Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd.
James R. Griffin

James Griffin practices in the areas of energy, land use, business and real estate litigation, environmental law, and government relations. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

Jim has been actively representing energy companies in the Midwest United States for more than a decade. He has led successful permitting efforts for numerous utility scale wind energy projects, including some of the first wind energy projects developed in the Midwest. Jim has also represented solar energy project developers on multiple utility scale solar energy projects, and several dozen community solar energy projects.

Jim’s clients at Schain Banks especially rely upon his skills and expertise when facing organized project opposition. His knowledge and expertise in renewable energy, combined with his extensive land use litigation background, have supported project efforts to overcome and defeat uninformed local objections, and successfully obtain permit approvals. Jim has also successfully defended project entitlements against third-party lawsuits in court.

In addition to assisting with project permitting efforts, Jim advises energy clients on leasing, easement and land control matters. Jim also represents clients in performing due diligence relating to the acquisition and financing of energy projects. Along with other Schain Banks team members, he works to obtain economic incentives for project developers.

Beyond his renewable energy practice, Jim represents developers of commercial, industrial and large residential projects. Recent examples of his successful projects include a $50M surgical and medical center, commercial composting facility, Chicago industrial planned development, and a residential development of a former golf course by a national homebuilder.

Jim also maintains an active litigation practice, focusing on land use, real estate and business disputes.

Jim obtained his law degree from University of Illinois-Chicago Law School (formerly John Marshall Law School) and his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Practice areas:
Civil litigation, land use, zoning, renewable energy, environmental law, government relations and developer incentives

JD, 1997, The John Marshall Law School, Cum Laude
BS Mechanical Engineering, 1994, Purdue University

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Professional Affiliations:
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Wind Energy Association