The Kohlstedt Law Firm LLC

James A. Kohlstedt


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the Kohlstedt Law Firm  LLC

While the Kohlstedt Law Firm has a proven record of accomplishment of success in negotiations, drafting documentation, and closing transactions, Jim is  also committed to remaining abreast of the latest developments in areas related to your case. When you engage The Kohlstedt Law Firm, expect to hit the ground running with somebody who brings experience and knowledge to bear with regard to your project.

Attorney Profiles



  • Served as member of Army Advisory Panel for ROTC Cadet Command
  • Served as President, Vice-President and Board Member for Lyons Township High School Board of Education
  • Served as Delegate to president Clinton's Summit on Travel and Tourism
  • Served as Board Member of Chicago Chapter of American Society of Travel Agents
  • Assisted in founding and served as General Counsel for Illinois Travel and Tourism Association and Visit Illinois
  • Chicago Jaycees Man of the Year Award
  • Named as Superlawyer in Chicago
  • Served on Advisory Committee for Illinois Math and Science Academy
  • Scholarship Award Winner to Colorado Outward Bound School. Worked for Outward Bound as Assistant Instructor and Logistics Coordinator.

James A. Kohlstedt is a partner and founder of The Kohlstedt Law Firm LLC.  Mr. Kohlstedt practices in the areas of real estate, including transactional, financing, leasing, business counseling and transactions, and estate planning and estate administration.   Jim worked for several large firms in Chicago and Oak Brook prior to establishing his own firm.


After completing graduate school, Jim initially worked as a Tax Specialist for KPMG.   He then joined the law Firm of Bishop & Crawford, which relocated to Oak Brook, Illinois.   After becoming a partner with Bishop & Crawford, he became one of the founding partners of the Oak Brook office of Arnstein Lehr in 1987.    Along with several other attorneys, he became a senior partner with Keck Mahin & Cate in 1987, and established their Oak Brook office.  In addition to his real estate and corporate practice, Jim was the partner in charge of the technology and trade association practices for the Keck Mahin & Cate Oak Brook office.   This office joined McBride Baker & Coles in 1997.    When the Oak Brook office closed after merging with Holland & Knight in 2001, Jim established his own office in Oak Brook.  

Jim received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (Political Science), his JD and MBA (Finance) degrees from Indiana University, and attended the DePaul University Masters in Tax Program.

Jim has been active in a variety of local and national boards and organizations.   He was President and Chairman of the Oak Brook Jaycees.   He served for twenty years on the Board of Education for Lyons Township High School, serving as President and Vice President during his tenure.  He served as the Chairman of the Facilities Committee during the construction of the South Campus pool, field house, and performing arts center, and received the Award of Excellence from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association for his leadership in this extensive construction project.   He has been a regular speaker at programs with respect to technology, financing, and estate planning. He served on the Planned Giving Committee for Elmhurst College.  He was a delegate to President Bill Clinton’s National Conference on Travel and Tourism, and organized and was general counsel for the Illinois Tourism Association, later known as Visit Illinois. Mr. Kohlstedt also served on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Council for Moraine Valley College. He previously served on the Collegiate Advisory Panel to the U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Command based in Fort Monroe, Virginia. He is a member of the Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin Bar Associations.

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