Jim Vito has been practicing law since 1974 and is licensed in the Illinois Courts and the Federal Courts. He is an experienced Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator, and Educator.
J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1974.
M.S., Business, San Jose State University, 1968.
B.A., Business, St. Ambrose University, 1964.
Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker, 1980.
Jim is an accomplished attorney in general practice concentrating in Employment and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law. Prior to entering into private practice, Jim was as a Human Resources executive skilled in labor relations, EEO and managing HR functions in corporate, manufacturing and foreign environments for Zenith Electronics Corporation. In this capacity, he had a demonstrated hands-on track record of successfully being involved in contract negotiations, arbitration, grievance management, and employment planning while enhancing productivity of business units and individual contributors. He was responsible for resolving all discrimination complaints and charges and directing the Company’s affirmative action plan (AAP).
In 1997, Jim joined Mike Ponticelli engaging in the general practice of law and concentrating in Employment and EEO law. Jim regularly counsels and represents clients on hiring, discipline, termination, sexual harassment, reductions in force, plant closures, separation/severance agreements, covenants not to compete, protection of confidential information and trade secrets, independent contractor agreements, arbitration agreements, designing employment and compensation policies, and drafting employee handbooks. He also has substantial experience in real estate law, corporation law, estate planning and general law matters.
Jim has been trained as and serves as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County. In this capacity, Jim acts as an impartial member of a panel that determines the merits and damages of cases that are scheduled to be heard by the Courts. Typically, these cases involve personal injury (regardless of whether a jury demand has been filed) and those actions for property damages or breach of contract in which a timely jury demand has been filed.
Jim attended a forty (40) hour training course at DePaul University’s Center for Dispute Resolution and acquired a Mediation Training Certificate, which certificate qualified him to act as a Court appointed Mediator.
Jim is presently an adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses at National Lewis University and has taught at Harper Community College, Illinois Benedictine University, Triton College, and North Central University. Jim teaches Equal Employment (EEO)/Employee Relations Law (covering all aspects of illegal discrimination and employment laws); Human Resources Planning and the Current Practices in Human Resources; Business Law; and Human Resources and Diversity. Jim taught Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, which included an overview of labor relations including union history, labor law development and practice, collective bargaining, equal employment law, and modern labor/management theory and practice.
Established in 1986, Ponticelli & Vito is a law firm that is based in the Chicagoland area with a practice that serves our clients’ needs with an emphasis in employment and labor issues. We are conveniently located close to O’Hare International Airport in Park Ridge, Illinois. Our location allows easy access to out of town clients as well as to the city and suburban clients. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and in the Federal District Court.
Monday – Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm