youth interested in seeking legal careers.