James Geocaris, Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, attended Luther North High School and graduated with honors from Loyola University of Chicago. Following law school at John Marshall in Chicago, Jim began his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Appellate Division, writing Appellate Briefs and representing the State of Illinois in criminal cases before the Illinois Appellate Court. He then served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in various City of Chicago criminal courts and in the 4th District of Cook County in Maywood, Illinois. During his time as a State’s Attorney, Jim regularly performed criminal jury trials, gaining valuable experience as a trial lawyer and public servant. Entering private practice in 1993, Jim concentrated in criminal and traffic defense, personal injury, family law, real estate and municipal law. From 1993 until 1997, he performed over one hundred bench trials and five jury trials.
He returned to prosecution work in 1997 with the United States Virgin Islands Department of Justice. While serving there, he tried by jury as lead counsel twenty-seven felony criminal cases, seven of which were capital cases. He eventually supervised the island of St. Croix’s prosecutions of felony and misdemeanor crimes, where under his leadership, the U.S.V.I. Department of Justice for the first time devised and implemented an effective Domestic Violence prosecution team, together with a victim-witness/community outreach agency to educate the public about this crime. In addition, he organized and implemented aggressive prosecutions for Impaired Driving offenses, appearing before the Virgin Island Legislature on several occasions recommending a system of mandatory fines, penalties and suspensions for these offenses.
After returning to Illinois in 2003, he resumed practice with the Geocaris Law Firm handling a variety of legal issues and becoming an expert in Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license reinstatement hearings.
Jim takes pleasure in obtaining excellent results for his clients. He aspires to continue in his practice, perhaps running for public office one day, “retiring” into a teaching position later in life or doing mission work.