James V. Ferolo graduated from Northwestern University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He was recognized for academic excellence in Political Science earning membership into Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society). He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1992. While attending law school, Mr. Ferolo was a member of the Dean's List, served on the staff of the Loyola University Chicago Tax Reporter, and was named a Semi-Finalist in the Loyola University Intra-School Moot Court Competition. During his third year in law school, Mr. Ferolo served as a Judicial Extern for United States District Court Judge James Alesia and as a Student Intern in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Ferolo was admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois in 1992. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He has been admitted to the bars of the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Ferolo is a co-author of the chapter on "Municipal Finance and Taxation" published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is also a contributing author to the firm’s manuals entitled "Handbook on Practice and Procedure in Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters", "Manual on Conflicts of Interest and Liability of Local Elected Officials", and the “Manual on Illinois Sunshine Laws” all published by the Illinois Municipal League.
Mr. Ferolo has spoken on a variety of topics for the Illinois Municipal League and other governmental organizations including conflicts of interest, municipal liability, litigation, special service areas, annexation and boundary agreements, and referendums.
His practice at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. focuses on the representation of local governmental entities, municipal redevelopment, real estate issues, library law, governmental litigation, and general corporate matters.