James G. Fahey

James G. Fahey joined Sorling Northrup in 2000 after completing a clerkship with Fourth District Appellate Court Justice Sue E. Myerscough. A former Attorney with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and a past Director of Adult Court Services in Sangamon County, Fahey has held management, research, and direct service positions at the state, appellate, and circuit court levels, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for elected officials and government entities. Mr. Fahey has also authored several articles in professional publications and provided seminars on a variety of legal issues.

Mr. Fahey concentrates his practice in commercial/corporate litigation, employment law, intellectual property and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. Fahey also provides a wide range of intellectual property services, including counseling, availability determinations, validity and infringement analyses, registration, assignments, licensing and a full continuum of litigation services in such areas as trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secrets.

Reported Cases:

Prazon v. Shoop (IMRF), 2013 IL 115035, 998 N.E.2d 1
Barber v. City of Springfield, 406 Ill.App.3d 1099, 943 N.E.2d 157 (4th Dist. 2011)
Loman v. Freeman, 229 Ill.2d 104, 890 N.E.2d 446 (2008)
Quinlan v. Stouffe, 355 Ill.App.3d 830, 823 N.E.2d 597 (4th Dist. 2005)
Central Illinois Light Company v. The Home Insurance Company, 213 Ill.2d 141, 821 N.E.2d 206 (2004).


  • Benedictine University, Lisle, IL - B.A. in Psychology, 1984
  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO - J.D., cum laude, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Practice Areas