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Ponticelli & Vito

James C. Vito

With many years of experience and well-established background, we are here to serve you to the best of our abilities.
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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.

Ponticelli & Vito

Who we are?

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

Ponticelli & Vito


Our mission is to provide personal service and competent, experienced legal services to our clients on an efficient and economical basis.

Mike Ponticelli was a very supportive attorney through an extremely difficult and emotional legal settlement against an employer. The former employer was vicious and unreasonable. Mike is cool-headed and thoughtful. He was able to give me a frank assessment of my position and navigate an acceptable settlement--even letting me know when he felt there was more room to negotiate. I greatly appreciated his supportive and kind demeanor in all out interactions. I also greatly appreciated his willingness to take my case on contingency. Notably, he does not promise justice which is realistic since some wrongs can never be made right. Mike is an honest and ethical attorney.

Yelp Reviews

I was referred by a friend to Ponticelli and Vito after an unfortunate employment matter. They were a great office to work with, very thorough and professional, yet caring and sensitive when it came to uncomfortable subject matters concerning my previous employment. My lawyer made sure I understood all the steps of the legal process completely and was a pleasure to work with. I was eventually able to settle the matter, and was very happy with the results. I would recommend Ponticelli and Vito to anyone in need of help with similar legal employment issues including my own family or friends.

Jennie P.

Ponticelli and Vito is a fantastic organization. I have personally used them on several transactions and have never been disappointed. As a Realtor, I recommend them regularly with confidence to my clients because I know Frank and Mike, along with their wonderful and talented staff will work diligently to protect the best interest and provide the best experience for my clients. I highly recommend this firm!

Mario DiLorenzo

Ponticelli & Vito Attorneys at Law Provide Excellent Service - Mr. Ponticelli provided extremely professional, focused and efficient service during a time of surprise professional change. His insights and recommendations were invaluable. We highly recommend Mr. Ponticelli and his staff for anyone in need of employment-related legal services.

Dexknows Review

Frank is an excellent attorney. He is professional, quick to respond, friendly, a great person to have on your side and flat out gets the job done. I highly recommend him and his company

Jeff Katz

My family has worked with Ponticelli and Vito several times over the last few years. Each time Frank and his staff were knowledgeable, prompt, and very helpful to deal with. We will continue to work with Frank in the future and would highly recommend Ponticelli and Vito.

Michael Gillespie

I used Frank for a real estate transaction and couldn’t have been happier with the results. Great interactions, very helpful with any questions I had, and very fair and reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend Frank to anyone looking for legal help.

Doug Pawl

Ponticelli & Vito has served our local Chicagoland neighbors since 1986